Despite the waves of young talent at Charlie Strong’s disposal, the third-year head coach still saw deficiencies following the spring game, noting his desire for a kicker, slot receiver and two offensive lineman. Following the Baylor scandal, which allowed Texas and second opportunity to recruit previous targets and the graduate transfer market, Strong found exactly what he was looking for.
The additions of the nation’s No. 4 wide receiver in Devin Duvernay and the LSU graduate transfer Trent Domingue appears on pace to provide Texas with two day-one contributors. The need for a reliable kicker has been well documented following Nick Rose graduating and adding one with a career 15-21 field goal record is certainly a step in the right direction. It certainly wouldn’t hurt if Texas could get at least one of these out of the Melbourne, Australia native, either:
Duvernay, on the other hand, will see the end zone much more than once in his career at Texas, and as a shifty playmaker in the open field, he could become a safety valve for whichever quarterback ultimately runs the new-look Longhorns offense.
Here's a Devin Duvernay TD. Had to slow down a bit for this Heard throw, but not bad. pic.twitter.com/bAuoA4JFQf— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) August 6, 2016
Though Texas’ offensive line may be on the cusp of establishing a starting five with the presumed emergence of Tristan Nickelson and Kent Perkins sliding over the play guard, Matt Mattox’s unit was in severe need of depth. That depth came in the form of former Baylor signees Patrick Hudson and J.P. Urquidez.
Hudson entered Austin as the No. 2 ranked guard in the nation, and he’s the guy most likely to assume reps at any sign of attrition. In short, the man is going to be a beast in the trenches, while Urquidez will provide depth for the immediate future.
At the point where Texas was in the offseason following the spring game, Strong’s best bet for finding his four needs filled was as likely as looking to the sky and hoping for an answer. Luckily for Strong, the stars aligned more perfectly than he could have imagined.