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Meet the Longhorns: Longhorns add beef with defensive tackle Keondre Coburn

Posted February 7th, 2018

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Keondre Coburn, defensive tackle, Spring Westfield

FYI: 6-1/329; 4 stars; No. 123-ranked player in nation, per 247Sports Composite

Fabulous 55 ranking: 9

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Committed: Aug. 7

Scouting report: Coburn is a run-stopper with enough athleticism to create penetration against the run and the pass. He’s the consensus top defensive tackle in Texas for the 2018 cycle because of his sheer strength and quickness. Coburn is a shorter defensive tackle at just 6-foot-1, sporting a similar build to current starter Poona Ford.

It’s hard to expect young defensive linemen to make an immediate impact as true freshmen. The sheer size and strength of offensive linemen is completely different and most young players on both sides of the trenches usually need a redshirt season and time in the weight room before earning snaps. This might hold true for Coburn, but don’t count out the four-star from playing time in 2018 because Ford is exiting the program and Texas doesn’t have many players of Coburn’s size on the roster.

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