Jean Delance to Texas: Longhorns Land 4-Star OT Prospect

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 2, 2016


Jean Delance drew national headlines when he decommitted from Oklahoma following the racist actions of the university's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Given months to clear his head and assess his options, Delance has found a new home at the University of Texas.

Delance gave the Longhorns his verbal commitment during Saturday's Under Armour All-American Game, per Tom VanHaaren of ESPN.

An early commit to Oklahoma, Delance took his time making his second decision, narrowing his list to nine schools (Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Southern California and Texas) and giving each a chance to woo him.

"Anything's possible," Delance told Bleacher Report's Damon Sayles in May. "Before you make any decision throughout the recruiting process, make sure, before you make any decision, it's perfectly determined in your heart that's your best fit and [you're] ready to call the place home for the next four or five years."

Early in the process, Texas A&M began emerging as a clear favorite. 247Sports' Crystal Ball predictions gave the Aggies a 67 percent chance of landing Delance, with no other final-nine contender even reaching the 10 percent mark. The North Mesquite High School product attended the school's junior day in January, and most analysts started moving Kevin Sumlin and Co. up after the Oklahoma controversy.

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However, things began shaking out differently as time wore on. Texas A&M fell by the wayside, replaced by a final three of Michigan, LSU and Texas, with the Longhorns ultimately getting the edge. 

Delance is the No. 90 overall prospect and 10th-ranked offensive tackle in the 2016 class, per 247Sports' composite rankings. Listed at 6'5" and 291 pounds, Delance already has major-conference size and has plenty of time to add in certain spots and trim others. He's largely relied on his physical gifts at this point but has the potential to develop real skill as he grows.

"Delance is a promising tackle prospect," ESPN.com's scouting report reads. "He needs to continue to develop physically and technically, and at this stage [he's] ideally not an early contributor but displays the tools to grow into a good, tough starting Power Five OT."

Delance's commitment should just be one piece of a strong class. Texas head coach Charlie Strong has developed a reputation as one of the best recruiters in the nation, but he is still adding talent that fits his system after two seasons with the school. The Longhorns currently sit at No. 34 on 247Sports' rankings for 2016. The next step will be developing Delance's raw tools into something more tangible.

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