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Staying in state was important to T’Vondre Sweat
Texas pulled off a recruiting upset when 3-star defensive end T’Vondre Sweat chose the Longhorns over Texas A&M and 15 other offers. He was considered an A&M lean until he picked Tom Herman’s program on Feb. 28. It was the rare out-of-nowhere commitment and a kick-start for the defensive recruiting efforts for the 2019 class.
Sweat’s commitment bucked a trend from the 2018 class. Texas didn’t sign a single defensive lineman during the early period before rallying late to sign a handful of elite prospects like Keondre Coburn and Joseph Ossai. Defensive line coach Oscar Giles wanted an early win to set the tone and the 6-3, 250-pound Sweat provides upside, athleticism, strength and position versatility.
“I feel like I can play in multiple positions. It doesn’t matter to me if I’m on the field and contributing to the team,” Sweat said. “I wanted to stay in the state, so why not graduate from Texas?”
The Longhorns hope to sign five defensive linemen in 2019 and Sweat gives Texas a big-bodied lineman who can play either defensive end position and rush the passer off the edge. He’s a two-time all-district selection who picked up offers from Alabama and Oklahoma within a month of picking Texas.
At what age did you fall in love with football?
I started playing flag around 5 years old and then got into tackle football two years later. I’d say around middle school it became something I knew I was good at, and then I hit a growth spurt in ninth grade.
What made Texas your choice?
It was my best choice. I told myself when I was younger that I wanted to stay in Texas and I made a great connection with coach (Oscar) Giles and coach (Tom) Herman. My connection with my future coach was important.
What are your goals as a senior?
I need to get bigger and stay in the weight room. I also need to get faster and improve my first step off the ball. Our goal as a team is to make it to state as seniors.
What was most important to you as a recruit?
The connection between myself and the position coach. I know Texas is going places and I wanted to be part of it and win a championship.
What were your initial thoughts of Tom Herman?
I was in awe.
Where do you see yourself playing at Texas?
Anywhere they want me to play on the defense.
What artist would you most like to see live?
Favorite video game?
Favorite athlete of all-time?
Kevin Durant. He’s one of the reasons I chose Texas.
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