University of Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando answer questions from the local media about his strategy for the Texas Longhorns at the Moncrief Athletics Complex, UT campus at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN


Commitment 101: DeMarvion Overshown, Arp, safety

Posted May 31st, 2017

Story highlights
  • Four-star safety DeMarvion Overshown became Texas' 10th commitment in the 2018 class.
  • The addition of DeMarvion Overshown moved Texas' 2018 class ranking to No. 5 in the country and No. 1 in the Big 12.
  • Four-star DeMarvion Overshown could play multiple positions on Texas' defense.

Tom Herman’s program continued its recruiting roll Thursday night when safety DeMarvion Overshown committed to the Longhorns. Overshown, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound safety from Arp High School became the 10th member of the 2018 recruiting class, which now ranks No. 5 in the nation, per 247Sports.

Overshown is the fourth defender committed in 2018 cycle, joining defensive end Ron Tatum III, outside linebacker Byron Hobbs and defensive back Caden Sterns. Overshown is a four-star safety who ranks as the No. 114 prospect nationally and the No. 12 safety in the nation.

Skill set: Overshown is an intriguing prospect with position versatility. He’s played at all three levels of defense as a prep athlete, spending time on the defensive line, at linebacker and in the secondary. The four-star prospect is long and lean, leading many to believe his best position in college will be outside linebacker because it is likely he’ll add 20 to 30 pounds within a few years of entering a college strength and conditioning program.

Overshown arrived on the recruiting scene as a sophomore despite playing for Arp, a smaller school not known for producing P5 talent. As a sophomore, Overshown recorded 118 tackles, including 14 for loss. He forced a fumble, registered seven sacks, recovered three fumbles and had an interception playing closer to the line of scrimmage. He moved towards the secondary as a junior and finished the season with 153 tackles and three interceptions.

Not every prospect needs a defined position. Overshown is a talented defender with the ability to run, change direction and make plays. Those types of athletes find positions once on campus. Overshown is listed as a safety and he could become an all-conference player at the position. Or, he could move to linebacker. Either way, he’s a talented addition to the 2018 recruiting class.

Immediate impact: Texas’ defense hasn’t impressed in years. That leaves opportunities for young players to arrive on campus and earn immediate playing time. Overshown won’t be ready to be an every-down player as a true freshman. He’s too raw because he could never concentrate on one position. It’ll take time for Overshown to become technically sound, but that doesn’t mean his skill set won’t allow him opportunity to earn playing time as a third-down pass rusher or in nickel situations. Overshown’s athleticism also means he could help on special teams early in his career.

Fitting into the program: As Texas gains commitments from more prospects during the Herman era, the type of player the program wants to recruit is becoming clear. The Longhorns are searching for athleticism and versatility on defense. Texas wants safeties who can play cornerback or linebacker. It wants linebackers who can also play defensive end and defensive ends who can play defensive tackle. Position versatility appears to be a common trait among the defensive recruits Texas is chasing and Overshown fits that mold perfectly.

Recruiting at the position: It’s hard to say what Texas will do at the position because it is unclear which position Texas sees Overshown playing over the long-term. Sterns is also considered a safety, but he’s reported that he’ll start his career at Texas playing cornerback. Five-star safety B.J. Foster announces his decision June 5 and the Longhorns are the overwhelming favorite to land the Angleton star. If Foster commits as expected, Texas’ focus in the secondary moves to defensive back where prospects like D’Shawn Jamison, Jalen Green and Anthony Cook are the top targets.

2018 Texas Longhorns signing class

Here's a look at the recruits who signed with Texas for the 2018 recruiting cycle. Star rankings from 247Sports composite.
PlayerPos. SchoolStars Status
Byron HobbsLBFt. Worth Eastern Hills3Signed
Casey ThompsonQBSouthmoore (Okla.)4Signed
Cameron Rising QBNewbury Park (Calif.)4Signed
Reese MooreOTSeminole 3Signed
Cameron DickerKLake Travis3Signed
Caden SternsSCibolo Steele4Signed
Keaontay IngramRBCarthage4Signed
DeMarvion OvershownSArp4Signed
Ayodele AdeoyeLBIMG Academy (Fla.)4Signed
B.J. FosterSAngleton 5Signed
Al'Vonte WoodardWRHouston Lamar4Signed
Jalen GreenCBHouston Heights4Signed
Brennan EaglesWRAlief Taylor4Signed
Anthony CookCBHouston Lamar4Signed
D'Shawn JamisonCBHouston Lamar4Signed
Malcolm EppsTESpring Dekaney4Signed
Junior AngilauOTSalt Lake East (Utah)4Signed
Mikey GrandyOTCollege of San Mateo (Calif.)3Signed
Ryan BujcevskiPProKick AustrailiaN/ASigned
Keondre CoburnDTSpring Westfield4Signed
Keaontay IngramRBCarthage4Signed
Daniel CarsonDEWilliam Chrisman (Mo.)3Signed
Michael WilliamsDEDunham School (La.)3Signed
Joshua MooreWRYoakum4Signed
Christian JonesOTCy Woods3Signed
Moro OjomoDTKaty3Signed
Joseph OssaiDEConroe Oak Ridge4Signed