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Texas DT commit Keondre Coburn fills key area of need for the 'Horns

The Longhorns now have a much more positionally diverse 2018 class.


There hasn't been much to complain about with regards to Tom Herman's recruiting, as the new Texas head coach has stormed out to a No. 3 class in the nation thus far. There was, however, a key void in the class — a defensive tackle.

That all changed when four-star DT Keondre Coburn pledged to the 'Horns on Monday afternoon.

Prior to Coburn's commitment, many of Herman's top pledges were at position groups that weren't key needs. For example, the 'Horns have three safety and three wide receiver pledges — both positions are already areas of strength on the current Texas team.

The No. 8 overall DT provides a massive lift to a class that has always been supremely talented, but is now also becoming well-rounded.

Herman had somewhat of an uphill battle in finding talent to replace highly-touted transfers Jordan Elliott and Marcel Southall. The state of Texas isn't necessarily loaded at defensive tackle for 2018 — 10 of the top 100 DT's in the nation are from the Lone Star state, down from 14 in 2017.

Coburn is one of three four-star DT's in Texas, and he is ranked as the best at the position in the state.

The Westfield (Tx.) player is 6'1, 329 pounds, but is remarkably quick for his size and uses that burst in addition to his strength to trouble opposing backfields.

The Houston product is poised to serve as a replacement at nose tackle for current senior Poona Ford. Though Ford is the only senior defensive tackle on the team, Herman will look to add more bodies than he is losing at the position.

Three-star DT Israel Antwine, who decommitted from Ole Miss on July 30, is heavily trending towards the 'Horns. Antwine paired with Coburn could very well give Texas solid defensive tackle depth in 2018 for a position that looks like it will be fairly thin for this season.

Coburn's commitment comes less than a week after Herman landed top JUCO TE Dominick Wood-Anderson, who filled another much needed spot.

Herman's vision of revolution for the 2018 class is quickly taking shape, and the 'Horns are starting to have a group that both contains elite talent and fills vital positions.