Texas did a great job of filling a need at left tackle a year ago by going the JUCO route to grab Donald Hawkins. But Longhorn line coach Stacy Searels is continuing his effort to build a dominant unit, and in his quest to continue to improve his "top five," the Longhorns again mined the junior colleges, this time finding Desmond Harrison of Contra Costa.
It's somewhat tough to gauge Harrison's film because is is so tremendously dominant (which is obviously what you want, but he's so head-and-shoulders above many of the guys he's blocking, its absurd). It isn't unusual to see him grab multiple pancakes in a play, and he has an outstanding mix of unreal size (6-foot-8 and 305 pounds), mobility and aggression. If you could draw up a left tackle physically, it probably wouldn't look much different than Harrison.
Harrison is a pure left tackle because he has that ideal length and feet, but it's important to note that he's not just a pure pass-protector. The coaches at Contra Costa realized Harrison's ability to blow open room in the running game and often pulled him and had him making blocks on next-level defenders in space. And he did a great job at that, often not reaching and making sure he made great contact.
The interesting thing about Harrison is just how he'll fit in. Unlike Hawkins, Harrison won't be in until this summer. And he'll be coming into an offensive line that returns all five starters. Still, Harrison has the ability to be an upgrade over Hawkins at left tackle, and that would allow Hawkins to potentially move to another spot on the line, further upgrading Searels's top five.