Texas hasn’t landed a four-star tight end since the 2015 recruiting cycle, when they picked up a commitment from Devonaire Clarington, though the Miami product never played in Austin and transferred to Blinn due to grades. Now, in Tom Herman’s first full class in Austin, the Longhorns have finally landed the blue chip tight end they’ve wanted for the past three years, as JUCO tight end Domonick Wood-Anderson picked the Longhorns on Tuesday. Texas originally offered Wood-Anderson back in April, and he’s been one of Texas’ top priorities since then.
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Wood-Anderson is the 15th commitment in Texas’ 2018 class, and the first tight end in the class. He’s one of only five recruits in Texas’ class that isn’t from the Longhorn’s home state, as he’s coming from Arizona Western College. After landing two tight ends in the 2017 class, Reese Leitao and Cade Brewer, Texas was really only looking for one in this class, and Wood-Anderson is exactly the kind of guy they wanted. He fits perfectly in Tom Herman’s version of the spread.
Wood-Anderson picked Texas over Alabama, Louisville, Arizona, Auburn, Iowa State, Kansas, LSU, Maryland,Missouri, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, TCU and Utah. For much of his recruitment, Wood-Anderson was considered by most to be a heavy Alabama lean, and with a commitment date of August 1st set, it seemed like all but a sure thing that he’d be Tuscaloosa bound when he visited Alabama just over a week before his commitment. Contrary to the prevailing thought at the time, that visit was actually meant as a last chance for Alabama to change Wood-Anderson’s mind, as he had visited Taxes back in June, and the Longhorns had since taken the lead in his recruitment.
On the field, Wood-Anderson fits Tom Herman’s offense so well because of his versatility. He’s used primarily as a receiver at Arizona Western, and while he may not be fast enough to do that in the Big 12, he has pretty much all of the skills an elite receiver needs outside of that speed. He has prototypical tight end size, great hands, and an impressive ability to run routes. He gets separation very well, and will absolutely contribute as soon as he steps on campus. The only downside of his game is his lack of blocking ability, but that can be masked with a good line. His ceiling comparison is Eric Ebron.