Tom Herman talks to the media during a news conference where he was introduced as Texas' new head NCAA college football coach, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Austin. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Longhorns offer JUCO defensive tackle Larrell Murchison while on official visit

Posted January 15th, 2017

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Recruiting priorities are revealed on official visits. Not only for the individual prospects, but at each position. Texas wants more help along the defensive line in the 2017 class and Tom Herman made that clear by extending an offer to JUCO defensive lineman Larrell Murchison. He’s the No. 9 ranked JUCO defensive tackle in the 2017 class.

The 6-foot-4, 277-pound defensive end took an official to Texas over the weekend despite his recent commitment to Ole Miss and not holding an official offer at Texas. His willingness to come see Herman’s vision of Texas was rewarded with a scholarship opportunity. Texas sees Murchison playing defensive end in an odd-man front. His size suggests Murchison could also play defensive tackle in a four-man defensive line.

The Longhorns hold a commitment from defensive end Taquon Graham from Temple. It is the lone commitment on the defensive line. Murchison’s versatility, frame and age mean he could become instant depth in 2017. He’ll enroll in his next school as a junior.

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Texas doesn’t appear in play for defensive tackle Marvin Wilson and it has left the 2017 class searching for a legitimate defensive tackle prospect.  California prospect Austin Faoliu emerged as a target and might visit Texas before national signing day, but Oklahoma is considered the favorite. Assistant coach Oscar Giles is leading Murchison’s recruitment.

Murchison isn’t the only big-bodied defensive end with the ability to slide inside to defensive tackle on the radar in 2017. The Longhorns still expect to host official visitors like Bryan Jones, Ryan Jonson and Max Cummings before national signing day, per 247Sports.

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