The Texas Longhorns have received another very big commitment, this time from 4-star offensive guard Rami Hammad.
Hammad is 6'5'', 320 pounds and runs a five-flat 40-yard dash, according to 247Sports. He's big, but he also has very good speed for a lineman, so he's undoubtedly a huge pickup for Mack Brown and his staff. Hammad is ranked as the No. 14 offensive guard recruit in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Jason Suchomel of Orangebloods.com reports on the commitment:
On Wednesday evening, the Longhorns put the finishing touches on what is suddenly an impressive offensive line class. Rami Hammad, suddenly one of the hottest prospects in the state of Texas, committed to UT moments ago.
The 6-5, 320-pound Hammad visited Texas last weekend and came away extremely impressed. Prior to that trip, he had been committed to Baylor, but Hammad called the Baylor coaches on his way home from Austin to officially re-open his recruitment. The Irving standout is now the newest member of the Longhorns' recruiting class, becoming the Horns' 15th pledge for 2013.
Suchomel said it perfectly: Texas has put together an extremely impressive offensive line unit through its 2013 class.
Essentially, the Longhorns have put together a whole new offensive line: Raulerson at center, James and Hammad at the guards, and Harrison and Perkins as the huge bookends at the tackle spots.
In time, this could end up being the starting line of the future for Texas, but for now, all of these recruits will add some valuable depth. This will give them time to get used to the size difference of defensive linemen at the college level, work on their technique and, in general, gel as a unit.
What about Hammad specifically? What is he bringing to the Longhorns? Here's a great scouting report on Hammad from Jason Howell of Rivals.com, per Suchomel's report:
"Nasty is the one word that used to come to mind when talking about Hammad. He is mean and will grind his opponent into the ground," Rivals.com analyst Jason Howell said. "As a senior he showed a more diversified skill set and put his improved footwork on display while working at offensive tackle. He is more of an interior prospect but he is also a guy who could work at tackle if needed."
Versatility, size and grit are three of the intangible qualities that you look for in linemen coming out of high school, so Texas has to be feeling great about picking up Hammad's commitment.
At the guard position specifically, Mason Walters will be a redshirt senior next season, and Trey Hopkins will be a true senior. With those two leaving after next season, look for Hammad to be in the running to compete for the starting job or, at the very least, be the main backup at guard.
Overall, this is a huge pickup for Texas.
Hammad is going to be an important part of the Longhorns' offense in the near future.