The oft-maligned Oscar Giles is kicking butt and taking names on the trail as the Longhorns land their second defensive lineman in as many days in 2020 defensive tackle Van Fillinger out of Corner Canyon High School in Draper, Utah.
Fillinger (soft “g”) has taken three official visits at this time, and none of them were to Texas. Texas was able to sway him away from UCLA, LSU, and Ohio State (where he took his official visits) without an official visit to Austin. All it took was one unofficial visit to Austin in June and one commitment of Vernon Broughton to seal the deal.
Sitting at a reported 6’3.5″ and 250lbs, Fillinger will need to have a few visits to Yancy McKnight’s workshop to put on some more weight. He will easily fill out at Texas to play somewhere between 270 to 290 as a defensive end.
Despite his size, he ran a 4.25 shuttle at The Opening regional. To put that into perspective, that time is better than what both Ben Banogu and Rashan Gary ran in the NFL Combine.
In Fillinger, Texas gets a high-motor player with quick, violent hands and good burst that is often used to shoot gaps. Makes sense then that his go-to move in the trenches is the rip through and he’s a killer in the pass rush.
The commitment of Vernon Broughton gives Texas a high ceiling in this 2020 defensive line class. Van Fillinger gives it a high floor.