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Garth chooses the Longhorns

Jaylen Garth (Justin Wells/IT)
Jaylen Garth (Justin Wells/IT)

And the hits keep coming.

After netting Roschon Johnson from Port Neches-Groves in the 2019 class, Tom Herman decided to prioritize one of his class of 2020 teammates.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound OL Jaylen Garth wanted to continue to block for his quarterback after paving the way for Johnson to put huge numbers up at PNG, He’ll have an opportunity to do that in college as Garth committed to the Longhorns today.

How he fits at Texas: Garth has been a highly effective tackle in a power-based spread offense to this point. He regularly climbs up to LBs and protects the backside of plays with quickness. Between that, the PN-G QB stretch game, and his protection, he’s got a lot on film to suggest he’ll stick at tackle despite being “only” 6-4. His kick step game is already strong with a year to go and that’s after he missed much of his junior year. Garth is also very strong at combo blocks and picking up late-coming edge rushers. He has the overall athleticism and skill to translate easily to Texas’ inside zone scheme potentially at RT or even LT. If he ends up inside it’ll be more likely a win for Texas than a consolation prize because his skill and athleticism is high. – Ian Boyd

Eric Nahlin on Jaylen Garth: There wasn’t going to be a better measuring stick to gauge Jaylen Garth than watching him versus 2019 Texas signee T’Vondre Sweat, so Port Neches-Groves versus Huntsville was one I had to catch this past season.

Going in I figured Garth would handle Sweat’s quickness but struggle some with his power. That held for the most part, as Garth’s feet and agility were more than up to the task. Though Sweat held the power advantage, Garth was game and aggressive. It was great watching what I assumed at the time were two future teammates.

That prediction looks to be holding as Garth gave the Tom Herman staff its third commitment from an offensive lineman in the class. Like the staff landing its preferred defensive back class in 2018, the 2020 o-line dream is still alive with Garth joining Logan Parr and Jake Majors, and the staff still in the middle of things for Chad Lindberg and Damieon George. There could even be a sixth wildcard take down the road.

Texas always looked good in this recruitment. It didn’t hurt that Herman signed Port Neches-Groves quarterback Roschon Johnson in the 2019 class. Another positive sign in this recruitment was how his offer came about. Invited to hang out at A&M or camp and earn an offer from UT, Garth elected to put his cleats on and go to work. He seems to be no stranger to work as he has developed a lot physically in a relatively short window.

Garth gives Herb Hand another moldable offensive tackle to work with. He comes complete with the raw essentials of athleticism, bend, and length. Programs are always looking for tackles and Texas just found a good one.

Garth is the fifth member of Texas’ 2020 class joining Mookie Cooper (Trinity Catholic – MO), Jake Majors (Prosper) Logan Parr (Helotes O’Connor), and Hudson Card (Lake Travis).