Longhorns extend offer to 2016 OL

J.P. Urquidez

The Longhorns didn't hand out any offers during their summer camp on Sunday. But they extended one on Monday.

Class of 2016 offensive tackle J.P. Urquidez (Hyattsville, Maryland/DeMatha), who traveled to Austin for the camp, received his offer after talking with Texas' offensive line/offensive coordinator Joe Wickline.

"We got in contact with Coach [Joe] Wickline and he asked me how I thought I did at the camp," Urquidez said. "I thought I had a good showing but room for improvement. Then he said ‘After evaluating you and talking with Coach [Charlie] Strong, we are going to offer you a scholarship.

"It was pretty surreal, not going to lie. Texas has been a childhood team of mine growing up. It was awesome. They've always been one of my favorite teams. It was a pretty awesome moment."

Urquidez was actually born in Wichita Falls, Texas, before moving to the East Coast. But his roots are in the Lone Star State and so was his allegiance toward the Longhorns.

"I think it was just that I was born in Texas and my whole family likes Texas," he said. "I had a bunch of Texas gear when I was born. Texas has always been the family favorite."

The Longhorns join a list of offers that already included Navy, Kansas State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Baylor, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech, Maryland, New Mexico State.

It's a huge offer but not one that the massive tackle is ready to accept. "I will definitely slow play it," he said. "No one is in the lead right now. No early commitment."

Urquidez is the 13th recruit in his class to receive a Texas offer and the third offensive linemen along with Greg Little (Allen, Texas) and Ben Cleveland (Toccoa, Ga./Stephens County).

"Right now the main thing that is working for me is my size," he said. "I came in at 6-6, 300 pounds. My run blocking is good and I play with a mean streak. I don't stop until the whistle blows. I got a couple of pancakes in front of the coaches. Wickline likes my run-blocking and my pass pro."

Urquidez was pleasantly surprised with how tough Texas' camp was on Sunday, but appreciated it.

"I definitely wasn't expecting as much activity as we had. It was a pretty grueling," he said. "It was a fast-paced camp, non-stop. I liked it a lot. It was a lot of time for exposure. It was good having Wickline have eyes on me and then Coach Strong came down and watched me in 1-on-1s so that was a big moment."

He's now looking forward to more interaction with the staff.

"The next move is to make it down to the great state of Texas and watch them win a ballgame," he said.

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