The Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies don’t battle head-to-head on as many prospects these days as some would think.
In the 2016 class, there is one very key battle in the balance. That is because ESPN 300 No. 91 Jean Delance is a premium position prospect, and a need for both the Aggies and Longhorns.
The 6-foot-5, 292-pound offensive tackle currently has the Aggies and Longhorns in the top two. For the Under Armour All-America Game selection, his top two choices are a stark contrast on the field this season.
“You know I would like to see more improvement out of Texas, but I know they are playing with great young guys,” Delance said Thursday. “I know they will be good for the next two or three years, but I would like to see some more improvement. I have great friends there with Malik [Jefferson] and Deandre [McNeil], they have a great bond with the class and I know they will get better. Coach [Kevin] Sumlin speaks the truth. He said he wanted to get it done, and he is.”
While a decision between the two in-state powers is good bet, there are a number of national powers ready to knock down the door and pull the major upset.
“I’ve got Ohio State. I’m still trying to get up there to visit. I’m also still talking with LSU, USC, Michigan and Alabama a little bit. I have visits set to Michigan November 28 and December 12 will be Alabama.”
While the out of state programs remain in the mix, they face an uphill battle due to the Longhorns and Aggies ability to build relationships due to closeness to home.
That is good news for Texas A&M and Texas because the nation’s No. 8-ranked offensive tackle will be choosing his school based largely on relationships and trust.
“… It’s relationships. Programs are going to be good, and also have some droughts somewhere at any time. I want to have a great relationship with the coaches and players. I know wherever I go, I’m going to help a program continue to be good or get better.”
Delance doesn’t have a date set for a decision, but announcing at the Under Armour All-America Game is a possibility.