With the specter of losing Connor Williams to the NFL looming for the Texas Longhorns, head coach Tom Herman offered an offensive tackle prospect on Monday — Waco Midway’s Kaitori Leveston:
The 6’5, 290-pounder committed to the Kansas State Wildcats in early September over offers from the likes of Arizona State, Houston, Missouri, and Texas Tech.
In the 2016 class, flipping a Kansas State offensive line commit worked out well for Texas, as Belton’s Zach Shackelford enrolled early and immediately became the team’s starting center, a role he’s held for nearly two full seasons when healthy.
Like Shackelford, Leveston hails from the Central Texas area and isn’t particularly well-regarded by the recruiting services — he’s a consensus three-star prospect ranked as the No. 117 offensive tackle and No. 189 player in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
If his athleticism is as strong as his Hudl profile reports, however, he should be receiving more attention, as it lists a 5-second 40-yard dash time, a 4.67 shuttle, and a 30-inch vertical leap. All of those numbers are extremely impressive for someone weighing nearly 300 pounds.
The evaluation ability of the Kansas State staff also makes Leveston appealing — if Bill Snyder and his coaches think he can play at a high level in Manhattan, Leveston is certainly good enough to deserve a chance in Austin.
Texas currently has two offensive tackle commits in the 2018 class — Frisco Wakeland’s Rafiti Ghirmai and Seminole’s Reese Moore — but the staff is likely looking at one or more additions to that group in an ideal situation.