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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Horns Snapshot: OL Desmond Harrison

By William Wilkerson

To gear up for 2013 national signing day, HornsNation’s William Wilkerson is breaking down every commitment in the Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class.

Vitals: Offensive tackle Desmond Harrison, Contra Costa College (Calif.) | 6-foot-8, 310 pounds

Committed: Jan. 21, 2013

ESPN.com grade: 79; three-star prospect

ESPN.com rankings: No. 38 in the ESPN Junior College 100

Picked Texas over: Arizona State, Oklahoma and USC

State of the position: Simply put, Texas is stacked across the offensive line. It returns all five starters from 2013 in Donald Hawkins, Trey Hopkins, Dominic Espinosa, Mason Walters and Josh Cochran. Then you start to add in reserves such as Kennedy Estelle, Sedrick Flowers, Garrett Greenlea, Taylor Doyle, Garrett Porter, Curtis Riser and Camrhon Hughes. There area a lot of former high school All-Americans in that list. That doesn’t even mention Darius James and Kent Perkins, the two highest ranked recruits in the class, or Rami Hammad, who had some 50 offers.

Pros: “Harrison possesses the size, athleticism and playing strength needed to dominate his present level of competition and shows both the run- and pass-blocking skills needed for success at the major level of play. He has good flexibility, balance and agility playing out of two- and three-point stances. He displays the ability to adjust his feet to quick change of direction movement. He plays on his feet in space and gives a good effort downfield.” – ESPN scouting report

Cons: “He will need to improve his hands use, but his size, playing strength and athleticism indicate the potential to step in and become an immediate impact player.” – ESPN scouting report

Similar to/potential role: Kennedy Estelle. Both players are tall, over three bills and possess the type of bend and athleticism needed to be a bookend. Both have very nimble feet and quick hands that will serve them well in run-blocking at Texas. But unlike Estelle, who seldom played in 2012, Harrison will see the field right away.

Expected impact: 2013. Yes, the Longhorns return all five starters on the offensive line. But there is no way Harrison won’t compete for early playing time. He could potentially start at left tackle, which could send a domino effect of change throughout the line.