One of the nation’s premier defensive tackle prospects is still considering Tom Herman’s Texas Longhorns.
On Sunday afternoon, four-star Bishop Dunne defensive tackle Calvin Avery trimmed his list of 24 offers to 12 finalists and among those still being considered are the Longhorns.
Along with the Longhorns, Arkansas, Arizona State, Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas A&M, USC and Washington were named in Avery’s top 12.
A high-level in-state prospect, Avery is yet to visit the Forty Acres this offseason since picking up his November 29 offer just days after Herman took over in Austin. With Texas still in the mix going forward, though, expect the Longhorns staff to make an effort to get Avery on campus during the summer.
At this point, Texas is in a good position with defensive tackle targets Keondre Coburn and Bobby Brown, but each are far from a lock to Austin and considering Herman’s displeasure with the defensive line throughout the offseason, an intensified pursuit of Avery seems quite possible.
Nebraska is currently considered the favorite for Avery, holding seven of his 10 Crystal Ball projections.
At 6’1.5, 310 pounds, Avery is ranked as the nation’s No. 194 player, No. 18 defensive tackle and No. 23 overall prospect in Texas, per to 247Sports Composite.