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Two Alabama graduate transfer OL could emerge as options for Texas

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With two scholarships remaining, the Horns may look to add depth on the offensive line’s interior.

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The graduate transfer market is still heating up with the approach of summer-like temperatures and the Texas Longhorns could have interest in two former Alabama Crimson Tide offensive linemen.

Offensive guard Dallas Warmack will have two years of eligibility remaining after redshirting last season and opting to continue his career elsewhere. Out of high school, the 6’2, 314-pounder was ranked as the No. 10 offensive guard nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, and appeared in seven games as a true freshman and nine games as a sophomore.

Warmack plans on visiting Oregon, which could emerge as a major contender for his services since current head coach Mario Cristobal served as the offensive line coach at Alabama for his first two seasons.

The extent of any interest from Texas is unclear at this point, but Director of Recruiting Bryan Carrington does follow Warmack on Twitter now.

Another possible option is Brandon Kennedy, who also has two years of eligibility remaining. The 6’2, 308-pounder is appealing because he has some experience at center after sitting out most of last season and earning a medical redshirt due to a leg injury. In 2016, he appeared in 10 games as a back up.

Since head coach Nick Saban is blocking Kennedy from transferring to any SEC schools or future out-of-conference opponents, his options are a little bit more limited. However, Kennedy doesn’t currently have any followers related to the Texas program, but that could change in the coming days.

The bottom line is that Texas could benefit from using one of the two remaining scholarships for the fall by adding an interior offensive lineman to increase depth. The former Alabama players are particularly intriguing because they were clearly beaten out by extremely talented players and come from a winning culture. Not to mention the fact that both have two years of eligibility, which is relatively unusual for graduate transfers.

Stay tuned, though — Texas has some flexibility to continue to make some moves in the next few weeks.