Longview defensive tackle Sawyer Goram-Welch pledged to Texas a week before early signing period. (Hayden Henry/Longview News-Journal)


Commitment 101: Longview defensive tackle Sawyer Goram-Welch provides size, upside

Posted December 15th, 2019


The Longhorns added its 17th commitment of the 2020 class on Sunday when three-star defensive tackle Sawyer Goram-Welch pledged to Texas on an official visit to Austin. The Longview product plans to sign with Texas on Dec. 18 and enroll in January, giving Texas’ staff another big body on the defensive line. 

The 6-4, 278-pounder was a one-time commitment to Oklahoma State and picked up an offer from Texas on Dec. 2. Goram-Welch joins four-star Vernon Broughton as the two defensive tackle commits in the 2020 cycle. Both are enrolling early and hoping to crack the two-deep under a new defensive coordinator as true freshmen. 

Texas’ 2020 class ranks seventh in the nation and first in the Big 12 despite a 7-5 record and looming changes at both coordinator positions. The Longhorns lost the commitment of three-star athlete Ty Jordan to Utah earlier in the week. 

Skill set: Goram-Welch is a high-motor defensive lineman who can fit in a three- or four-man front. That’s good because the Longhorns need versatile players up front with an upcoming change at defensive coordinator. Goram-Welch is a proven commodity at the Class 6A level, helping Longview claim the Division II title as a junior. He was a first-team all-district selection that season, ending the year with 65 tackles with 15 for loss. Goram-Welch improved his sack numbers as a senior, recording eight sacks in 2019 compared to five in 2018. 

Immediate impact: Goram-Welch plans to enroll early and that gives Texas another body to develop in the spring. It’s tough for big men on either side of the ball to make an immediate impact, but Goram-Welch should enter his true freshman season with the physicality as a sophomore with a full offseason under his belt. A new defensive coordinator means a clean slate for everybody, and that provides opportunities for Goram-Welch to earn snaps on the two-deep in 2020. 

Fitting into the program: Texas wants hard-nosed, nasty football players on defense. Goram-Welch fits that profile with a no-nonsense reputation in the trenches. The Longhorns are in need of some toughness in the locker room and the three-star won’t back down from a challenge. Tom Herman’s program won’t change just because of the coaching staff. Herman still drives the bus and Goram-Welch fits the profile of a Herman prospect because of his toughness and upside.  

Recruiting at the position: Goram-Welch and Broughton are of similar size with the versatility to play outside in an odd-man front or at three-technique in a four-man defensive line. It’s still not clear which direction Texas’ new defensive coordinator will go because the Longhorns are waiting until after the early signing period to add coaches to the staff. Herman would love to close the defensive line class by nabbing Bastrop Cedar Creek four-star Alfred Collins

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