The offensive line need for Texas football is going to be more dire at guard than it is at tackle. Texas recruited better at offensive tackle than it did at guard for the past two recruiting cycles, and the losses aren’t as heavy there. The most notable of the guard departures are seniors Patrick Vahe and Elijah Rodriguez.
The departure of Rodriguez will be really tough for the Texas offensive line since he was so versatile for the past few years. At least for the past two seasons, Rodriguez played pretty frequently at both guard and center. He filled in wherever there was an opening along the Texas offensive line
If Texas wants to bring in an offensive guard with some starting experience that does have a few years of eligibility left, an under the radar target could be junior Arizona Wildcats lineman Michael Eletise. This past season was really the first time that we saw Eletise get consistent starts for the Arizona offensive line.
At 6-foot-3 and 320 pounds and with some good footwork and a strong frame, Eletise is a good candidate to push the power runs that offensive coordinator Tim Beck likes to run up the middle. There isn’t a huge difference between the skill sets that Arizona and Texas are looking out of linemen either.