Dual-threat QB could push for immediate playing time at Texas

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Players signed: 23

Tarrant-area signees: 2

Offense: The Longhorns landed a dual-threat quarterback who could push for immediate playing time in Jerrod Heard (6-foot-2, 190 pounds), who led Denton Guyer to consecutive Class 4A state titles in 2012 and 2013. Texas replenished at receiver with two upsized targets (Garrett Gray, Dorian Leonard) and game-breaker Armanti Foreman, who averaged 20.5 yards per catch and scored 32 TDs in his high school career. RB Kevin Shorter (6-0, 188) is a threat as a rusher, receiver or kick returner and JC transfer Blake Whiteley could be a plug-in starter at tight end. But the class includes only three OL.

Defense: A pair of signing-day additions at DT from other states (Poona Ford, Chris Nelson) enhanced a need position and helped Texas absorb the hit from three DTs who switched to other schools after first-year coach Charlie Strong replaced predecessor Mack Brown in January. Texas landed a proven playmaker in safety Edwin Freeman (7.5 sacks, 12 TFLs last season at Arlington Bowie) as well as other ball hawks for the secondary. The pass rush should benefit from Derick Roberson, a three-time all-state player and the 2013 Class 4A Defensive Player of the Year.

Immediate Impact: DE Derick Roberson. The departure of Jackson Jeffcoat, a 2013 consensus All-American who collected 27.5 sacks in four college seasons, creates the need for an impact pass rusher. Roberson, who had 20 sacks and 39 TFLs as a high school senior, has the credentials to fill that void.

NamePos.Ht./Wt.School
Alex AndersonOG6-5/310New Orleans Walker
Andrew BeckLB6-3/230Tampa (Fla.) Plant
Roderick BernardWR5-10/175Houston Sharpstown
John BonneyDB6-1/183Houston Lamar
Donald CatalonRB6-0/200Houston Eisenhower
Terrell CuneyOL6-3/260Jasper
Poona FordDT6-1/288Hilton Head (S.C.)
Armanti ForemanWR6-0/180Texas City
D’Onta ForemanRB6-2/215Texas City
Edwin FreemanS6-1/215Arlington Bowie
Garrett GrayWR6-4/211Marble Falls
Jason HallDB6-2/190South Grand Prairie
Cameron HamptonLB6-0/201Dallas Carter
Jerrod HeardQB6-2/190Denton Guyer
Lorenzo JoeWR6-2/192Abilene Cooper
Dorian LeonardWR6-4/200Longview
Jake McMillonDT6-3/240Abilene
Chris NelsonDT6-3/280Lakeland (Fla.) Victory Christian
Derick RobersonDE6-4/235San Antonio Brennan
Jermaine RobertsDB5-9/170New Orleans St. Augustine
Elijah RodriguezOL6-6/280Houston Cypress Creek
Kevin ShorterRB6-0/188Newton
Blake WhiteleyTE6-5/245Arizona Western CC

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