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Texas makes ‘huge jump’ with 5-star OT Kenyon Green on weekend visit

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Mission accomplished.

Kenyon Green with Herb Hand
via @K_Green_01

One of the most important storylines for Texas Longhorns recruiting in recent weeks was whether the staff could get Humble Atascosita offensive tackle Kenyon Green on campus and surge in his recruitment.

This weekend, Green visited Austin and the ‘Horns are now seemingly solidly in the mix for his services:

Entering the weekend, Texas A&M was the prohibitive favorite, holding all 11 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions. But with Saturday’s commitment of consensus five-star wide receiver Jordan Whittington and Green’s first opportunity spend time with co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Herb Hand, Texas has some momentum here.

Add in the typical impact of Director of Recruiting Bryan Carrington, who was promoted into his new role in recent days, and the outlook is suddenly much more bright for the Longhorns.

Other contenders for Green at this time include Alabama, LSU, and Oklahoma — there’s still plenty of competition for the 6’4, 317-pounder who is likely to play right tackle or guard in college.

In the overall arc of Green’s recruitment, however, Texas did what it had to do. Last weekend’s visits from the other top tackles in the state last, Tyler Johnson and Javonne Shepherd, have the ‘Horns in a much better position overall in offensive line recruiting compared to several weeks ago, when none of those prospects attended the Junior Days.

If Texas can land two of those three, then the offensive line class in 2019 is not only on the right track, but in position for Hand and company to reverse a long trend of generally subpar play in the offensive trenches.