In the coming days, a small army of prospects representing the 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 classes will flock to the Forty Acres for the Texas Longhorns’ Junior Day, and among that bunch is a lone official visitor — JUCO offensive tackle Willie Tyler.
An unranked prospect out of Iowa Western C.C., Tyler will be among three immediately-eligible offensive linemen visiting the Longhorns this weekend, along with a Georgia Tech graduate transfer offensive guard Parker Braun and Virginia graduate transfer R.J. Procter.
A 6’7, 330-pound talent, Tyler will have four years to play three, and should the Longhorns put an offer on the table in the coming days, it’s quite possible, if not likely that Texas emerges as the team to beat based upon his recent comments to 247Sports’ Mike Roach.
“I stayed up to date pretty well before they even contacted me,” Tyler said. “Growing up, I played for the Longhorns, and I always wanted to play for them in college. Ever since then, I have been staying up on them since the Colt McCoy days.”
Per the 247Sports report, Tyler is slated to become a May graduate. Tyler doesn’t currently hold any offers.
The Longhorns signed a trio of four-star offensive tackles in 2019 in Tyler Johnson, Isaiah Hookfin, and Javonne Shepherd, but with the Longhorns losing three starters along the offensive line in left tackle Calvin Anderson, left guard Patrick Vahe, and right guard Elijah Rodriguez, which may result in right tackle Samuel Cosmi sliding over to guard, Texas is still seeking a plug-and-play prospect.