Earlier today. one of the best classes in the country got even better. Tom Herman has taken Texas recruiting to another level since being hired as the new head coach back in December, as the Longhorns now sit at fourth in the nation according to 247sports, compared to rankings of 26th, seventh, 15th, 17th and 17th under former head coach Charlie Strong. Texas has landed four of the top five recruits in the state of Texas, as well as five of the top nine, and seven of the top 13, thanks to their newest commitment, Houston defensive tackle, Keondre Coburn.
— Keondre Coburn⁹⁹ (@slowburn99) August 7, 2017
THE COBURN FILE
Coburn is the 16th commitment in Texas’ 2018 recruiting class, and the first defensive lineman. Texas Tom has been hitting the Lonestar State hard in 2018, as 11 of the 16 commitments hail from within Texas’ boundaries, a goal set by Herman very early on in his tenure, that, as of right now, he’s absolutely living up to. Texas still has a lot of defensive line targets left in this class, so getting Coburn on board is huge for the remainder of their targets, as he’s looking to help recruit his fellow defensive line targets.
Coburn picked Texas over Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn State, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, Washington and Wisconsin. Coburn has been considered a heavy Texas lean for a long time now, but this commitment, in terms of actual timing, came as a bit of a surprise. There wasn’t really any indication that Coburn would be committing right now, but with pretty much everyone expecting him to ultimately join the class, Coburn couldn’t see a reason to continue holding off, and here we are.
On the field, Coburn brings something to Texas that the Big 12 doesn’t have a lot of, a space-filling, hard-hitting one-tech in the middle of the defensive line. At 6-foot-1 and nearly 330 pounds, Coburn in essentially a wrecking ball, and he does that job extremely well, thanks to his size and strength. He takes on double teams constantly, and causes serious havoc up front, which should give a big boost to Texas’ defense, which is extremely welcomed with the current state of the group. His ceiling comparison is Brandon Mebane.