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Texas offers elite Mississippi SDE Nathan Pickering Jr.

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The Longhorns offered one of the nation’s premier edge rushers on Wednesday.

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One of the top edge rushers in the nation is now officially on the Texas Longhorns’ radar.

On Wednesday, Tom Herman and his staff extended an offer to elite Seminary (Miss.) strong-side defensive end Nathan Pickering Jr., he announced on Twitter.

Texas becomes Pickering’s first Big 12 offer, but the ‘Horns join a host of other programs in the mix, including Alabama, Florida, LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia and Notre Dame, among others.

Pickering holds 21 total offers to date, with 12 of those hailing from the SEC.

A brute force in the trenches, Pickering totaled 85 tackles in 2017, along with a mind-boggling 39 tackles for loss, five sacks and 21 hurries.

Unsurprisingly, with that kind of productivity, Pickering is one of the most coveted edge rushers in the nation, and as far as Texas is concerned, he’s the fourth strong-side defensive end to pick up a Longhorns offer, and at No. 50 nationally, he’s also the highest-ranked.

Mississippi State is currently considered the heavy frontrunner.

A 6’5, 270-pound prospect, Pickering is ranked as the nation’s No. 4 strong-side defensive end and the No. 2 player in Mississippi, per the 247Sports Composite.