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The Dotted Line: Grading Texas’ 2020 offensive class after the early period

Posted December 20th, 2019

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Ten of Texas’ 17 signees in the early signing period of the 2020 recruiting class play offense. The Longhorns landed a player for each role, with eight of the 10 ranking as four stars or higher. Five-star Bijan Robinson headlines the group.

Here is an overview and grades for each position group:

 

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Quarterbacks

Duncanville quarterback Ja’Quinden Jackson smiles after he officially signed with Texas at a ceremony at Duncanville High School Wednesday. [Mike Craven/American-Statesman]
Signed (2): Ja’Quinden Jackson (4 stars), Hudson Card (4)

The grade: A+

No program in the nation signed a better duo. Jackson and Card are elite players with athleticism and a pedigree for winning. Card led Lake Travis to the state semifinals as a junior and senior. He’s a former all-district wide receiver. The local talent will enroll early and get a head start learning an offense similar to the one he’s run at Lake Travis. 

Jackson suffered a torn ACL in Duncanville’s state semifinal win over Rockdale. It was a disappointing end to an epic career. Jackson helped rejuvenate the south Dallas program. He never lost a regular-season game. One of his two career losses in three years as a varsity starter came in last year’s Class 6A Division I state championship loss to Galena Park North Shore. 

Both quarterbacks should redshirt in 2020 and compete for the starting spot in 2021 after Sam Ehlinger has left. 

Running backs

Signed (1): Bijan Robinson (5) 

The grade: A

The time difference gave some Texans fans a scare Wednesday; Robinson, from Tucson, Ariz., was the last player to send in his national letter of intent. He’s the highest-rated running back Texas has signed since Johnathan Gray in 2012. Robinson is the second-ranked running back in the country. He rushed for more than 5,000 yards in his high school career. 

The 6-foot, 200-pound five-star chose Texas over Ohio State and other programs that have had more recent success than the Longhorns. His close relationship with UT assistant coach Stan Drayton and the city of Austin clinched it for Texas. He’ll immediately contribute in the backfield and could allow Jordan Whittington to move back to slot receiver. 

Wide receivers

Signed (2): Troy Omeire (4), Dajon Harrison (3)

The grade: B

Texas lost its top-ranked wide receiver commit two days before the signing period started when Temple’s Quentin Johnston flipped to TCU. He signed with the Horned Frogs on Wednesday. Omeire remains the lone four-star in the group. He’s an outside receiver at 6-3.5, 206-pounds. The Fort Bend Austin product is a freak athlete with tremendous upside. 

Harrison is an athlete destined for a future at slot receiver. Herman’s offense is built around productivity at the slot receiver. Devin Duvernay led the country in receptions and Jake Smith caught six touchdowns as a freshman from the slot. Harrison hopes to be next in line as a productive, explosive weapon. He could also help on special teams. 

Tight ends

Signed (1): Jaden Hullaby (3)  

The grade: C

We need to place Hullaby somewhere in the class and tight end seems the most appropriate even if he’s not truly a tight end. Hullaby describes his future role as a Swiss army knife-type able to line up in multiple spots. He’ll play H-back, some tight end, flex out and is capable of playing running back in short-yardage situations. The three-star doesn’t draw headlines, but he’s the type of player the Longhorns need to utilize Herman’s entire offensive playbook. 

Offensive linemen

Signed (4): Jake Majors (4), Logan Parr (4), Andrej Karic (4), Jaylen Garth (4) 

The grade: B+

Texas did a great job landing four solid players for the future. Majors and Parr plan to enroll early and both should slide inside to guard or center after prep careers spent at left tackle. Karic added 40 pounds to his frame and blossomed into a four-star prospect and ended his senior year as a member of the 2020 Fabulous 55. Garth missed his senior season with a knee injury. 

All four should redshirt. That’s how Herman handled the last two classes. A sign of a healthy program is having older players who can allow the younger guys a chance to turn potential into progress behind the scenes. Most offensive linemen aren’t ready for college football in their first year. 

 

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