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

02/05/2014 6:35 PM

11/12/2014 3:51 PM

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.

Name Pos. Ht./Wt. School
Alex Anderson OG 6-5/310 New Orleans Walker
Andrew Beck LB 6-3/230 Tampa (Fla.) Plant
Roderick Bernard WR 5-10/175 Houston Sharpstown
John Bonney DB 6-1/183 Houston Lamar
Donald Catalon RB 6-0/200 Houston Eisenhower
Terrell Cuney OL 6-3/260 Jasper
Poona Ford DT 6-1/288 Hilton Head (S.C.)
Armanti Foreman WR 6-0/180 Texas City
D’Onta Foreman RB 6-2/215 Texas City
Edwin Freeman S 6-1/215 Arlington Bowie
Garrett Gray WR 6-4/211 Marble Falls
Jason Hall DB 6-2/190 South Grand Prairie
Cameron Hampton LB 6-0/201 Dallas Carter
Jerrod Heard QB 6-2/190 Denton Guyer
Lorenzo Joe WR 6-2/192 Abilene Cooper
Dorian Leonard WR 6-4/200 Longview
Jake McMillon DT 6-3/240 Abilene
Chris Nelson DT 6-3/280 Lakeland (Fla.) Victory Christian
Derick Roberson DE 6-4/235 San Antonio Brennan
Jermaine Roberts DB 5-9/170 New Orleans St. Augustine
Elijah Rodriguez OL 6-6/280 Houston Cypress Creek
Kevin Shorter RB 6-0/188 Newton
Blake Whiteley TE 6-5/245 Arizona Western CC

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