SAN ANTONIO — Texas is still figuring out the final pieces for the offensive line class in 2019 despite commitments from a pair of four-star tackles in Tyler Johnson and Javonne Shepherd. They’re both members of the Fabulous 55 and considered two of the top three tackle prospects in the state. That’s not stopping the Longhorns from starting to explore options and build relationships with the top talent up front in the 2020 class.
One of those top players already on Texas’ radar is San Antonio O’Connor offensive lineman Logan Parr. The 6-3, 268-pound three-star prospect starts at left tackle but is expected to play guard in college because of his lack of extreme height and length. He plays right next to TCU commit Brannon Brown. The two are best friends and Brown, the senior, already gives Parr some friendly advice about recruiting.
“’Go to TCU,’” said Parr of his best friend’s advice. “That’s what he tells me. ‘Go to TCU.’”
Parr will have plenty of options. The junior already holds 21 offers, including one from Texas. Ironically, O’Connor’s season was ended last year by Cibolo Steele and UT freshman Caden Sterns. Parr is enjoying watching his fellow San Antonio native make an early impact, and he’s aware of the current momentum the Longhorns are building.
“Caden is doing his thing. We all knew he would,” Parr said. “You can’t play against Caden and not know he’s special. Texas also has Derek Kerstetter starting and he’s from San Antonio. I talk to coach (Herb) Hand weekly. He’s intense, but I like the way he coaches. They’re playing well.”
The recruiting process remains surreal for Parr. The soft-spoken big man grew up in Maryland watching Ohio State and hoping to be a Buckeye. He moved to Texas before high school and began to watch more programs. He says he no longer has a dream school or a favorite. He wants to enjoy the process. A process that still leaves him in awe.
“This whole recruiting thing is amazing. Sure, it can get overwhelming and time-consuming, but I’m lucky enough to have a ton of great schools to choose from and not many people are in that position,” Parr said. “It’s too early to have any favorites or anything like that.”
Other top 2020 line targets
Parr is one of the top interior prospects on Texas’ 2020 board. There are other players who are already a top priority for Hand and the offensive staff:
Chad Lindberg, offensive tackle, Houston Clear Creek
FYI: 6-6/306; four stars; 35 offers
Lindberg is the highest-rated offensive lineman in Texas for the 2020 class. He’s a true bookend tackle with the length and height to stay on the edge in college. Lindberg is an athletic big man with accelerated technique for a junior tackle. He can already handle top speed rushers and is getting stronger each offseason. Texas is in great position.
Jaylen Garth, offensive tackle, Port Neches-Groves
FYI: 6-4/285; three stars; 8 offers
The Longhorns are the clear leader to land Garth because of his teammate Roschon Johnson, Texas’ quarterback commit in the 2019 class. Garth is a big-bodied lineman who can play right tackle or spin inside to play guard, much like Kerstetter has done at Texas. The commitment of Johnson plus the recent wins by the Longhorns put Texas clearly ahead for Garth.