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Four-star IOL Daniel Cruz signs with Texas

Kyle Flood lands the center of the future for the Longhorns.

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We all know that Texas offensive line coach Kyle Flood loves his big humans and he made sure to prioritize this one early and often in the cycle. Four-star offensive lineman Daniel Cruz was identified early on as the center of the future and the Texas staff did not relent until they got him in the boat over the summer.

Cruz quickly became a class leader and never wavered on his commitment. And now he has officially put pen to paper to become a Longhorn on Early Signing Day.

“Honestly they’re just building something special and the relationship I have with Flood is very special and of course with the players!” Cruz told 247Sports when he committed. “I believe with all my heart Flood can develop me into an NFL center and become an All-American and really get me to where I want to go both as a player and person!”

Holding almost 30 offers overall, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Tennessee, and USC, Cruz took just three visits in the busy month of June, starting in Columbus, before going to College Station, and then ultimately closing the month with Kyle Flood in Austin.

Cruz is one of the best interior offensive line prospects in the entire country and he made the transition to center for his senior season. Cruz will enroll in January, where he will have a chance to get acclimated in 2024 before competing for the starting center spot once Jake Majors moves on to the NFL.

Here is what I had to say on Cruz as a prospect this summer when he committed:

Cruz already possesses good size at 6’3.5 and 295 pounds. Has the prototypical frame you would expect for an interior offensive lineman at the next level. On tape he takes snaps at tackle and guard, but is destined to play at the interior at the next level and will likely be plugged in at center once he arrives on campus. Does a good job of firing off the ball and playing with low pads. Possesses good play strength and excels as a drive blocker. Cruz is consistently able to displace defenders from the LOS. Displays a good anchor both in pass pro and as a nose tackle, as he is able to absorb contact and hold his ground at the point of attack. Possesses the ideal aggression that you want from the position and consistently finishes his blocks. Shows good timing during combo blocks when he has to transition to linebackers at the second level. Shows good feet and pass pro and shows the ability to mirror defenders as well as beating them to their spot. Wish we already had some tape of him at center since that is the position he seems to be destined for, but that is nitpicking at this point.

Cruz is the 9th-ranked interior offensive line prospect in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, and the 213th overall.