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Texas signings: Class heavy with defensive playmakers

Under Armour All-American linebacker Malik Jefferson of Mesquite Poteet is expected to contribute immediately for the Longhorns.
Under Armour All-American linebacker Malik Jefferson of Mesquite Poteet is expected to contribute immediately for the Longhorns. AP

Offense: The Longhorns landed a dual-threat quarterback who could push for immediate playing time in Kai Locksley (6-foot-3, 188 pounds), who flipped Monday from Florida State. That plugged a glaring hole created by the January defection of QB Zach Gentry, a longtime Texas commit who opted for Michigan. An OL in need of help has plenty of candidates. Four will take part in spring drills (Brandon Hodges, Tristan Nickelson, Garrett Thomas, Connor Williams). Patrick Vahe, a Euless Trinity product, arrives in the fall. Texas’ out-of-state signees also include WR John Burt (Florida), RB Kirk Johnson (California), WR Gilbert Johnson (Georgia) and TE Devonaire Clarington (Florida).

Defense: This class is heavy with defensive playmakers and led by LB Malik Jefferson, a five-star signee (per Rivals.com) from Mesquite Poteet who enrolled in January. Texas also landed a notable LB from Florida (Cecil Cherry), two heralded CBs from Texas (Kris Boyd, Holton Hill) and a potential impact pass rusher in DE Quincy Vasser, a JC transfer who will participate in spring drills. Although shy on DTs, a position of need, Jefferson’s fellow LBs include Brecklyn Hager, son of UT’s career leader in tackles (Britt Hager), and Anthony Wheeler, a speedy playmaker from Dallas Skyline.

Immediate impact: Jefferson. The five-star signee will go through spring drills at a position of need. He received the high school Butkus Award and earned first-team All-USA honors from USA Today last season. His eye-catching career stats in high school included 283 tackles, 48 tackles for loss, 30 sacks, 12 forced fumbles and 16 blocked kicks.

Name

Pos.

School

Kris Boyd

DB

Gilmer

John Burt

WR

Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln

Cecil Cherry

LB

Lakeland (Fla.) Victory Christian

Devonaire Clarington

TE

Miami Washington

Davante Davis

DB

Miami Washington

DeShon Elliott

DB

Rockwall Heath

Brecklyn Hager

LB

Austin Westlake

Holton Hill

DB

Houston Lamar

Brandon Hodges

OL

East Mississippi CC

Tristian Houston

RB

Galena Park North Shore

Malik Jefferson

LB

Mesquite Poteet

Gilbert Johnson

WR

Atlanta Georgia Prep

Kirk Johnson

RB

San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian

Du’Vonta Lampkin

DT

Houston Cypress Falls

P.J. Locke

DB

Beaumont Central

Kai Locksley

QB

Baltimore Gillman

Ronnie Major

OL

Huntsville

DeAndre McNeal

ATH

Mesquite Poteet

Ryan Newsome

WR

Aledo

Tristan Nickelson

OL

Navarro CC

Charles Omenihu

DE

Rowlett

Garrett Thomas

OL

Many (La.)

Cameron Townsend

LB

Missouri City Ridge Point

Patrick Vahe

OL

Euless Trinity

Quincy Vasser

DE

Navarro CC

Chris Warren III

RB

Rockwall

Anthony Wheeler

LB

Dallas Skyline

Connor Williams

OL

Coppell

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