AUSTIN — UT’s Class of 2016 keeps growing. And another Baylor signee is headed to the state capitol.
Copperas Cove’s JP Urquidez committed to Charlie Strong and the Longhorns today. Urquidez originally signed with Baylor, but requested a release from his LOI after the turmoil in Waco and Art Briles’ departure. The 4-star OL held offers from Florida State, Clemson, LSU, and Penn State among others.
Despite most of the UT staff being on vacation, Strong, Sterlin Gilbert, and Jeff Traylor were waiting at Moncrief to greet the 6-foot-6, 305-pound monster interior lineman. Texas was always a school that held JP’s interest, including attending the Under the Lights event in 2014.
“I have trust in him, said Urquidez about Texas and Strong. “I love the way he is and how honest he is about the way he runs the program. I feel so great right now.”
Excerpt from the Recruiting Notebook:
JP Urquidez, 6-foot-6, 305 – Copperas Cove
How he fits at Texas: Urquidez has the quickness and frame to be a left tackle for Texas, and if given time to continue to fill out his frame and add strength he would thrive with Matt Mattox where he could use his footwork to set up defenders before latching on and controlling them. It’s not clear if he’ll become a mauler at the point of attack but he’s very capable of getting movement on double teams and staying in front of edge players. Urquidez has drawn mixed reviews but I think he’ll be really good once he learns some technique and adds some strength because all of the tools are there. Sometimes he shows really quick feet, other times he gets guys thanks to his reach and then relies on that rather than finishing blocks with his feet. Sometimes he shows real aggressiveness and power, other times he lacks punch. I think he could be a lead tackle in their system with some time and confidence-building work in practice and in the weight room. – IB
Coach Says: To be honest, I am not too high on him right now. While he has the ideal size you want in an offensive tackle, he doesn’t really blow you away in the run game or in pass protection. He is a guy an offensive line coach will take and bank that he can turn him into a player, because right now it looks like his best football is years in front of him. As is, I see him as a guy that needs at least 2-3 years of molding before I am giving him reps in the 2-deep.
How this affects Texas: Texas needs depth along the o-line and Urquidez offers that. The big nasty has the frame (6-foot-6) for tackle, but size (305 pounds) and mentality for guard. He’s a good get for the Horns who build their program from the inside out. – JW
Urquidez is the 26th commit in the Class of 2016. He joins Devin Duvernay (Garland Sachse), Jordan Elliott (Houston Westside), Jeffrey McCulloch (Aldine Davis), Erick Fowler (Manor), Chris Brown (Alief Elsik), Brandon Jones (Nacogdoches), D’Andre Christmas-Giles (St Augustine), Marcel Southall (Duncanville), Chris Daniels (Trinity), Kyle Porter (Katy), Lil Jordan Humphrey (Southlake Carroll), Eric Cuffee (Waco High), Zach Shackelford (Belton), Jean Delance (North Mesquite), Davion Curtis (Temple), Denzel Okafor (Lewisville), Andrew Fitzgerald (Flower Mound Marcus), Malcolm Roach (Baton Rouge, LA), Peyton Aucoin (Bother Martin, New Orleans), Collin Johnson (WR – Valley Christian (CA), Reggie Hemphill (WR – Manvel), Shane Buechele (QB – Arlington Lamar), Tope Imade (OL – Arlington Bowie), Gerald Wilbon (DL/OL – Destrehan, LA) and DeMarco Boyd (ATH – Gilmer).
And stay tuned to InsideTexas.com. Might be more on the way.