Texas Football Adds Size and Leverage in Connor Stroh 3-Star OT Commitment

The writing was on the wall before the weekend that there was a good chance Texas football offensive coach/coordinator Kyle Flood would add a commitment from important Frisco Wakeland three-star offensive tackle Connor Stroh. . And that’s exactly what happened as Texas wrapped up another major visiting weekend on the Forty Acres.

Flood and the Longhorns added a commitment from Stroh via an announcement on his Twitter timeline on the afternoon of June 26. This is the first offensive line commitment in the Longhorns 2023 class. And Stroh could be the first of many to come as Texas continues to gain more and more momentum on the recruiting track for the class 2023.

Stroh had an official visit to Texas this weekend which began June 24. There seemed to be a chance for Flood and the Longhorns to make a big move with Stroh this weekend after it looked like he was starting to find more traction with the -state rival Texas A&M Aggies and the head coach Jimbo Fisher.

Texas football adds big OT commitment in state in 3-star Connor Stroh

Stroh is a Texas A&M legacy, which made it hard to see Texas get too far ahead of the Aggies over the summer. That made the feat of landing a commitment from Stroh all the more difficult, with the Aggies pushing much harder for him over the past two months.

Additionally, while the level of offensive line talent and depth in the state for the 2023 recruiting cycle may not be as fruitful as they were in the 2022 class, it’s still a great start for the Longhorns in the trenches. Stroh is about the biggest offensive lineman the Longhorns could land this summer to start developing that class at offensive tackle.

At 6-foot-7 and 345 pounds, Stroh already has the size to take on SEC linemen in the trenches. The size, strength, and leverage that Stroh brings to the table make him an undisputed force to be reckoned with, especially when blocking for the run.

Protecting the passer from faster defensive ends and/or rushers will be the main question mark for Stroh at the college level. Against the Power Five competition, foot speed and lateral agility will be the main areas where Stroh will need to make some progress before taking on the starting reps in the trenches.

The good news in this regard is that Stroh has been improving his foot speed over the past six or eight months. He visibly improves pass protection against some of the more nimble rushers, which bodes well for the direction of his game heading into the leap to the Power Five.

Another piece of good news is that the Floods and Longhorns have recruited more than well enough to give Stroh at least a year or two to develop before he takes on major live-play representatives at one of the offensive tackle points. Texas signed a historically significant offensive line class in the 2022 cycle, especially among top-notch offensive tackles.

This will give Stroh time to develop and prepare his fundamental skills to compete at the college level. That’s important since the Longhorns will likely be competing in the SEC by the time Stroh is ready to take on starting reps.

It’s really good to see the Longhorns continue to win key battles in the state in the trenches on the recruiting trail this summer. Texas is really starting to build an impressive line of depth along the offensive line from commitments in the last two recruiting classes.

Stroh’s commitment took the Longhorns to 10 in the 2023 class amid a huge stretch of track days for head coach Steve Sarkisian, Flood and that staff. Stroh could be the first of at least three or four powerhouse offensive linemen in the state who could commit to the 2023 Longhorns class by the fall.

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