The Longhorns desperately needed to add depth in the trenches with this 2016 class. They ended up doing so in spectacular fashion.
As with the rest of the class, the Longhorns started painfully slow in addressing glaring needs up front. As of the new year, 3-star guards Denzel Okafor and Tope Imade were Texas' only offensive line commits, with 3-stars Andrew Fitzgerald (at the time), Malcolm Roach and Gerald Wilbon holding down the fort on the defensive side.
That might have been fine, but Texas has no depth to deal with another small class. On offense, they need to replace two starters and recently lost potential replacement Jake Raulerson to transfer. Along the defensive line, starters Paul Boyette and Poona Ford have no obvious backups, with Alex Norman having medical issues, per SB Nation's Wescott Eberts.
Help finally came on January 2 with the commitment of All-American offensive tackle Jean Delance. Two weeks later, the Longhorns then flipped early enrollee Zach Shackelford from Kansas State, solidifying the offensive line.
Pulling in defensive tackles was a little more suspenseful. Former Michigan commit Jordan Elliott, former Oklahoma commit Chris Daniels, former Tennessee commit Christmas-Giles and Marcel Southall all committed within 24 hours of signing day to give Texas one of the best defensive line hauls in the country.
In all, the Longhorns come away with four offensive linemen, plus blocking tight end Peyton Aucoin, and seven defensive linemen. You can also factor linebackers McCulloch and Erick Fowler in here as well since at least one will end up playing off the edge.
These 13 recruits give Texas truly elite talent along both sides of the line of scrimmage, which typically leads to wins in the long run.