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Ehlinger picks Texas

Sam Ehlinger. (Will Gallagher/IT)
Sam Ehlinger. (Will Gallagher/IT)

AUSTIN – It was a lifelong dream.

Today, Austin Westlake QB Sam Ehlinger committed to Texas. The 2017 quarterback joins John Tyler WR Damion Miller in the junior class for UT.

“Thanks you, it feels great,” said Ehlinger via text. The 6-foot-2, 208-pound signal-caller had a very productive summer. He won MVP at the Texas QB camp, Drew Brees tournament in Florida, and the state 7-on-7 title. Pledging to the Longhorns clinched the Summer of Sam. He held offers from Houston and SMU.

Ehlinger passed for 2,300 yards as a sophomore, rushing for 722 yards, and totaling 33 scores in 2014.

Here’s more from Ehlinger last night.

Excerpt from Notebook: 6/23/15

Sam Ehlinger, QB – Austin Westlake (2017)

How does he fit at Texas: Ehlinger is a dream QB prospect for Shawn Watson. He IDs coverages, freezes defenders with his eyes, throws with anticipation, and can make throws all over the field. When he uses his legs, he has great lateral quickness and gets up to speed very quickly, although his top speed is very limited. At 207 pounds, he’s not afraid to finish runs by lowering the shoulder but at college he’d need to dial that back. This gritty young Texan is currently dominating within a spread O geared around vertical option routes but his skill set could easily be harnessed in Watson’s multiple, pro-style attack after he’d been schooled in new pre and post-snap options for attacking defenses. – IB

Coach says: This kid makes it look easy out there. Has more than enough arm to make the throws you want, and is able to put plenty of touch on his deep balls as he drops it right in the bucket. Like how he climbs the pocket when he feels the rush coming, stands tall and delivers strikes. Has some sneaky athleticism to him, looks like he will be able to pick up some yards with his feet when necessary, and be able to extend some plays when things break down. This kid is my second favorite quarterback in the state in a very loaded year for signal callers.

How does this affect Texas: It’s well-documented that Ehlinger is a fan of UT. Now it looks like UT is a fan of Ehlinger. After the junior signal-caller won Top Gun honors at the Elite QB camp, he was invited today for an unofficial visit with Shawn Watson and the staff. I anticipate Ehlinger will be offered and Texas will become the hands-down leader for Sammy, if they aren’t already. When I asked Ehlinger if he would commit on the spot, he said, “I’m not sure, but probably not.” He wants to enjoy the moment of garnering a Texas offer, a life-long dream. Before he arrives on campus at 10am, Ehlinger has a throwing session with Brett Favre. Must be nice. – JW

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