University of Texas

Texas’ 2016 recruiting class is really big in more ways than one

Adding size to his roster was a priority for Charlie Strong.
Adding size to his roster was a priority for Charlie Strong. AP

The Texas Longhorns’ 2015 roster included 11 players who weighed at least 300 pounds. Only five were 310 pounds or more.

Adding size was a huge priority for coach Charlie Strong and his staff. And they’ve succeeded in a big way with their incoming class of freshmen. Boosted by this week’s signings of 300-pound linemen J.P. Urquidez and Patrick Hudson, two former Baylor signees, Texas has 34 true freshmen listed on its lastest roster, with eight topping the scales at 300 pounds or more.

That’s just three fewer 300-pounders than Texas had on its entire roster last season. Of the 11 300-pounders on the team in 2015, only five weighed in at 310 or more. The 2016 Longhorns boast 19 300-pounders with 12 coming in at 310 or more and nine at least 320 pounds.

Four of the six heaviest players on the roster are true freshmen, topped by 6-foot-2, 335-pound defensive lineman Chris Daniels from Euless Trinity. Defensive tackle Gerald Wilbon is 329 pounds and guard Tope Imade is 322.

A fifth player in that group of six is redshirt freshman Buck Major, a 6-6, 327-pounder from Hunstville.

So yeah, Strong’s got him some size in case anybody’s still wondering where’s the beef at Texas.