Texas was forced to play catch-up in the 2019 recruiting class after Texas A&M and Oklahoma seized early momentum in the cycle. Tom Herman and his staff closed magnificently, ending up with the third-ranked class in the country, but the Longhorns certainly would rather play with a lead in 2020. And Friday’s commitment from three-star offensive tackle Jaylen Garth gives the Longhorns their fifth pledge and the third along the offensive line.
The 6-4, 285-pound lineman blocked for current Texas quarterback Roschon Johnson at Port Neches-Groves and always stated that following his quarterback to Austin was his most likely destination.
Let’s a take a closer look at what Garth brings to the field and the Texas program.
Skill set: Garth is still relatively new to football. He didn’t truly start playing organized sports until his freshman year in high school. He quickly went from untapped potential to one of the state’s top offensive line prospects. Much like fellow 2020 commit Jake Majors, Garth plays tackle in high school but could play outside or at guard in college because of his lack of ideal height. Still, he’s athletic for his size and is a mauler in the running game.
He’s still a raw prospect learning how to play football and exert his will on a consistent basis. Garth will emerge as a four-star prospect after the composite rankings renew for the 2020 class, as will Majors. Both are future members of the 2020 Fabulous 55 and contain the exact type of versatility and nastiness that assistant coach Herb Hand wants in his linemen.
Immediate impact: Each of the offensive linemen who signed in the 2018 class were able to redshirt last season, and that’s a good sign for the Longhorns. It’s not healthy to rely on a true freshman to block college-aged athletes, specifically in the big games Texas hopes to reach in the coming years. No position needs more time to develop and Garth should be given plenty of time with the amount of young talent already on Texas’ campus waiting for snaps.
The real immediate impact for Garth comes on the recruiting trail. He, Majors and four-star Logan Parr form a powerful trio of offensive line commits that Texas can use to help land offensive skill position players like Galena Park North Shore five-star running back Zachary Evans.
Fitting into the program: Garth won’t walk into the Texas locker room without familiar faces to greet him, thanks to Johnson. Garth went on plenty of UT visits with his former quarterback and continues to be a regular visitor at Texas, meaning he’s well acquainted with the coaching staff, players and the expectations within the program.
Recruiting at the position: Texas wants to sign five offensive linemen in the 2020 class and the Longhorns are already 60 percent of the way there. That’s an amazing accomplishment and a clear audible from the 2019 class when Texas never rushed to gain commitments early in the cycle. The remaining offensive line targets are Houston Clear Creek’s Chad Lindberg and North Shore’s Damien George.
|Hudson Card||QB||Lake Travis||4||May 25 (2018)|
|Logan Parr||OG||San Antonio O'Connor||4||Oct. 28 (2018)|
|Jake Majors||OG||Prosper||4||Jan. 24|
|Mookie Cooper||ATH||Trinity Catholic (Mo.)||4||Feb. 16|
|Jaylen Garth||OT||Port Neches-Groves||4||Feb. 17|