SAN ANTONIO – The tight end position at Texas was once a destination for future NFL talent. Devonaire Clarington would like to restore that.
The 4-star TE from Miami committed to the Longhorns today at the Army All-American Bowl. He is the 25th pledge for Charlie Strong and the Class of 2015 at Texas.
Clarington, the No. 4 rated TE in the nation, is a prospect at a must-have spot. 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 chose UT over Miami and Florida. He holds over 30 offers including Alabama, LSU, Michigan, and Notre Dame.
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.
“Texas will be getting all of my abilities,” Clarington told reporters. “My route-running, hands and athletic ability. I’m not your normal tight end. I’ll show everyone in the first game against Notre Dame.”
Texas might not been through with the day. Miami 4-star DB Tim Irvin decides between Texas, Florida, Miami, and Auburn.