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4-star defensive tackle Keondre Coburn struggled with decision to choose Longhorns

Posted February 7th, 2018

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Keondre Coburn agonized over his decision for a month. The long-time Texas commit was one of two commitments who didn’t utilize the early signing period on Dec. 20. The 4-star defensive tackle from Spring Westfield waited and watched. He took visits. He listened to coaches. He prayed.

Then he signed his national letter of intent to Texas on Wednesday, officially making the No. 9 player on the Fabulous 55 a future Longhorn. The 6-foot-1, 330-pound defensive tackle will play nose guard at Texas and hopes to replace Poona Ford as the anchor of Texas’ defense for years to come.

“Poona leaving gives me an opportunity to play early. To start early and really make an impact as a freshman,” Coburn said at his signing ceremony Wednesday morning. “It is a great opportunity to showcase my talents early.”

TCU and Miami made a real push for Coburn. In the end, he couldn’t divorce from a recruiting class he helped shape. A bulk of the top talent in Texas’ 2018 recruiting class hails from the Houston-area and Coburn was one of the leaders of the group, pushing prospects toward the Texas program and Tom Herman.

“I helped bring the recruiting class to Texas, so I couldn’t just leave those guys,” he said. “I’m about loyalty and I would’ve felt bad if I abandoned the mission. It wouldn’t have felt right to go anywhere else.”

That doesn’t mean the decision was easy.

“It is amazing to get the process over with because it was stressful. I wasn’t sleeping well at night and it was hard to process because so many people were coming at me from all different directions,” Coburn said. “I feel stress-free right now.”

The Longhorns didn’t sign a single defensive lineman in the early period. It was the only concern for an otherwise stacked class for Tom Herman and his staff. The only other commitment who didn’t sign – running back Keaontay Ingram – signed his letter of intent Wednesday morning. He would’ve signed early if Carthage wasn’t playing for a state title the same week as the December period.

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Texas answered the questions at defensive line. The Longhorns held onto Coburn, added defensive tackle Moro Ojomo and a pair of out-of-state defensive ends in Daniel Carson and Mike Williams. All four of those players signed national letters of intent Wednesday, locking each into a future at Texas.

The last remaining piece is Conroe Oak Ridge defensive end, Joseph Ossai, who is due to announce his decision and sign by 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

2018 Texas Longhorns signing class

Here's a look at the recruits who signed with Texas for the 2018 recruiting cycle. Star rankings from 247Sports composite.
PlayerPos. SchoolStars Status
Byron HobbsLBFt. Worth Eastern Hills3Signed
Casey ThompsonQBSouthmoore (Okla.)4Signed
Cameron Rising QBNewbury Park (Calif.)4Signed
Reese MooreOTSeminole 3Signed
Cameron DickerKLake Travis3Signed
Caden SternsSCibolo Steele4Signed
Keaontay IngramRBCarthage4Signed
DeMarvion OvershownSArp4Signed
Ayodele AdeoyeLBIMG Academy (Fla.)4Signed
B.J. FosterSAngleton 5Signed
Al'Vonte WoodardWRHouston Lamar4Signed
Jalen GreenCBHouston Heights4Signed
Brennan EaglesWRAlief Taylor4Signed
Anthony CookCBHouston Lamar4Signed
D'Shawn JamisonCBHouston Lamar4Signed
Malcolm EppsTESpring Dekaney4Signed
Junior AngilauOTSalt Lake East (Utah)4Signed
Mikey GrandyOTCollege of San Mateo (Calif.)3Signed
Ryan BujcevskiPProKick AustrailiaN/ASigned
Keondre CoburnDTSpring Westfield4Signed
Keaontay IngramRBCarthage4Signed
Daniel CarsonDEWilliam Chrisman (Mo.)3Signed
Michael WilliamsDEDunham School (La.)3Signed
Joshua MooreWRYoakum4Signed
Christian JonesOTCy Woods3Signed
Moro OjomoDTKaty3Signed
Joseph OssaiDEConroe Oak Ridge4Signed

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