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Horns hook Florida duo

The Florida Five; Davis, Johnson, Cherry, Clarington, Irvin. (Davis family)
The Florida Five; Davis, Johnson, Cherry, Clarington, Irvin. (Davis family)

SAN ANTONIO — Two South Florida kids came all the way to San Antonio for the Army All-American game.

They’ve decided to stay awhile.

2015’s Devonaire Clarington and Tim Irvin committed to Texas today during their announcements at the Army All-American Bowl at the Alamo Dome on Saturday.

Clarington, the No. 4 rated TE in the nation, is a prospect at a must-have position. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound field-stretcher is teammates with fellow Booker T. Washington (Miami, FL) player, Davante Davis, who committed to Texas on New Years Day. Clarington held over 30 offers including Alabama, LSU, Michigan, and Notre Dame.

Irvin, consensus 4-star, is why dynamite comes in small packages. The 5-foot-9,190-pound defensive back from Westminster Christian in Palmetto Bay, FL chose UT over Florida, Auburn, and Miami. The 2-way stud is expected to play safety at the next level.

IT’s Eric Nahlin had both to UT in his Recruit Watch: Running lists of Texas recruits.

The Florida duo are No.’s 25 and 26 of the Class of 2015 for the Longhorns. They’re also No.’s 3 and 4 of the Florida Five, a group of South Florida HS prospects that have pledged to UT, joining Davis and Cecil Cherry. Only WR Gilbert Johnson remains. The group took official visits to Texas on Nov. 7th during UT’s 33-16 win over West Virginia. When Charlie Strong said they would recruit the Sunshine State, he wasn’t lying.

Here’s the evaluation on Clarington, and his Hudl/highlight film:

“Texas finally gets the TE of its dreams. This kid is tall, long and athletic is will be a weapon in the passing game. He has the ability to split out and become a mismatch on defensive backs and linebackers and does a good job at getting separation. For a guy his size, he does a pretty good job of making the first guy miss after the catch and he has decent open field speed. While he was split out more than anything in HS, you can tell he has a nasty disposition in the trenches when he plays defense, and that will translate over to offense when he is asked to block as an in-line tight end. You have to block to play TE for Charlie Strong.”

How he fits at Texas, by Ian Boyd:

It’s hard to talk about Clarington’s fit at Texas without gushing about the possibilities of a DeAndre McNeal/Devonaire Clarington pairing at the H and Y positions. Clarington has an NFL frame at 6-foot-6, 225, with fluidity and hands to match that allow him to use his size to be a terror on vertical routes. Line up him as an in-line TE after he gains weight or flex him out wide and teach him how to attack the seam and open spaces in the middle and he’ll be a dynamic threat. With those skills mastered in combination with McNeal’s growth into a hybrid H-back who can block in the backfield or also flex out and Texas could have the college equivalent of New England’s old Gronk-Hernandez nightmare.”

Devonaire Clarington. (Clarington family)
Devonaire Clarington. (Clarington family)

**Excerpt from the Recruiting Notebook on Irvin:

Tim Irvin – 2015 DB from Palmetto Bay, FL

Irvin’s Hudl/highlights

How he fits at Texas: Irvin’s speed, physicality, and solid build could allow him to project all over the field at Texas. For his HS in Miami, Irvin typically just drops into deep coverage and then flies to the football with bad intentions. His instincts are great, his quickness is great, and his tackling is superb. Irvin probably fits best at Texas at safety or nickel where his willingness to get involved in the run game are needed in Strong’s schemes. – IB

Coach says: This kid is a KILLER. This kid is trying to take your soul with every hit he hands out, and he is absolutely fearless when coming up to stop the run and filling running lanes. He plays the game with a swagger that any coach will love and he plays FAST. Even though his size isn’t ideal, you can overlook it in this case. The kid is a like a powder keg waiting to explode every time he takes on a ball carrier. Reminds me a bit of Matt Elam.

How this affects Texas: Irvin is a “Strong kind of guy”. Some guys play football for fun, others to inflict pain. Irvin is a pain-guy. At 5-foot-9, 185 pounds, Irvin proves the theory that dynamite comes in small packages. He holds offers from almost every major program in the country, including Texas. Pulling him out of Florida will be a tall task, but Strong ain’t scared. – JW

“Everything is bigger in Texas,” said Clarington, the first HS TE pledge since MJ McFarland in 2011.

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