The big visit weekend for the Texas Longhorns for the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers culminated with one of the most unexpected commitments in recent memory, as Navaro College offensive tackle Tristan Nickelson pledged to the Horns:
The road to this point has been a long one, I have decided that I will be attending the University of Texas this spring!! #HookEm— Tristan Nickelson (@Tristan_OT75) November 9, 2014
The pledge came hours after the huge 33-16 victory for Texas that was the first win at home over a ranked team since 2008.
Nickelson is a massive prospect at 6'9 and 319 pounds who wasn't even on the radar before the game and just received his first FBS offer days ago from Iowa State before committing to head coach Paul Rhoads on November 3. The commitment to the Cyclones was short-lived, however, as he couldn't turn down the chance to play for the Longhorns:
"Texas is a school I grew up cheering for and always dreamed about going to," Nickeson told Horns247. "I wasn't exactly sure it was going to go down with them, so when they offered it was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I couldn't pass up."
A product of League City Clear Falls who will enroll in the spring and have four seasons to complete his three years of eligibility, Nickelson is a consensus two-star prospect ranked as the No. 23 junior college offensive tackle, the No. 20 junior college prospect in the state of Texas, and the No. 165 junior college prospect nationally.
He also holds offers from Louisiana-Monroe and North Texas.
Nickelson is now part of a large offensive line class for offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Wickline, who is looking to put his mark on the program quickly -- there are now six pledges along the line in the 2015 recruiting class and the Longhorns could still take Galena Park North Shore offensive guard Tyler Moore.
It's unclear if Texas is still in the market for another junior college offensive tackle after taking Nickelson.
With the big tackle's pledge, the Longhorns now have 18 pledges in a class that ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 16 nationally int the 247Sports Composite rankings.