Texas Football: 5 bold National Signing Day Horns predictions

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4. Texas has to turn to the transfer market for offensive line help

The two biggest positional needs for this 2019 Texas football recruiting class are well known at this point. The Horns need to add some depth along the offensive line and at running back before it’s all said and done for this recruiting cycle and on the transfer market this off-season. Texas does still have two routes it can take to fill those positional needs.

That offensive line need could grow much larger if the Horns aren’t able to get four-star North Forest High School offensive tackle Javonne Shepherd to sign his National Letter of Intent. The Texas A&M Aggies look to still be in play to flip and sign Shepherd before National Signing Day. Texas needs to do everything it can to prevent that.

Shepherd is one of three offensive line commits right now for this class, but the only one that hasn’t signed his letter of intent yet. He’s taken a few recent visits both with Texas and Texas A&M. His recruitment could come right down to the wire and is one of the looming storylines to follow all the way up until National Signing Day is in the books.

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Furthermore, there’s not much left among the uncommitted prospects for this recruiting cycle to snag along the offensive line. Texas would have to dig pretty deep to find an offensive line commit that was actually highly touted in his recruiting rankings. There’s a few JUCO prospects left for the Horns, but that’s about it.