To gear up for 2013 national signing day, HornsNation’s William Wilkerson is breaking down every commitment in the Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class.
Vitals: Offensive guard Rami Hammad, Irving, Texas/Irving | 6-foot-5, 314 pounds
Committed: Jan. 23, 2013
ESPN.com grade: 79; three-star prospect
ESPN.com rankings: No. 31 OG, No. 88 in Midlands region, No. 71 in Texas
Picked Texas over: Baylor, Oklahoma and TCU
State of the position: Simply put, Texas is stacked across the offensive line. It returns all five starters from 2013 in Donald Hawkins, Trey Hopkins, Dominic Espinosa, Mason Walters and Josh Cochran. The Longhorns also picked up junior college offensive tackle Desmond Harrison, who should immediately factor into the equation. Then you start to add in reserves such as Kennedy Estelle, Sedrick Flowers, Garrett Greenlea, Taylor Doyle, Garrett Porter, Curtis Riser and Camrhon Hughes. There area a lot of former high school All-Americans in that list. That doesn’t even mention Darius James and Kent Perkins, the two highest-ranked recruits in the class.
Pros: “This guy is a tough customer who shows a very nasty finishing effort once locking onto a defender. Hammad is a strong and physical kid who should benefit from a move inside, but he will need some time and a redshirt year, we feel, to improve his athleticism and technical skills before competing for starting time at the BCS level of play.” – ESPN scouting report
Cons: “His frame can perhaps support additional bulk over time, however there is the need to continue to improve his flexibility and agility. We see lower body stiffness playing out of a three-point stance; will need to improve his ability to handle tight box movement; does demonstrate he can play on his feet in space. He does need to watch his pad level though as he can come off the ball too high.” - ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Curtis Riser, with a hint of Mason Walters. Riser was a left tackle at DeSoto but will be better suited as a guard at Texas. The same probably holds true for Hammad, who has the size to be a bookend but will probably be better served as a guard at Texas. He plays with a mean streak similar to Walters, too.
Expected impact: 2014. There are just too many players returning and few too many spots along the offensive line for Hammad to make an impact this season.