As usual, Herman and defensive coordinator Todd Orlando did a nice job adding some edge rushers to this class that will play a prominent role for the defensive line in the near future. There were also some additions that could get some time in the defensive line rotation next year.
The area where the Horns still need some help is at defensive tackle. Texas loses its defensive tackle this off-season and could use some help there in this class. All of the defensive line signees for the Horns were three-star prospects. One came from the JUCO ranks.
Here’s a look at the defensive ends:
Weak-Side Defensive End:
Peter Mpagi (Richmond, TX): Although the Horns didn’t land a single defensive line signee rated above a three-star prospect, Mpagi is a good example of a value haul. He’s got good size and underrated speed for the rating he was given. Grade: B+
Strong-Side Defensive End:
Myron Warren (Many, LA): The highest rated signee for the Texas defensive line thus far could help plug some holes on the defensive line in the next two or three years. His opportunity could come as soon as 2019 with the departures of Breckyn Hager and Charles Omenihu. Grade: B+
Jacoby Jones (El Dorado, KS): More than likely, the defensive line signee that has the best shot at getting some early playing time and a big role next year is Jones. He was a flip from the Sooners and the only JUCO defensive end in this class. Grade: A-
T’Vondre Sweat (Huntsville, TX): The depth is going to grow along the defensive line for the Horns by adding three strong-side defensive ends in one class. Sweat is the most undersized and lowest rated at his position in this class, but he does have a high ceiling. Grade: C+