No recruiting class is complete without a quarterback, and the Longhorns made a big statement Monday by landing one of the best 2015 signal callers available.
Zach Gentry, a four-star Albuquerque (N.M.) Eldorado product, was the highest rated pro-style quarterback still available before pledging to Texas. 247Sports Composite ranking rates Gentry as the No. 6 pro-style quarterback in the 2015 class.
Gentry, who is surprisingly mobile despite his 6-foot-7, 230 pound frame, took an unofficial visit to Texas in mid-April and chose the Longhorns over offers from some elite FBS programs, including Alabama, Tennessee and Oklahoma State.
“Happy to say I’ve committed to the University of Texas today,” Gentry said Monday afternoon via Twitter.
The commitment could be a big momentum boost for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail. Gentry, the third-highest rated prospect in UT’s class, gives Texas a shot in the arm right before the summer, a popular time in the recruiting calendar for players to commit.
Where the Longhorns were going at the quarterback position was one of the biggest questions facing Strong as he assembles his first class at Texas. UT had shown interest in a number of pro-style and dual-threat quarterbacks, but had been patient in tabbing their 2015 signal caller.
Texas may add another project quarterback, like Fort Bend Marshall athlete J.W. Ketchum, but Gentry will be the guy expected to fight for playing time behind 2014’s blue-chip quarterback signee, Jerrod Heard.
The top prospect out of New Mexico in 2015, Gentry had a relationship with Charlie Strong’s staff before they arrived in Texas. Last summer Gentry was offered a scholarship by Strong’s Louisville staff, and attended a recruiting camp at Louisville led by then Cardinals offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, who is now the assistant head coach for offense at Texas.
Gentry’s commitment brings UT’s 2015 class to ten prospects. The group is currently ranked eighth in the country and first in the Big 12 by 247Sports
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