Going into Saturday there have been solely eight of the top-25 offensive tackles within the nation nonetheless out there. The Texas Longhorns took one off the board Saturday evening wrapping up Florida expertise Payton Kirkland including to an already stellar class.
WHAT TEXAS IS GETTING
When Kirkland needs to show it on, he’s pretty much as good as any in his class. Towering over the competitors at 6-7, 325, the Dr. Phillips product is a mauler. On down blocks or going head-to-head with a defender on operating performs, Kirkland can transfer the pile down the sphere. When the quarterback drops again, Kirkland’s lengthy arms helps stunt ends and linebackers permitting further time for performs to develop.
WHAT MAKES KIRKLAND DIFFERENT
Kirkland’s motor change and upside makes him totally different than the remaining. There are few fellow 2023 tackles together with his expertise, measurement, and athleticism with extra room to develop as his approach evolves. Working with Longhorns’ offensive line coach Kyle Flood is a giant asset for a participant like Kirkland.
WHY THIS IS BIG FOR THE LONGHORNS
Chalk up one other Rivals250 performer for Texas within the newest recruiting cycle. The Longhorns have been locked in with the third-best recruiting class within the nation compiling one five-star, QB Arch Manning, and 13 four-star gamers; add their 14th four-star.
Touchdown Kirkland is large on a number of fronts, however the largest facet is Kirkland’s expertise. Going deeper, it retains him away from future SEC opponents Alabama, Florida, and Oklahoma. Trying on the Longhorns’ class, the precedence of touchdown offensive linemen on their board has been met. Kirkland is the fifth offensive lineman able to go to Austin subsequent 12 months..