There’s a few key positions that this Texas football recruiting class needed to fill heading into the Early Signing Period. Landing four-star offensive tackle Isaiah Hookfin helped to partially fill one of the bigger needs, which was along the offensive line. Texas could still use the addition of an offensive guard, but having three talented linemen can help them get by.
However, the one position that does need some help still more than anything else is running back. Four-star Buford, GA, rusher Derrian Brown is going to get the opportunity to contribute early for Herman and offensive coordinator Tim Beck. Alongside rising sophomore standout running back Keaontay Ingram, Brown could become the second rusher in line for the Texas offense.
Brown is a key piece of this incoming freshmen class, but the Horns do need to add at least two running backs either by way of the recruiting trail or transfer market this off-season. The losses of three key running backs that either would’ve helped out next season or contributed a lot in 2018 makes for a void that will be difficult to fill without another talented rusher.
That key running back target that the Horns could start pursuing more in the last month before National Signing Day might’ve arrived with the emergence of four-star Jackson Prep standout Jerrion Ealy. Originally committed with the Ole Miss Rebels, Ealy opened up his recruitment on Jan. 8 and holds an offer from the Horns.