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Steve Sarkisian is adding the finishing touches to the 2021 class. Mansfield Legacy defensive end David Abiara has committed to Texas.
The four-star and former Notre Dame pledge was re-offered by Texas recently. He chose the Longhorns over Oklahoma and Washington.
Excerpt from the Recruiting Notebook
How he fits at Texas: Abiara’s projection depends somewhat on what Texas wants from their strongside defensive end. He’s pretty comfortable outside right now, setting the edge and turning the shoulders of offensive tackles in the pass-rush. He’s also likely to end up being 6-4, 280-pounds+ in no time with college strength and conditioning and could potentially spin down to defensive tackle. Strongside end might be most likely since he’s already so comfortable getting to the edge and working the angles against offensive tackles. He could grow into the kind of player that can rush the passer some and also two-gap against spread schemes that are designed to attack linebackers. – IB
Coach says: Strengths – Great height/frame for the defensive line. Could play a number of spots. Frame will gladly accept more bulk. Has impressive arm length and upper body strength. One of the more efficient uses of hands I’ve seen in recent years. Gets very good arm extension and controls/guides his blocker. Really strong on the play side. Shows a great conversion of power to speed and a consistent rip move. As an outside rusher, will sink the hips and take the shortest route to the ball. Will routinely outmatch the tackle. Despite being a big guy, he arrives to hit the smaller ball carrier without altering his tackling mechanic thus delivering good power through the tackle. Closes fast. Good straight line speed and pursuit. Plays past the whistle (which I like).
Areas for Improvement / Concern: Gets too high, too fast. Will lose a lot of speed on direction change. Get off is inconsistent. Motor doesn’t show on opponent film. Opponent film shows him off balance at times.
Abiara is the 21st member of Texas’ 2021 recruiting class joining Keithron Lee (Byran Rudder), Barryn Sorrell (Holy Cross – LA), Byron Murphy (Desoto), Terrence Cooks (Pearland Shadow Creek), Max Merril (Strake Jesuit), Charles Wright (Austin High), Jaden Alexis (Monarch – FL), Gunnar Helm (Cherry Creek – CO), Jamier Johnson (John Muir – CA), Ishamel Ibraheem (Dallas Kimball), JD Coffey (Kennedale), Isaac Pearson (ProKick Australia), Casey Cain (Warren Easton – LA), Jonathon Brooks (Hallettsville), Morice Blackwell (Arlington Martin), Jordon Thomas (Port Arthur Memorial), Ja’Tavion Sanders (Denton Ryan), Derrick Harris Jr. (New Caney), Juan Davis (Everman), Hayden Conner (Katy Taylor).