Signing day update: OG Curtis Riser

AUSTIN, Texas -- Four-star offensive guard Curtis Riser (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) has sent in his letter of intent to Texas.

Riser (6-foot-4, 290 pounds) is the No. 6 offensive guard and the No. 78 player overall in the ESPNU 150. His high school teammate, cornerback Bryson Echols, is also committed to the Longhorns.

Riser has been committed to Texas since Feb. 13, 2011. He chose the Longhorns over offers from Notre Dame, LSU, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech.

He didn’t allow a sack and recorded 82 pancake blocks on an offense that averaged 451 yards per game in 2011.

Riser is one of four offensive linemen in this class along with fellow Under Armour All-American Kennedy Estelle (Pearland, Texas/Dawson), early enrollee Camrhon Hughes (Harker Heights, Texas/Harker Heights) and junior college transfer Donald Hawkins (Northwest Mississippi Community College).

Scouts take: “Riser is a very strong run blocker both on and off the line of scrimmage; will need to polish aspects of pass protection. However we like the nimble feet he displays. Although Riser does not appear to be an immediate starter and it’s possible he could end up inside at the offensive guard position, we feel his size and playing strength are worth evaluating at the offensive tackle spot.”

Importance to class: There is never a class that doesn’t have the need for offensive linemen. They are just too vital to a team’s success. Riser proved this season to be the best offensive guard prospect in the state, and Texas couldn’t let him go anywhere else. He’s the only one of the Longhorns’ four linemen commitments that projects as a guard, though he has said he wouldn’t mind playing tackle if given the chance.

How soon can he make an impact? Riser doesn’t care who is in front of him. He’s going to give it his all. That’s just who he is. But Texas is only losing one starter off the line in David Snow, and his backup at left guard is Luke Poehlmann, who saw significant minutes is special packages last season. Then there is the addition of junior college transfer Donald Hawkins, who will surely see early playing time. Texas doesn’t bring JUCO players into the mix often, so you’ve got to believe he was brought here for immediate help. So Riser is going to have to beat out several players to crack the rotation. But you can never count him out. Not with his skill set and motivation.

Riser on signing with Texas: “I’m proud to be a Longhorn and ready to get down there and show what I have and win a national championship in these next couple of years. I’m going to go down there and show the coaches what I have. No one wants to sit on the bench, regardless of their age. So I definitely want early playing time. If I don’t succeed with that then I will redshirt and get better. But I definitely want to go down there and, if not start, have early playing time.”