The Texas recruiting class grew to 13 members Friday night when four-star cornerback Jalen Green pledged to the Longhorns. Green, a product of Houston Heights High School, is the first cornerback in the 2018 cycle to commit to Tom Herman’s program.
Let’s take a closer look at the No. 9 player on the Fabulous 55, and the newest member of the Texas recruiting class.
Skill set: A few college coaches and recruiting services view Green as the top prospect in the state of Texas for the 2018 class. The 6-foot-1 cornerback has that type of upside because of his combination of length and athleticism. The former quarterback is a technician who quietly goes about his business of shutting down wide receivers and creating turnovers. Green was an all-star at The Opening in Oregon, recording the most interceptions of any defensive back in attendance.
Green isn’t just a coverage corner. The four-star isn’t afraid of contact and considers himself one of the most physical cornerbacks in the state. Texas wants to be physical on defense and Green brings an edge to the position. He’s only played cornerback for two varsity seasons, yet he’s shutdown top wide receivers around the Houston area. With continued experience, Green possesses the skill set to become an all-conference performer.
Immediate impact: Holton Hill and Kris Boyd will be seniors when Green arrives on campus before the 2018 season. With experienced depth and young talent expected to remain on the roster after this season, Green won’t need to arrive on campus ready to take a starting job. He’ll certainly be afforded the opportunity to earn snaps as a true freshman because depth at the cornerback position is imperative in the pass-happy Big 12. Green is also physical enough to slide to safety if Texas is need of immediate impact at that position.
Fitting into the program: Herman liked Green early in his prep career, offering the Houston Heights product when Herman coached Houston. It didn’t take long for the Texas staff to make Green a priority when Herman made the move and most felt Green was Texas’ to lose because of that existing relationship. Green is a big, physical cornerback who excels in man-coverage, which is what Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando wants from the position.
Recruiting at the position: Texas wants two more cornerbacks in the 2018 cycle and the targets play at the same high school. Houston Lamar cornerbacks Anthony Cook and D’Shawn Jamison remain the top remaining prospect on the board for Texas at the cornerback position. Texas landed a commitment from their teammate, four-star wide receiver Al’Vonte Woodard, July 15.