It’s been a great week for the Texas Longhorns offensive line. Once considered to be a weak link, they appear to be on their way to becoming one of the strengths on the team, thanks to coach Stacey Searels and two key additions to the 2013 recruiting class in the last two days.
Earlier this week, the Horns picked up a key commitment from JUCO transfer Desmond Harrison. Today, they received a verbal commitment from another offensive lineman to help round out the class: Irving High School (Texas) standout, Rami Hammad.
Hammad, who was at one time committed to the Oklahoma State Cowboys then later to the Baylor Bears, also chose the Longhorns over Big 12 Conference rivals, the Oklahoma Sooners and the TCU Horned Frogs.
Hammad, a right guard, certainly has the size for the position, standing at 6’5″ and 320 pounds. Hammad and Harrison join three other offensive linemen in the 2013 class: Under Armour All-American Darius James and US Army All-Americans Kent Perkins and Jake Raulerson. Though it was first belief that Raulerson would slide over to defensive end, many close to the program now believe he will indeed get a shot at the offensive line as well.
Over the last several seasons, there is no doubt that the Texas offensive line was indeed a weakness; however, with a new vision from coach Searels and the addition of stronger and bigger athletes at the position, it appears that the men protecting the quarterback and opening up holes for their running backs very well may be one of the best groups on the field in the very near future.