Lately, the Longhorns have been grabbing linebackers and converting them to fullbacks. But in Fort Worth All Saints running back Daniel Gresham, who committed to the Longhorns Tuesday, Texas may have landed a player with more natural inclinations to the position.
"Texas is a big offer," Gresham said. "As soon as I got it, I knew I couldn't pass it up. I called Coach [Major] Applewhite today and told him I want to be a Longhorn."
When Gresham joins the Texas backfield, Scout.com and FoxSportsNext Midlands recruiting analyst Erin Hartigan said it will be as a fullback.
"I think at the end of the day, he's a fullback," Hartigan said. "The best way to describe him as a player is that he's built like a brick house, and he's a bruiser. He's a guy who will run through a wall, so I think just with his frame and his size, he's going to end up at fullback.
"I don't know if he's going to have the speed that the other running backs have at Texas," Hartigan said. "But he definitely has the power and strength of a fullback to make an impact in Texas's offense."
But don't throw the linebacker connection away too quickly: Gresham also told Hartigan that Texas is also considering him at middle linebacker. He will play both positions for All Saints this season.
Gresham also touched on the commitment status of teammate Demetrius Knox, arguably the top offensive tackle in the state for 2014, and the recipient of another early offer from the Longhorns.
"Meech (Knox's nickname) and I plan on playing together in college, so he'll most likely end up at Texas with me, but he's gonna wait it out," Gresham said. "[I] think he wants to take some visits first."