Rami Hammad

Four years from now, the nine newest members of the Texas offense will have time to consider their first seasons as Longhorns.

They will be able to think back on each game, each practice, each rep and recreate all the things they did, or perhaps didn’t do.

At this point it’s difficult to say how those memories will go, but at least one of those eight feels optimistic about them.

“People will say we accomplished everything we said we would,” Cypress Falls wide receiver and Texas verbal commitment Jacorey Warrick said. “Hopefully a Big 12 Championship, national championship and a degree from UT.”

Warrick has big plans for the offensive component of the class of 2013, which includes fellow wide receivers Jake Oliver and Montrel Meander, tight end Geoff Swaim, guard Rami Hammad, center Darius James, offensive tackles Desmond Harrison and Kent Perkins and quarterback Tyrone Swoopes.

Though Swoopes may have grabbed headlines during the season with his running ability, the class’ offensive linemen are its anchor. James, Perkins and Hammad are all rated as the best players in Texas at their respective positions by rivals.com, and Harrison should play immediately.

James missed most of his senior season with a broken foot, but still played in the Under Armour All-America Game. Though he impressed scouts and coaches, James’ most ardent supporter is his own future teammate on the offensive line.

“Darius could make the biggest impact out of anyone in this class,” Hammad said.

Hammad was not offered a scholarship by Texas until his performance at the Semper Fi All-Star Game in January, but nonetheless has some lofty expectations.

“We’ve all got one goal, and that’s to win a national title,” Hammad said. “Not nine or 10 games, but a national title.” 

For his expectations to become a reality, Hammad will need plenty of help from Perkins, another member of what he calls “the best [offensive line] class in the country.”

Perkins participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and impressed observers more with his intangibles, rather than his physical performance.

According to rivals.com, Perkins readily played center during the AAA Bowl, despite not having snapped a ball since middle school. Perkins says he will do whatever the team needs in order for it to be successful.

“I’m looking forward to being part of the team. I’m ready for [Texas] to be good again,” Perkins said.

Shoring up an offensive line is a good start, but this year’s class won’t be judged just by what happens in the trenches.

Receivers Warrick and Oliver, though vastly dissimilar in styles, will be crucial in ensuring the success of the class.

Boasting a 6-foot-4-inch, 194-pound frame and a resume that includes leading the state of Texas in career receptions, Oliver has the tools and skills to be successful immediately.

“Obviously, Jake Oliver is going to play right away,” Mike Farrell, rivals.com national recruiting analyst, said.

Warrick, meanwhile, could have an equal impact on the outside or in the kicking game, but clocks in at 5 feet 10 inches tall and 168 pounds. A shifty receiver who models his game after former West Virginia wideout Tavon Austin, Warrick suffered a meniscus tear in October that ended his senior season.

“I’m not the biggest guy, but I can hold my own,” Warrick said.

He won’t have much of a choice. With only nine members, this offensive class will need contributions from everyone to be a success.

To hear them tell it though, there’s not much chance of doing otherwise.

Illustrations by Colin Zelinski.

At the start of the 2013 recruiting cycle, Mack Brown and company knew they needed a ton of help in this class. And they got it. Almost.

1,810 pounds will have to do.

That’s the combined weight of the six 2013 linemen who have verbally committed to Texas: defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson, defensive end Jake Raulerson, center Darius James, offensive tackle Kent Perkins, offensive tackle Desmond Harrison and guard Rami Hammad.

Those six will throw their weight around with the other 14 offensive lineman and 15 defensive linemen on scholarship for the 2013 season.

Consequently, it may be a while before some members of the incoming class get the chance to carry their share of the load. Even though Hammad, Robinson, James, Perkins and Raulerson are all listed by rivals.com as the best prospects in Texas at their respective positions, their playing time could be scarce.

The Texas lines are packed with more experienced commodities (the only starter Texas will lose from either line is defensive end Alex Okafor), and acclimating the incoming freshmen to the speed of the college game will take time. Hammad, James, and Perkins especially are early candidates for redshirts.    

Harrison, however, is a notable exception. A junior college transfer, Harrison has only two years of eligibility left and is under pressure to make an immediate impact. Although he may not be a starter from Day One (like fellow junior college transfer Donald Hawkins), Harrison should provide valuable depth at both tackle positions.

Although Harrison’s niche is already well established, the same cannot be said for the class’ two defensive linemen, Robinson and Raulerson.

Robinson could be the cream of the crop in their class if he indeed makes it to Austin. Even though he has been committed to Texas since Feb. 16 of last year, Robinson has taken official visits to Southern California, Florida State and as of last weekend, Alabama.

If he signs with Texas on Feb. 6, he has the talent to find playing time in a crowded Longhorn defensive front. Rated by rivals.com as the best prospect in Texas, Robinson could cause just as much disruption as Malcolm Brown or Brandon Moore did in their first years at Texas.

Alternatively, Raulerson has been committed to Texas longer than any other member of the 2013 class. He is already taking classes at UT and will participate in Spring Practice. Unlike Robinson, Raulerson’s future as a Longhorn is secure; what role he will play is murkier.

Raulerson is listed by Texas as a defensive end, but he played offensive tackle throughout high school. At 6 feet 5 inches and 262 pounds, Raulerson would need to put on considerable weight to be effective at that position at this level.

As an early enrollee, Raulerson will have a head start on learning the system as well as access to Texas’ strength and conditioning program. Even so, with all the returning talent on the defensive line, Raulerson will have to make quite an impression to avoid a redshirt position in his first season.

Although it’s always difficult to project a recruit’s impact, this is particularly true with linemen. Discerning how a recruit will develop both physically and mentally is a tricky business.

Still, the potential for this group to be a force in the Texas trenches is real. And while that opportunity may still be a few years off, the Longhorns should be optimistic about the big things coming to Austin.

Texas snags No. 15 committment in 2013 class

On Wednesday afternoon, the Longhorns received their 15th overall commitment for Mack Brown’s 2013 recruiting class. Offensive guard Rami Hammad, a Rivals.com four-star recruit out of Irving, Texas, committed to Texas approximately one week after the offer went out. 

Hammad is the No. 31 offensive guard recruit in the country for the 2013 class. He stands at 6-foot-5 and 314 pounds and could potentially play either guard or tackle for Texas. 

“I’m going to make sure we’re the best O-line in the nation. I believe in the setting there,” Hammad said in his announcement. 

This is the third school that Hammad has committed to. He originally had committed to Oklahoma State this past summer before decommitting in order to keep his options open. Next, he promised his future to Baylor in November. However, Hammad quickly rose to national notice after a lights-out performance at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in California earlier this year. Texas contacted him regarding an official visit before an official offer was issued by Texas coach Stacy Searels after the All-American Bowl. 

Throughout the past few weeks, Texas led Baylor, Oklahoma and TCU in the hunt.

Hammad’s committment comes on the heels of JUCO offensive tackle Desmond Harrison’s verbal pledge to the Longhorns on Monday.