The Texas Longhorns flag flies in the end zone prior to kickoff against West Virginia at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)


The Class of 2017: Destination Texas — Hooks’ Montrell Estell

Posted April 20th, 2017



Texas’ top safeties

The Longhorns’ top-performing safeties and freshmen safeties over the past three years:


2014: The top safety — Dylan Haines (86 tackles, 4 INTs, 7 pass breakups); top freshman — Jason Hall (49 tackles, 1 TFL, 3 INTs, 10 pass breakups, 13 passes defended)

2015: The top safety — Haines (47 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack, 5 INTs); top freshman — DeShon Elliott (13 tackles, 2 INTs, 3 passes defended)

2016: The top safety — Hall (52 tackles, 2 INTs, 3 sacks, 4.5 TFL); top freshman — Brandon Jones (16 tackles, 2 blocked punts, 1 safety)

Texas’s Defensive Back Brandon Jones (19) misses a tackle as OSU’s running back Justice Hill (27) gets a first down during the first quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Ok., on Saturday, October 01, 2016. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN STATESMAN

Freshmen on the field
Jones was the lone freshman safety to play in 2016. Texas signed two last year — Jones and Chris Brown, who redshirted.

The last 10 safeties Texas has signed; five of them were 4-star recruits, five were 3-stars. Estell will be one of two freshmen safeties this fall since 2016 signee Chris Brown redshirted.

2017: Montrell Estell, Hooks (4). Starred at receiver and safety in high school, but he wanted to be a safety in college. Was signed as an athlete.

2016: Brandon Jones, Nacogdoches (4). Was considered UT’s top get of the 2016 class. He didn’t see a lot of snaps, but did make some big plays on special teams.

2016: Chris Brown, Alief Elsik (3). Didn’t get a lot of recruiting hype, but Texas liked him. Redshirted last fall, but made a couple of big plays in this year’s spring game.

UT safety DeShon Elliott(5) wraps up Texas Tech wide receiver Tony Brown(8) in the first quarter at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock Saturday November 5, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

2015: DeShon Elliott, Rockwall-Heath (4). Got into half of UT’s games as a freshman, with one start, and his two picks tied for second-most on the team.

2015: P.J. Locke III, Beaumont Central (3). Played in all 12 games, started one, and finished his freshman season with 14 tackles, 1 TFL and a forced fumble.

2014: John Bonney, Houston Lamar (4). 39 tackles, one forced fumble, a quarterback hurry and a team-leading nine pass breakups last fall.

2014: Jason Hall, South Grand Prairie (3). Settled into a starting spot. Led all safeties last year with 52 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. Also had two interceptions.

2013: Chevoski Collins, Livingston (3). Never saw the field as a Longhorn. Reshirted in 2013, then was kicked off the team by Charlie Strong as part of the Great Roster Purge of 2014.

2013: Erik Huhn, Cibolo Steele (3). Injury problems derailed his UT career. No longer on the roster.

2012: Adrian Colbert, Mineral Wells (4). Played in 38 career games and finished his career last fall as a graduate transfer with Miami. He played in eight games with the Hurricanes, with two starts. He missed five games with an injury and finished with 22 tackles and 2.5 TFL.