CLASS OF 2017: DEREK KERSTETTER
San Antonio Reagan, OL (6-5, 299)
HOW DID HE GET HERE? One of only two offensive linemen that signed with Texas in 2017, Kerstetter originally was committed to Oklahoma State. He pledged to the Cowboys in June 2016. But Tom Herman and offensive line coach Derek Warehime, who had both recruited Kerstetter for Houston, were able to flip him to Texas in late December.
STAR RATING: 3
RECRUIT RANKINGS: Overall, 619th; Fab 55, not ranked; Position, 30th
MILES TO AUSTIN: 76
AT S.A. REAGAN: A three-year standout on the Rattlers’ offensive line, Kerstetter played primarily tackle at Reagan but expects to move to guard or center in college. The three-time all-district selection (including two first-team nods) was a U.S. Army All-American. Reagan went 31-5 in his three years, including a perfect 18-0 mark and three district titles in 26-6A.
2014: Hon. mention All-District 26-6A; team averaged 383.4 yards, 203.4 rush yards, 153.0 pass yards
2015: All-District 26-6A; team averaged 462.3 yards, 277.7 rush yards and 184.5 pass yards
2016: All-District 26-6A; team averaged 29.1 points, 240 rush yards
WHAT HE’S WALKING INTO: Texas has rebuilt its offensive line over the past couple of years, but there is an opening or two on the interior line. Kent Perkins, who was last year’s right guard, signed a free agent deal with the Cincinnati Bengals. Patrick Vahe, the left guard, will be a junior this fall and Zach Shackelford, who’ll be a sophomore, was the starting center as a freshman last season.
THEY SAID IT: “He knows how to finish on people. I know this, we had a pretty good defensive line the last few years. Once he gets on you, he knows how to finish on blocks.” — Lyndon Hamilton, San Antonio Reagan coach
DID YOU KNOW?
- Kerstetter’s older brother, Drew, was a wide receiver at the Colorado School of Mines from 2012-16. In 2015, Drew Kerstetter was a teammate there with linebacker John Brewer — the older brother of Lake Travis tight end Cade Brewer, who like Kerstetter is part of Texas’ 2017 recruiting class. So the older brothers were teammates and now the younger brothers will be, too.
- Kerstetter also threw the discus for Reagan this year. He earned a bronze medal at the District 26-6A meet, but his season ended at the regional meet; his throw of 137 feet, 6 inches placed him 10th among Region IV-6A throwers.
- Kerstetter considers fellow San Antonio Reagan standouts Trevor and Connor Knight among his family friends, and he cheered for both as college players. Trevor, though, was a quarterback at Oklahoma and Texas A&M from 2012-16; Connor just wrapped up his career as a Sooners fullback. Don’t hold those rooting interests against the future Longhorn: “I’m not an OU fan, I’m a Trevor and Connor Knight fan,” he said.
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