Texas Football Recruiting: Big DT commits – did Herman find the next Ed Oliver?

Tom Herman and the Texas Longhorns football team needs depth at the defensive tackle position.

Unfortunately, the Longhorns will have to wait until the 2018 recruiting class for reinforcements to arrive.

But, that reinforcement will be in the form of big Keondre Coburn, who verbally committed to the Longhorns on Monday.

Coburn is another Houston area high school star recruited by Tom Herman, formerly of the University of Houston.

Coburn’s final batch of schools included Texas, Big 12 rivals TCU and Baylor, and SEC teams Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas A&M. Fortunately, the big man chose the Longhorns to play college football next season.


What Does Keondre Coburn Bring to Texas Football?

Here’s what you need to know about Keondre Coburn (via 247Sports):

  • 6’1″ and 330 pounds
  • #13 player in the state of Texas
  • #1 DT in Texas
  • #8 DT nationally
  • #103 national player

If you’re looking for a comparison, look no further than Tom Herman’s former Houston Cougars team:

Ed Oliver.

The highlights of Coburn destroying offensive lineman, chasing down RBs with textbook tackling, and sacking QBs with force looks just like Oliver.

In Tom Herman’s second year at Houston, Oliver had a breakout freshman season wreaking havoc and living up to his five-star ranking coming out of high school.

Now at Texas, Coach Herman sought a similar player to recruit to the Longhorns. And, it appears that Herman got the DT he was looking for in Keondre Coburn.

There will be plenty of opportunities for Coburn to contribute right away next season as part of the 2018 recruiting class.

The Longhorns’ defensive line depth is already thin and current senior leader Poona Ford will be graduating after this football season.

That opens the door for Coburn to be a high-impact player for the Texas Longhorns during his freshman season, just like Ed Oliver was for Tom Herman at Houston last season.