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

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Commitment 101: Michael Myslinski provides Texas with a center in the 2021 recruiting class

Posted August 6th, 2020

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Offensive lineman Michael Myslinski became Texas’ 16th commitment of the 2021 class Thursday morning when the three-star publicly picked the Longhorns over 25 other offers, including Michigan State, Florida State and Iowa. The 6-2, 285-pound Myslinski is a three-star prospect who is the No. 12-ranked center in the 2021 cycle, per 247Sports composite rankings. 

Tom Herman and offensive line coach Herb Hand set out to land a true center prospect this cycle, and Myslinski comes with plenty of promise. He attends Bishop Kennedy in Jacksonville, Florida. His dad, Tom, played nine seasons in the NFL and is currently the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Jaguars. 

Skill set: Myslinski possesses a quick first step for an offensive lineman approaching 300 pounds. He does a great job staying low and maintaining solid leverage. He also knows how to maximize his strength, which is likely attributed to his father being a former pro and a current strength and conditioning coach. Myslinski plays with a mean streak. He finishes plays and appears to take satisfaction in bullying his opponents. He also moves well in space and can be used to pull or in the zone game. 

Myslinski isn’t the biggest center in the country, but he’s a hard-nosed prospect with pedigree. The Longhorns missed out on their top center prospect in the cycle when James Brockermeyer picked Alabama over Texas, along with his twin brother, five-star offensive tackle Tommy Brockermeyer. Myslinski is a fantastic pick up for the Longhorns considering Hand had to shift his focus later in the cycle. Texas managed to make up time and beat out several Power Five programs for Myslinski.  

Immediate impact: Each of Texas’ offensive line commits since the 2018 cycle were afforded a year to redshirt and acclimate to the rigors of playing in the trenches at the college level. That’s a sign of healthy depth in the offensive line room. Myslinski will be no different. He’ll be allowed to redshirt in 2021 to mold his body, continue to refine his technique and learn the system.   

Fitting into the program: Myslinski grew up in a household with a football coach with NFL experience. That should serve the young center well in his adjustment to the next level. There shouldn’t be any surprises facing Myslinski, though, transitioning to college football is never easy for a teenager. His work ethic and love of football would be welcomed into any locker room across the country. 

Recruiting at the position: Myslinski is the second commitment for Texas along the offensive line, joining four-star offensive tackle Hayden Conner. Myslinski is the fifth pledge from out of state. The class ranks 12th in the nation and first in the Big 12. He’ll be the only center Texas takes in the 2021 recruiting class.

Hand’s focus shifts to filling out his tackle and guard positions. His top target on the interior is Bryce Foster, a four-star from Katy Taylor. Duncanville four-star Savion Byrd is the top-rated uncommitted prospect at offensive tackle in Texas. Byrd and Foster are ranked inside the top 15 of the 2021 Fabulous 55. 

PLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLSTARSCOMMITMENT DATE
Hayden ConnerOTKaty Taylor4July 23 (2019)
Juan DavisWR/TEEverman3July 26 (2019)
Billy BowmanATHDenton Ryan4July 31 (2019)
Derrick Harris Jr.DENew Caney4Aug. 3 (2019)
Ja'Tavion SandersATHDenton Ryan5Sept. 8 (2019)
Jordon ThomasDEPort Arthur Memorial4May 2
Morice BlackwellOLBArlington Martin4May 10
Jonathon BrooksRBHallettsville3May 15
Casey CainWRWarren Easton (La.)3May 15
Isaac PearsonPProKick AustrailiaNRMay 29
Ishmael IbraheemCBDallas Kimball4June 15
JD CoffeySKennedale4June 15
Jamier JohnsonCBJohn Muir (Pasadena, Calif.)4July 3
Gunnar HelmTECherry Creek (Englewood, Colo.)3July 27
Michael MyslinskiCBishop Kennedy (Jacksonville, Fla.)3Aug. 6
Jaden AlexisWRMonarch Prep (Pompano Beach, Fla.)3Aug. 8
Charles WrightQBAustin3Aug. 22
Max MerrilOTStrake Jesuit3Sept. 25

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