HOOKS – The Longhorns love recruiting East Texas. They landed a big one today.
Hooks 4-star WR Montrell Estell committed to Texas today. The 4-star athlete held offers from Texas A&M, Baylor, and Alabama.
“I’m very excited to be a Longhorn,” said Estell. “My position is safety and Texas gets the best out of DBs than any other school. They put the most in the NFL.”
Says he’s looking forward to being coach by Strong and Jennings, and has a good relationship with Jeff Traylor.
Excerpt from the Notebook:
How he fits at Texas: This kid is tall and very fast, which is enough to guarantee that he’ll get some nice opportunities. He played both ways at Hooks and projects as either an outside receiver or a deep safety for Texas. He’s murder after the catch and Hooks got him the ball in a lot of different ways to take advantage of his ability to reach speeds within a few steps that would take him to the end zone. Estell has a nice catch radius but he underhands a lot of balls and doesn’t necessarily seem as fantastic a deep threat as you’d guess from his size and speed. At safety on the other hand, he effortlessly covers ground on the back end and gets his hands on a lot of throws, often housing interceptions. I see Davion Hall, a big kid who may start at WR but is probably more of a natural at safety. – IB
Coach says: I’m truly torn on this kid. He’s such a good athlete and he makes the kinds of plays that make you cuss in a good way because he is so damn good. The question is where do you play him? He makes some damn good plays on both sides of the ball whenever he gets his mitts on the football and makes for quite a dilemma. Initially I was thinking you put that type of athlete on the offensive side of the ball and let him touch the ball as much as possible, but the more I watch him I think his upside on defense is real hard to ignore. With the amount of talent at receiver this cycle in state, if I’m Texas I am giving him the DBU pitch and I would tinker with the idea of letting him touch the ball as a returner because he is that good of athlete. It doesn’t really matter, just get him on campus and figure the rest out later.
How this affects Texas: Estell is just another in the long lone of explosive athletes that calls ETX home. He could be a WR or CB at the next level, but he prefers pass-catcher. He’s a fan of Texas, but Baylor and A&M are pushing the hardest at the moment, with BU holding a slight edge early in the year. Texas likes him at WR or safety and will continue to pursue him. He hopes to visit Austin this summer for the UTL camp in late July. The Horns have some ground to make up here, but I think they have around 5-6 other receivers ahead of him on their big board. He’ll be one we continue to monitor. He’ll play safety in Austin. – JW
Estell is the 7th member of UT’s Class of 2017. He joins Xavier Newman (Desoto), Kobe Boyce (Lake Dallas), Lagaryonn Carson (Liberty-Eylau), Damion Miller (John Tyler), Sam Ehlinger (Austin Westlake) and Major Tennison (Bullard).