Texas Football: Analyzing 3 most underrated 2023 early signees

Sydir Mitchell, Texas football
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Connor Stroh, OT

I’ve often discussed in recent days how much I like the find by offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Kyle Flood and the Longhorns in the 2023 class to get the towering three-star Frisco Wakeland offensive tackle Connor Stroh signed early. The enormous 6-foot-6.5 and 355-pound Stroh is one of the biggest offensive tackles that you’ll find in this entire recruiting class.

Stroh’s frame and length fit the bill of what Flood and the Longhorns look for in the trenches in terms of adding “big humans” to the mix. But what makes Stroh such an intriguing evaluation is the fact that he’s actually getting much faster, despite his frame sitting well north of 350 pounds throughout much of the last couple of years.

The rate of improvement is something that is often discussed when analysts talk about Stroh’s profile coming out of high school. He just gets better and better, no matter what the setting is. Stroh continued to trend up both in the camp setting and on the field for Wakeland High School in the last three seasons.

The fact that Stroh is getting so much better year-over-year combined with the insane size he brings to the table means that he could be an earlier contributor for the Longhorns than originally anticipated when he committed to Texas during the summer.

Stroh could fit at multiple spots along the offensive line depending on how he changes his body at Texas in the next couple of years. if Stroh sticks around 340-355 pounds early in his collegiate career, he could easily project along the interior offensive line for the Longhorns.

But if Stroh really gets his body right and continues to improve at the rate he did in the last two high school seasons, he could easily compete for a starting spot at offensive tackle in the next two or three years.