CHANDLER, Az — When building the Class of 2019, Tom Herman needed a premier tight end to go with the #fUTure19. So he went to Arizona and found a stud.
Chandler’s 3-star tight end Brayden Liebrock committed to Texas today. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound pass-catcher holds over 20 offers including Alabama, Ohio State, USC, LSU, and Oregon.
At the end of the day, it was Austin for the Liebrocks. Along with last year’s signee Malcolm Epps (Spring DeKaney), the TE room at Texas is starting to fill up with talent. – Justin Wells
That was my reply in its entirety when the three-star picked up his Texas offer on February 20th. I was very surprised to learn he was a three-star.
Since then, he’s also wowed on the camp circuit. I feel pretty comfortable in stating this is the best all-around receiving threat Texas has landed at the position since Blaine Irby.
Liebrock is very fluid in his movements — more like a wide receiver — for stretching 6-foot-5. He shows quickness and fluidity out of cuts, and uses the entirety of his catch radius. He’s a vertical threat when attached or out wide. There’s some evidence of him rounding routes off at times, but that’s nit-picking. He’s about as nuanced a route runner you’ll find on the high school level.
The quickness he shows off the line as a runner also comes into play as a blocker as he gets outside of d-ends on outside zone. He shows leverage and willingness, which is all that really matters at this point. Strength will come, though he isn’t weak now.
I fully expect Liebrock to get a ratings bump before National Signing Day. Currently a composite .8884, he’s really a mid-.90’s guy in my estimation. – Eric Nahlin
Excerpt from the Recruiting Notebook:
How he fits at Texas: Liebrock is a no brainer as a receiving TE prospect. He’s fluid in and out of his cuts and already pretty advanced as a route runner. He can catch the ball in traffic, has terrific hands in general, and of course he’s big and thus a matchup problem for defenders. If Texas used their TEs solely for receiving he could see the field early but he does show promise at attacking defenders as a blocker and his frame is going to easily carry 240+ of helpful weight towards that aim. – Ian Boyd
Liebrock is the sixth member of the 2019 class joining Kenyatta Watson II (Grayson – GA), De’Gabriel Floyd (Westlake – CA), Jordan Whittington (Cuero), T’Vondre Sweat (Huntsville), and Roschon-Johnson (Port Neches-Groves).