Texas commit David Gbenda in action as a senior. (Mike Craven)


Meet the Longhorns: Potential, range the keys for linebacker David Gbenda

Posted December 19th, 2018


David Gbenda, inside linebacker, Katy Cinco Ranch

Four-star linebacker David Gbenda signed with Texas on Dec. 19. (Mike Craven)

FYI: 6-0/218; 4 stars; No. 15-ranked inside linebacker

Fabulous 55 ranking: 40


Committed: Sept. 30

Scouting report: Gbenda is a modern inside linebacker. He’s tough and hard-nosed like all middle linebackers need to be, but he can also run sideline-to-sideline and isn’t uncomfortable in pass coverage. He’s the idea Big 12 middle linebacker because of his athleticism. Gbenda is a run-stopper first, however. He’s a thumper at the point of attack and doesn’t mind taking on lead blockers or pulling offensive linemen.

His instincts for the game are evolving and his best football is years ahead of him. Gbenda can also rush the passer, something Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando likes in linebackers. The 4-star is built like the types of middle linebackers Orlando has chased since arriving in Austin. Both Gary Johnson in the 2017 class and Ayodele Adeoye in 2018 are around the same size and bring speed to the position.

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2019 Texas Longhorns recruiting class

PlayerPos. SchoolStarsCommitment date
Roschon Johnson QBPort Neches-Groves4July 21 (2017)
T'Vondre Sweat DEHuntsville3Feb. 28
Jordan Whittington WRCuero4March 10
De'Gabriel Floyd OLBWestlake Village (Calif.)4March 31
Kenyatta Watson IIDBGrayson (Ga.)4May 1
Brayden Liebrock TEChandler (Ariz.)3May 8
Tyler JohnsonOLConroe Oak Ridge4May 25
Jared WileyTETemple3May 26
Jake SmithWRNotre Dame Preparatory (Ariz.)4June 3
Peter MpagiDEGeorge Ranch3June 16
Chris AdimoraSMayfair (Calif.)4July 1
Marques CaldwellCBAlvin3July 7
Marcus Tillman Jr.OLBJones (Fla.)3July 28
Javonne ShepherdOTNorth Forest4July 29
Derrian BrownRBBuford (Ga.)4Sept. 16
Tyler OwensSPlano East4Sept. 24
David GbendaILBKaty Cinco Ranch4Sept. 30
Marcus WashingtonWRTrinity Catholic (Mo.)4Oct. 26
Myron WarrenDEMany (La.)3Nov. 19
Jacoby JonesDEButler C.C.3Nov. 21
Caleb JohnsonOLBFullerton College (Calif.)3Dec. 17
Kennedy LewisWRMelissa3Dec. 18
Isaiah HookfinOTFort Bend Dulles4Dec. 21
Bru McCoyATHMater Dei (Calif.)5Jan. 25