Tom Herman is following a familiar recruiting recipe. Texas started its 2019 class with a quarterback commitment from four-star dual-threat Roschon Johnson of Port Neches-Groves. The Longhorns started the 2020 class with a pledge from Lake Travis four-star dual-threat quarterback Hudson Card. He’s currently ranked as the top quarterback on The Next 25 and the second-best dual-threat quarterback by 247Sports.
Card picked Texas over 22 other offers, including Ohio State, Alabama and Auburn. He was named the District 25-6A Newcomer of the Year in 2017 when he starred at wide receiver for the state-bound Cavaliers. Card caught 69 passes for 1,137 yards and 13 touchdowns. He added six rushing touchdowns, six passing touchdowns and three interceptions. He’s an all-around athlete who is expected to start for Lake Travis as a junior.
The Longhorns offered Hudson Card after the Orange-White game. He becomes the second local quarterback commitment for Herman in the past three cycles, joining current Longhorn Sam Ehlinger of Westlake. Card will spend his junior season throwing to Texas target and Ohio State commit Garrett Wilson, who is the No. 7 player on the Fabulous 55.
Texas holds six commitments in the 2019 class.
Skill set: It’s hard to scout Card as a quarterback based on his high school tape. He completed 57 of 82 passes for 604 yards and six touchdowns to just three interceptions. He started at wide receiver and played sparingly in blowouts or when Matthew Baldwin, who is now at Ohio State, was injured. Card is clearly athletic, evidenced by his success as a wide receiver, and will bring a new dimension to the Lake Travis offense.
Card was thrust into the spotlight in the Class 6A Division I state championship game in 2017 when Baldwin was hurt on the first series. Card held his own despite nervy mistakes and nearly led the Cavaliers to a comeback victory. Hudson threw for 224 yards and completed 66 percent of his passes in the loss. He also led the team with 82 yards on 14 carries.
— Hudson Card (@Hcard7) May 25, 2018
Immediate impact: Texas is finally in the position to allow a young quarterback time to develop. Redshirt has become a bad word in modern football, but it can benefit a quarterback. Ask Vince Young. For too long Texas needed an incoming freshman to make an impact. Shane Buechele started for Charlie Strong. Ehlinger made starts for Herman. The 2020 season is a long way off, but it’s unlikely the quarterback room needs Card to arrive on campus prepared to start.
In theory, Ehlinger would still be at Texas, as would Casey Thompson, Cam Rising and Johnson, if Johnson and Card remain committed through their respective national signing day. Card is a tremendously talented prospect, but Texas fans should hope quarterback commitments get time to learn before seeing the field.
Fitting into the program: Lake Travis is adjusting its offense in 2018 to fit Card’s skill set. The players describe it to the offense Herman ran at Houston and hopes to employ in Texas once his players fit the scheme. Card fits the mold of a Herman quarterback. He’s a true dual-threat with the ability to threaten a defense with his legs. As a local, Card will also benefit from easy access to the program.
Recruiting at the position: It’s too early to know if the Longhorns will pursue a second quarterback in the 2020 class. Johnson is expected to be the lone quarterback signed in 2019 and the 2020 class size likely depends on potential attrition. Locking in a quarterback to lead a recruiting class is always a goal and Herman managed to secure his top target in two consecutive classes. Bryce Young (Calif.) and Malik Hornsby are two names to remember if Texas does pursue another quarterback in the class.