At first glance, it's difficult not to notice the 6-foot-4, 220-pound sophomore on the practice field at Texas High. He's long, athletic, and seems to find the ball on most plays. Three plays into his scrimmage, and he had two PBUs and a sack from OLB and DE. But there's something else to see. That would be Texas High OLB Clayton Smith.
It's been a cycle since Texas snagged an East Texas prospect. Keaontay Ingram and DeMarvion Overshown both pledged to the Longhorns Class of 2018 within days of each other two summers ago. With the region low on talent in 2019, the UT staff has gone back into the piney woods where a handful of 2020s and a sh*t ton 2021s are beginning to catch colleges attention.
Two tight end class? Two tight end class. After several years of poor depth at the position, Derek Warehime's position room might finally have all the seats filled come 2019. Temple TE Jared Wiley committed to Texas today over finalists of Houston and Missouri to join the #fUTure19 class. Wiley joins Brayden Liebrock as the second TE commit of the class.
CHANDLER, Az -- When building the Class of 2019, Tom Herman needed a premier tight end to go with the #fUTure19. So he went to Arizona and found a stud. Chandler's 3-star tight end Brayden Liebrock committed to Texas today. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound pass-catcher holds over 20 offers including Alabama, Ohio State, USC, LSU, and Oregon.
One of the main topics for the offense heading into the 2018 season is how much of a difference it will make for the unit to have even average OL play. Replacing the weak spots across the line, having multiple groups of five that can be executed to soundly execute their assignments without costly errors, and plugging in a top talent at LT after unexpectedly having to forego that luxury in 2017 are all changing variables that could provide a tremendous boost. But there’s another factor that’s likely to have a big impact on the 2018 unit and even to effect the quality of the blocking in a major way, that’s the growth at TE.