Port Neches-Groves offensive lineman Jaylen Garth is a top prospect in the 2020 class. (Mike Craven)

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Meet the Longhorns: Port Neches-Groves’ Jaylen Garth could use some time to develop at Texas

Posted December 18th, 2019

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Jaylen Garth, offensive tackle, Port Neches-Groves

FYI: 4-stars; 6-5/285; No. 18-ranked OT

Fabulous 55 ranking: 26th

Committed: Feb. 17

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What he brings to Texas’ table: Garth is still relatively new to football. He didn’t truly start playing organized sports until his freshman year in high school. But he quickly went from untapped potential to one of the state’s top offensive line prospects.

Much like fellow 2020 recruit Jake Majors, Garth plays tackle in high school but could play either outside or at guard in college because of his lack of ideal height. Still, he’s athletic for his size and is a mauler in the running game.

Garth missed his senior season with a leg injury. Each of Texas’ offensive linemen who signed in 2018 and 2019 were able to redshirt as freshmen, and that’s a good sign for the Longhorns. It’s not healthy to rely on a freshman to block college-aged athletes, specifically in the big games Texas hopes to reach in the coming years.

No position needs more time to develop and Garth should be given plenty of time with the amount of young talent already at Texas waiting for snaps.

He said it: “Coach Hand wants me at guard, but nothing is set in stone. I need to work on my body, turning it into muscle. I can also improve on getting to the second level and my feet.” — Garth

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Texas' 2020 recruiting class

A list of Texas commitments in the 2020 recruiting class.
PLAYERPOS.SCHOOLSTARSCOMMITMENT DATE
Hudson CardQBLake Travis4May 25 (2018)
Logan ParrOGSan Antonio O'Connor4Oct. 28 (2018)
Jake MajorsOGProsper4Jan. 24
Jaylen GarthOTPort Neches-Groves4Feb. 17
Jaden HullabyATHBishop Dunne3March 30
Ja'Quinden JacksonQB/ATHDuncanville4June 3
Kitan CrawfordCBJohn Tyler4June 21
Prince DorbahOLBHighland Park4July 9
Vernon BroughtonDTCy Ridge4July 17
Andrej KaricOTSouthlake Carroll3July 24
Bijan RobinsonRBSalpointe Catholic (Ariz.)5Aug. 2
Jerrin ThompsonSLufkin4Aug. 11
Xavion AlfordSAlvin Shadow Creek4Aug. 16
Troy OmeireWRFort Bend Austin4Sept. 20
Dajon HarrisonATHHutto3Nov. 5
Sawyer Goram-WelchDTLongview3Dec. 15
Jaylan FordOLBFrisco Lone Star3Dec. 19
Kelvontay DixonWRCarthage4Feb. 4

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