The Longhorns got even beefier Wednesday, when Rami Hammad (Irving, Texas/Irving) chose Texas over Oklahoma, TCU and Baylor.
The former Bears commitment is the fourth offensive line pledge for Mack Brown and Co. in 2013, making it, by far, the biggest point of emphasis for this class.
The Longhorns are so deep across the offensive front in this recruiting cycle that they’ve been able to move Jake Raulerson, who ESPN pegs as the No. 9 OT, over to defensive end to start his career.
What kind of player is Texas getting in Hammad? Someone whom Baylor coach Art Briles thinks will be a future first-round NFL draft pick. At least that’s what Hammad said Briles told him when he called him after the prospect's visit to Austin over the weekend to tell Briles he was decommitting from the Bears.
For those thinking it was just fluff from Briles, would you think to shower a recruit with praise when he called to tell you he was decommitting from your program while, with a little reading between the lines, you could probably tell he was going to choose a conference rival? Not likely. That’s high-class stuff from Briles, who didn’t have to say anything of the sort.
Texas offensive line coach Stacy Searels also allegedly told Hammad that he was one of the best guys he’d recruited and that he wishes he had recruited him earlier. That’s high praise from a guy who has garnered commitments from two of the top offensive linemen in the country in James and Kent Perkins.
Searels has really accumulated quite the smorgasbord of talent in his time on the 40 Acres. Just look at what he has to work with next season.