In case you’ve been trapped under a rock, or perhaps staring at the sun (topical), you’re almost certainly aware of the absolutely incredible recruiting class Tom Herman is putting together in his first year in Austin. The Longhorns have the second best class in the country, behind only Herman’s former school, Ohio State, and today, Texas’ impressive class got even better. If there’s one thing Texas fans could complain about in the class, it would be the lack of offensive line fire power, and with the commitment of Frisco tackle Rafiti Ghirmai, offensive line coach Derek Warehime bolstered his group a bit.
— Rafiti Ghirmai🎥 (@RafitiGhirmai) August 21, 2017
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Ghirmai is the 18th commitment in Texas 2018 recruiting class, and the second offensive tackle, along with fellow Texas native Reese Moore. Tom Herman has been hitting the state of Texas hard in this recruiting class, thanks in large part to his numerous connections, and Ghirmai fits that approach very well, as he’s the 13th commitment from the Lone Star State. Ghirmai is the 14th recruit with a four-star ranking or better on 247sports in Texas’ class, on par with Ohio State, and just one behind the number four class, Penn State.
Ghirmai picked Texas over a number of offers, but was focused mainly on LSU, Alabama, Michigan, Florida and UCLA. The Bruins were the largest threat for much of this recruitment, and it wasn’t until very recently that Texas overtook Jim Mora Jr and his staff for the lead in Ghirmai’s recruitment. Coach Warehime can be given much of the props in landing this commitment, as he did a phenomenal job, especially in the last few months, on selling Ghirmai on the chance to play in his home-state, and perhaps at some early playing time.
On the field, Ghirmai, like most high school recruits on the offensive line, is really great at one thing, and that one thing in this case is run blocking. Ghirmai is surprisingly athletic, and actually plays both ways for his high school, dominating at both tackle and defensive end. He’s very raw in pass protection, but the strength and potential is obviously there, if he develops the way Texas is hoping he will. The thought of early playing time may be a bit far-fetched in this case, but only time will tell. His ceiling comparison is Andrew Whitworth.