5-star offensive tackle Kenyon Green dominated The Opening regional in Houston. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: Trio of in-state offensive tackles dominate The Opening regional

Posted February 27th, 2018

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Trio of offensive linemen impresses at The Opening regional

The Longhorns are in pursuit of offensive tackles in the 2019 class despite signing five offensive linemen in the 2018 cycle. The state is full of top-end tackles in 2019, unlike in the 2018 cycle. Three of the top prospects in the state — Kenyon Green, Javonne Shepherd and Andrew Coker — impressed at The Opening regional in Houston on Sunday.

Katy Taylor offensive tackle Andrew Coker was impressive at The Opening regional in Houston. (Mike Craven)

Green and Shepherd hold Texas offers. Green is the top-rated offensive lineman in the state and a 5-star prospect out of Humble Atascocita. The No. 4-ranked player on the Fabulous 55 is considered the best tackle prospect in the country, per the 247Sports composite. The former LSU commit is leaning toward Texas A&M, but the Longhorns aren’t out of the race.

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“I’m still in contact with Texas and that’s one of the schools I’m familiar with and like right now,” Green said. “I’m trying to take my time and figure out the best fit for me. It’ll come down to where I feel most comfortable and where I can make the fastest impact.”

Shepherd is another offensive tackle predicted to pick Texas A&M. The Longhorns won’t give up the fight and Shepherd has yet to commit to the Aggies, giving Texas more time to make its case and earn an official visit before his decision.

“Texas did a great job recruiting the Houston area last class and I know a lot of those guys going to Texas. They’re going to help turn that program back around,” Shepherd said. “Texas is Texas and that will always matter to recruits.”

Coker, a 3-star from Katy Taylor, says he’s been in contact with new UT offensive line coach Herb Hand and that an offer from Texas would catapult the Longhorns into his top five, which currently includes Florida, Georgia and Houston. He’s also waiting on a Texas A&M offer.

“I grew up watching Texas be great, like I’m sure most of the kids in this state do,” he said. “An offer from Texas would put them up there, but I haven’t talked to them as much as some of the other schools.”

Coker was once committed to Florida before backing away after the coaching change this offseason.

Arjei Henderson happy to narrow focus

Texas missed the cut for 4-star wide receiver Arjei Henderson last week when he announced a final three of Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Alabama. The fit at Texas wasn’t right, Henderson said, despite being raised in a household of Longhorns.

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“I was ready to focus on the schools that were sticking out to me,” Henderson said. “It was my decision and it does feel better to narrow down the focus and just concentrate on three schools instead of worrying about each program that offered me. All three programs are about winning and that was important to me.”

Camps like The Opening not only allow the best players to perfect their craft against other elite prospects. It also allows the prospects to talk shop. The main topic of conversation tends to be future destinations and coaching staffs.

“These camps always turn into us talking about schools and which programs are saying what,” Henderson said. “Most players want to play with the best, so these camps let us start building those relationships and start to pick a school.”

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