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Good morning. Texas’ 2021 class just got its first serving of beef.
Katy Taylor OL Hayden Conner committed to Texas this morning over 22 other offers, including Texas A&M, Stanford, Michigan, and LSU.
Excerpt from the Recruiting Notebook:
Ian Boyd: Conner moves really easily for 6-6, 315 as a HS sophomore so obviously he’s completely dominant at that level of the game. Katy Taylor moves him around some, usually playing him at LT where he has a budding kick step and rarely any difficulty combining his quickness and sheer power to toss around would be pass-rushers. They also like to play him as a TE in unbalanced sets to secure the edge on outside zone. As well as he moves, with his size and power he’s probably an even better fit for the tight zone/power schemes that Texas employs and if he continues to develop as a technician over the next few years he could be the left tackle of the future. If not, his projection to RT or inside at guard is straightforward thanks to his size and power.
More from our OL guru @Halas:
I’m kind of surprised by how well he moves for his size. He is a very good athlete for being 315. One concern right off the bat would just be keeping his weight down for the next two years. If he gets any bigger I could see it being a detriment. He has very good feet. Moves laterally very well. Does a good job reaching ends. He profiles mores to a right tackle for me. If you got both Brock and Byrd he would make for one hell of a guard. Does a good job climbing on inside zone and backside zone cut offs working his hips through. He has some inconsistencies like knee bend and showing triple extension but when he has both it’s scary good. Does a nice job in pass pro. Turns shoulders a little early at times but that can be coached out of him. He’s a big human being so he really just needs to not make the mistake and make people run around him. Really like this kid as well.
Conner is the fourth member of Texas’ 2021 class joining Jalen Milroe (Katy Tompkins), Quaydarius Davis (Dallas Skyline), and Lake McRee (Lake Travis).