The Texas Longhorns filled one of their most important needs heading into next season by landing an offensive lineman from the junior college ranks early this afternoon. Desmond Harrison, who stands at 6’8″ and a shade over 300 pounds, is considered to be one of the best JUCO players in the 2013 class, and chose the Longhorns over the rival Oklahoma Sooners, the USC Trojans, and the Alabama Crimson Tide, along with several other top programs across the country.
Harrison, who played for Contra Costa Community College in California last season, is said to be an incredible athlete, particularly for his size. He has some ties to the State of Texas, having spent some of his childhood in the Houston area which may titled the scales in the Longhorns’ favor.
So what does the addition of Harrison mean for Texas next season?
Though the offensive line showed vast improvement last season in OL coach Stacey Searels second season in Austin, they still have lots of room for improvement. Both of last year’s starting tackles return in Donald Hawkins and Josh Cochran, but Texas lost their only experienced back-up from last year in Luke Poehlmann. The thought is that Harrison should be able to come in and make an immediate impact at the left tackle position, perhaps even taking over as the starter at the position.
Harrison joins Under Armour All-American Darius James and US Army All-Americans Kent Perkins and Jake Raulerson as the fourth offensive lineman in the 2013 recruiting class (though Raulerson will likely play DE in college), but the Longhorns may not be finished at the position just yet. Texas is in solid position to also land Irving High School star Rami Hammond later this week. His announcement will come Wednesday.
The offensive line, a position that was a weakness not too long ago, is shaping up very nicely for the Longhorns heading into next fall.