Early Signing Day Tracker 2019: Grading each Texas signee

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Offensive Line/Special Teams

The 2018 recruiting cycle saw Texas football recruiting place a very heavy emphasis on both the offensive line and special teams. Texas hauled in punter Ryan Bujcevski and kicker Cameron Dicker in the 2018 class, and the offensive line had a number of additions from the high school and JUCO ranks.

For the 2019 recruiting class, the Horns could still use some depth along the offensive line, and didn’t need much help on special teams with Dicker and Bujcevski in the mix at least until the 2020 season. The decision of Hookfin will have a big impact on the outcome of this offensive line class.

Four-star offensive tackle Javonne Shepherd is the only Texas commit that didn’t sign his National Letter of Intent which is something to watch moving forward.

Offensive Tackle:

Tyler Johnson (Conroe, TX): This might be the biggest get for the 2019 class for the Horns. Johnson is the highest rated commit in the class and could be a starter by the beginning of the 2020 regular season. Grade: A+

Javonne Shepherd (Houston, TX)*: The commitment of Shepherd gets an asterisk since he is keeping his recruitment somewhat open it seems until National Signing Day. His recruitment has gone back and forth with head coach Jimbo Fisher and the Texas A&M Aggies. Grade: B-