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Recruiting: 2022 DB Jaylon Guilbeau commits to Texas

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UT’s Class of 2022 was already off to a nice start with Quinn Ewers and Phaizon Wilson. Snatching a commitment from Port Arthur Memorial four-star cornerback Jaylon Guilbeau only adds to the momentum.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder chose the Longhorns over offers from Texas A&M, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, LSU, and Oregon. He joins 2021 teammate Jordon Thomas as Memorial Titans committed to the Longhorns.

Ian Boyd on how he fits at Texas:

Guilbeau is the island cornerback for his high school. Sometimes he’ll play off coverage on the boundary without much help, at other times he’ll be in press-man but still responsible for a vertical outside of the numbers. He’s pretty quick and has a great feel for space, cutting off receiver’s releases and breaking on routes. His ball skills are also solid. The measurables aren’t impressive just yet, though. He ran a 4.82 40 as a sophomore and there are questions about his recovery speed as a press-man corner. If that doesn’t work his ability to stick routes well, ball skills, and tackling should allow him to transition easily to nickel or safety.

Coach says:

Strengths: Good height for the position with a well-proportioned frame to add bulk. Smooth feet. A very physical player whose best moments are attacking the ball and the runner. Shows diversity in footwork (bail, side-shuffle, back-pedal). Shows very good lower body explosiveness and flexibility and does not commit his hips too early. Appears comfortable and smooth in change of direction and recovers very well when beaten. Judges the flight of the ball very well and catches naturally with soft hands. He has press-man, off-man and zone highlights that all show an understanding of leverage and scheme. He is obviously football smart and able to diagnose the play in front of him. He will explode into ball carriers and is a more than willing participant in the run support. Challenges every ball. Uses every bit of his advantage riding the receiver into the boundary. Frustrates offensive players. 

Areas for Improvement / Concern: Will need to add the requisite weight to play at the college level but have already done that (his official weight is from January 2020). Despite a track background, his measured straight line speed appears slow for the position. Will be slow to break at times even though he clearly has diagnosed the play

Guilbeau is the third member of UT’s Class of 2022, joining Quinn Ewers (Southlake Carroll) and Phaizon Wilson (Lancaster).