Texas offensive line coach Herb Hand runs through drills during their UT's first practice at Frank Denius Fields on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The Commitment 101: Potential is the word for Texas commit Andrej Karic

Posted July 24th, 2019


Texas is starting to recruit like a team coming off consecutive top-three recruiting classes and a win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. It took longer than desired for the Longhorns to build momentum on the recruiting trail. Tom Herman’s program continued a successful week by notching the pledge of Southlake Carroll offensive tackle Andrej Karic. This follows commitments from a pair of 2021 stars over the past three days.

Karic is the fourth offensive lineman to pledge to Texas in the 2020 class, becoming the 11th commitment in the cycle. The 6-5, 240-pound three-star is a project who is still new to football. He started his career at defensive end. His footwork is great for a big man, but he’ll need to add 40 pounds before competing for a spot in Texas’ two-deep. Assistant coach Herb Hand has recruited well enough to provide Karic that time.

Skill set: Karic earned first-team all-district honors as a junior. He’s nimble-footed and ultra-athletic for an offensive lineman. Some of that is due to his former life as a pass rusher. The goal for Karic is to keep that advantage over other offensive linemen while adding the necessary strength and weight to compete at the highest levels of college football. Right now, he excels as a pass blocker and a blocker in space. He’ll improve his 1-on-1 blocking at the point of attack as he gets stronger. Former Texas great Connor Williams went through a similar transition after leaving the tight end position and now he’s a starter for the Dallas Cowboys. 

Immediate impact: Karic is still growing as an offensive tackle, both physically and mentally. He was a defender for most of his young football career, but has transitioned nicely to left tackle under varsity tutelage at Southlake Carroll. The big concern is his weight. Karic is still 40 to 50 pounds away from competing for snaps on the two-deep at Texas. He’ll get his senior season plus a redshirt year to hone his craft while adding strength under the watchful eye of strength and conditioning coach Yancy McKnight. A redshirt seems likely.  

Fitting into the program: Karic is another DFW prospect from a school known for producing talent. Texas possesses more commitments from DFW prospects in the 2020 class than it signed in 2018 and 2019 combined. The Longhorns can’t rely on Houston alone if the goal is to win the Big 12 and compete for a national championship. Texas can only do that if it is recruiting both Houston and Dallas. Karic is another win for the Longhorns in north Texas. 

Recruiting at the position: The only offensive line target remaining for Texas in the 2020 class is Clear Creek four-star Chad Lindberg. Karic joined the already impressive collection of offensive line commits in Logan Parr, Jake Majors, and Jaylen Garth. Lindberg would be the icing on the cake. He’s a long-time target of the Longhorns and his older brother is currently a student at Texas.

Texas' 2020 recruiting class

A list of Texas commitments in the 2020 recruiting class.
Hudson CardQBLake Travis4May 25 (2018)
Logan ParrOGSan Antonio O'Connor4Oct. 28 (2018)
Jake MajorsOGProsper4Jan. 24
Jaylen GarthOTPort Neches-Groves4Feb. 17
Jaden HullabyATHBishop Dunne3March 30
Ja'Quinden JacksonQB/ATHDuncanville4June 3
Kitan CrawfordCBJohn Tyler4June 21
Prince DorbahOLBHighland Park4July 9
Vernon BroughtonDTCy Ridge4July 17
Andrej KaricOTSouthlake Carroll3July 24
Bijan RobinsonRBSalpointe Catholic (Ariz.)5Aug. 2
Jerrin ThompsonSLufkin4Aug. 11
Xavion AlfordSAlvin Shadow Creek4Aug. 16
Troy OmeireWRFort Bend Austin4Sept. 20
Dajon HarrisonATHHutto3Nov. 5
Sawyer Goram-WelchDTLongview3Dec. 15
Jaylan FordOLBFrisco Lone Star3Dec. 19
Kelvontay DixonWRCarthage4Feb. 4