As the Texas Longhorns work to add instant-impact tackle depth for the 2015 season, the Horns and offensive coordinator Joe Wickline have landed a planned official visit from East Mississippi CC's Brandon Hodges.
The trip to Austin is currently scheduled to happen on November 8 when the Horns host the Mountaineers, according to the 247Sports profile of Hodges.
The lower-rated prospect of the two that Texas offered during the bye week -- with the higher-rated prospect being Mississippi Gulf Coast CC's Martinas Rankin -- Hodges is a consensus two-star recruit ranked as the No. 18 junior college tackle and No. 36 junior college player in Mississippi.
Most Texas fans aren't questioning the prowess of Wickline as an evaluator at the moment, but it is worth saying that the lack of film on the 6'5, 295-pounder (his Hudl profile is set on private) could be impacting his current rankings, as 247Sports hasn't yet rated him. And there are as many good junior college players in the state of Mississippi as anywhere in the country.
Regardless, as the current state of affairs has put into sharp relief, the bigger concern at the moment is throwing bodies at the position and hoping that they can stick at tackle.
The serious competition for Texas at this time appears to be South Florida, the other school Hodges is planning on visit. His profile now reports offers from Georgia State, Illinois, Kentucky, Southern Miss, Texas State, and Western Kentucky. Other schools may well join the list in the near future with the offer from Texas and because most schools are still going through their evaluations of junior college prospects.
So since the Horns are battling just to get a visit from Rankin and have some much more serious competition for his services, the odds of landing Hodges would appear to be favorable at this time given the other schools that have offered.