While the Texas Longhorns’ 2018 recruiting efforts are proving fruitful at key positions this cycle, the defensive line hasn’t exactly enjoyed the same success as quarterback, wide receiver and the secondary. Last week, Texas threw its name into the mix with another target in the trenches by offering Oklahoma City Millwood (Okla.) defensive tackle Israel Antwine following his visit and almost immediately, Cystal Ball projections started trickling in favoring the ‘Horns.
Previously committed to Ole Miss, Antwine backed out of his pledge to the Rebels on Sunday night, leaving the door wide open to Texas to secure its first pledge at this position.
This has been a long thought out decision and not an reaction. Thank you for understanding God bless. pic.twitter.com/eeRkuEYeY1— Israel antwine (@IsraelAntwine) July 31, 2017
At noted in his decommitment announcement, Antwine doesn’t plan to prolong the recruiting process.
Antwine’s late July visit to Austin marked his second of the offseason and depending on just how long the Oklahoma native is willing to wait and evaluate his options before shutting his recruitment down, Oscar Giles may soon have his first commit in the trenches.
Between July 26 and July 30, five Crystal Ball projections have come in with each favoring Texas. The ‘Horns could be in for another flurry of commits throughout August and Antwine may very well be among that bunch.
The 6’2.5, 286-pounder holds 19 total offers, including invitations from Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas Tech, among others.
Antoine is ranked as the nation’s No. 746 player, No. 55 defensive tackle and the No. 13 player in Oklahoma, per 247Sports Composite.