The Texas Longhorns will have to continue recruiting the lone defensive tackle commit in the 2018 recruiting class, as Houston Westfield standout Keondre Coburn tweeted on Tuesday that he won’t sign this week:
I will not be signing this week nothing on Texas just need to take more time in my decision. This decision is the next chapter in my life need to make sure I’m making the right one still committed just not a 100% please respect my decision.— Keondre Coburn⁹⁹ (@KeondreCoburn99) December 19, 2017
The 2018 Under Armour All-American has already taken his official visit to Texas, visiting Austin on December 8, so the coaching staff is surely disappointed about not convincing him to shut down his recruitment for good.
But perhaps it isn’t a surprise that he’s going to wait, as Coburn did take an official visit to TCU last weekend and may also want to take trips to Alabama and Texas A&M before making a final decision.
Given Coburn’s interest in the Aggies throughout the recruiting process and his longtime relationship with defensive line Terry Price, who was retained by new head coach Jimbo Fisher, there’s no question that Texas A&M looms as a threat to Texas.
However, since this is a new process doing through the early signing period and Coburn hasn’t decommitted, there’s no particular reason to panic at this time, especially since tight ends coach Corby Meekins, the primary recruiter of Coburn, was also his former coach at Westfield.
Those ties run deep as well.
The ‘Horns can also offer early playing time with nose tackle Poona Ford off to the NFL after the Texas Bowl.
With all that being said, it’s also imperative that Texas keeps the 6’1, 329-pounder in the 2018 recruiting class — it’s too late in the process to find another player with the talent level and upside of Coburn.