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Four-star linebacker David Gbenda commits to Texas over Texas A&M, TCU

Posted September 30th, 2018

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The Longhorns wanted a third linebacker in the 2019 class and defensive coordinator Todd Orlando stayed in-state to land David Gbenda, a four-star inside linebacker from Katy Cinco Ranch. Gbenda picked up an offer from Texas in March and focused on in-state schools like Texas, TCU and Texas A&M before pulling the trigger during his senior season. The 6-foot, 212-pounder is a member of the Fabulous 55 and ranked as the No. 11 inside linebacker in the 2019 class. He held 24 offers.

Gbenda joins outside linebackers De’Gabriel Floyd and Marcus Tillman Jr. as the linebacker core in the 2019 class. His commitment likely closes the door on any other prep linebacker targets. If Orlando and Texas decide to add another number it likely comes from the JUCO ranks. Gbenda is commitment No. 18 of Texas’ 2019 class, which now ranks comfortably inside the top 10 in the nation.

2019 Texas Longhorns recruiting class

PlayerPos. SchoolStarsCommitment date
Roschon Johnson QBPort Neches-Groves4July 21 (2017)
T'Vondre Sweat DEHuntsville3Feb. 28
Jordan Whittington WRCuero4March 10
De'Gabriel Floyd OLBWestlake Village (Calif.)4March 31
Kenyatta Watson IIDBGrayson (Ga.)4May 1
Brayden Liebrock TEChandler (Ariz.)3May 8
Tyler JohnsonOLConroe Oak Ridge5May 25
Jared WileyTETemple3May 26
Jake SmithWRNotre Dame Preparatory (Ariz.)4June 3
Peter MpagiDEGeorge Ranch3June 16
Chris AdimoraSMayfair (Calif.)4July 1
Marques CaldwellCBAlvin3July 7
Marcus Tillman Jr.OLBJones (Fla.)3July 28
Javonne ShepherdOTNorth Forest4July 29
Derrian BrownRBBuford (Ga.)4Sept. 16
Tyler OwensSPlano East4Sept. 24
David GbendaILBKaty Cinco Ranch4Sept. 30
Marcus WashingtonWRTrinity Catholic (Mo.)4Oct. 26
Myron WarrenDEMany (La.)3Nov. 19
Jacoby JonesDEButler C.C.3Nov. 21
Caleb JohnsonOLBFullerton College (Calif.)3Dec. 17

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