Commitment Analysis: Jacorey Warrick

Jacorey Warrick spurns a debate almost every time you see him on film. No, it's not whether or not he's a great player. That much is obvious. But instead, it's whether he's an elite player at wide receiver, or cornerback. And the answer, simply, is yes.

At wide receiver, Warrick is the top slot in the in-state class, somebody with the elusiveness to shake free and the speed to take it to the house. For Cypress Falls, Warrick actually plays on the outside, and he does an outstanding job there because he has the jets to stretch the defense vertically. In fact, typically he receives enough cushion that when he does run an out route, he gets tremendous separation and gains extra yards after the catch. On double moves, he leaves defenders grasping for air, and is often past them before they even realize he's gone again.

All of those are great traits for a slot receiver to have. He gets in-and-out of his breaks so well that you can see him creating separation on shorter to mid-range routes. And he also shows the ability to do some things that Texas will ask him to do, like running jet sweeps and testing the defense down the seams. Double moves are almost unfair, but Warrick is fast enough that he often gets open on a straight go-route, without any fakes or speed shifts. And he catches the ball with his hands well, plucking it out of the air.

As with any player of Warrick's tremendous ability, you hate to take the ball out of his hands. But as with players like Mykkele Thompson or Orlando Thomas, Texas could eventually try him at on defense. He could be an elite player there, somebody with decent size, extremely loose hips and blazing speed.

But don't expect him to get there. Texas took Warrick as a slot receiver, and his arrival on campus with coincide perfectly with the departure of current pint-sized speed threat Marquise Goodwin. While few players have Goodwin's pure speed, Warrick is certainly fast enough, and he's bigger than Goodwin, along with being a better pure receiver than Goodwin was coming out of high school.

So the Texas offense Sunday gained a big-play threat, somebody who can stretch the field in multiple phases of the game and somebody who, if the chips were down, could move to the other side of the ball. In a smaller recruiting class, he's a tremendous take, especially when paired with outside receivers Jake Oliver and Ricky Seals-Jones.


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