Editor’s note: This article originally published on June 27.
Which local school should have the best defensive line unit for the upcoming 2018 college football season? TCU seems to be the early favorite, with offseason news that reigning first-team All-Big 12 DE Ben Banogu would be returning for his senior season despite being projected as a possible first-round pick in April’s NFL Draft. But other local schools could be in the conversation, too — both Texas and Texas A&M are flush with talent from previous highly touted recruiting classes.
College football guru Phil Steele, whose 2018 college football preview magazine recently hit newstands, ranked the top 54 DL units in college football in this year’s magazine.
Here’s a look where local schools ended up in his rankings:
No. 9: TCU
No. 23: Texas
No. 25: Texas A&M
No. 27: Oklahoma State
No. 45: Oklahoma
Not listed: Baylor, North Texas, SMU, Texas Tech
Which school do you think will get the best play from its DL this fall? Vote in our poll below: