Meet the new Longhorns: Rafiti Ghirmai gives Texas bulk up front

Posted December 20th, 2017


Rafiti Ghirmai, offensive tackle, Frisco Wakeland

FYI: 6-4/290; 4 stars; No. 280-ranked player in nation, per 247Sports Composite

Fabulous 55 ranking: 33


Committed: Aug. 21

Scouting report: Ghirmai is a diverse and athletic offensive tackle who made solid showings at The Opening regional in Dallas and at the Under Armour All-American Camp Series. He’s a big player with enough strength to bully most prep defensive ends. He’s also quick enough on his feet to compete with blitzing linebackers and speed rushers off the edge.

Ghirmai was a second-team all-district performer as a junior. He watched his stock soar during the offseason, picking up a Texas offer Jan. 24 when he only held 10 other offers. Seven months later, Ghirmai held more than 30 offers from elite programs around the nation.

He plays offensive tackle in high school and was recruited to play the same position at Texas. His 6-foot-4 frame is a bit on the short side for elite college offensive tackles, which might mean Ghirmai moves to guard or center by the time his Texas career ends. Ghirmai is a similar prospect to 2017 signee Derek Kerstetter.

He was an all-district performer as a senior and helped his program to a playoff berth.

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