We’re rapidly speeding towards the conclusion of the 2018 recruiting class. With the early signing day approaching very quickly, all-star games about a month out, and national signing day just two months out, college football coaches around the country are scrambling to put the final touches on their 2018 groups, and beginning to look forward to building in 2019. Tom Herman and Texas have been as busy as any program in the country this recruiting cycle, and the Longhorns were rewarded for their effort last night, as they picked up an absolutely huge commitment from Utah product Junior Angilau, per a report from EJ Holland of 247sports.
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Angilau is the 19th commitment in Texas’ 2018 class, and the third offensive lineman, along with Reese Moore and Rafiti Ghirmai. All three are tackles, though Ghirmai will likely move inside to guard at the next level. With this commitment, Texas inches a bit closer to the number one spot currently held in the 247sports team rankings by Ohio State. Texas has the second best class in the country, and could find a way to finish number one if they have a dream finish to the class. A finish at number two would be the highest for Texas since the 2012 class.
Angilau picked Texas over offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Kentucky, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington, Wazzu and Wisconsin, along with a number of group of five schools. The main competition for the talented Salt Lake product came from Alabama, UCLA, USC and Utah, with the home state Utes and Alabama finishing second and third in the race for his pledge. This commitment was sealed by an in-house visit from Herman and OL coach Derek Warehime. It is unknown if Angilau will be signing early.
On the field, Angilau absolutely lives up to his lofty recruiting rankings. He’s a top 150 player in the 247sports composite rankings, and while I don’t expect him to make an instant impact in Austin, he could crack the two-deep very early. He’s an impressive athlete, with good strength, balance, and a knack for pancake blocks. The biggest downside I see is that he plays in a run heavy offense, and doesn’t have a ton of experience in pass protection, which is pretty common for high school linemen, and that’s what coaching is for. He should be very good in Austin for a number of seasons.