A third 2018 offer went out from the Texas Longhorns on Thursday, this time to a prospect a familiar high school — Houston Westfield product Keondre Coburn, a defensive tackle:
Truly blessed to have receive my #11 offer from The University Of Texas ⚪️ ⚪️ Hook 'Em pic.twitter.com/hw8IfTRNlA— Keondre Coburn9️⃣9️⃣ (@slowburn99) January 5, 2017
The 6’1, 326-pounder plays at the same high school at which Longhorns assistant Corby Meekins was the longtime head coach and where his brother currently holds the same title.
In the 2016 class, those ties paid off handsomely for Meekins’ former employer, Houston, as the hometown school was able to land the signature of consensus five-star defensive tackle Ed Oliver.
Coburn is now into the double digits in offers, holding invitations to play at Arizona, Baylor, Colorado, Houston, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, TCU, and Texas A&M, among others.
Even well before Coburn’s offer, there was already some thought that Tom Herman coming to Austin and bringing Meekins along with him would have a significant impact on Coburn’s decision — two 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions quickly came in for the Longhorns.
A consensus four-star prospect, Coburn is ranked as the No. 106 prospect nationally, the No. 11 defensive tackle, and the No. 12 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
With the increasing likelihood that the ‘Horns will take only one defensive tackle in 2017 or miss entirely at the position, Coburn is already a key target for the new staff.