When players miss their senior years to injury, they tend to become some of the more difficult players to rank. Some players, who have poor senior years, fall behind them. Others, who have great senior years, might jump them in the rankings. And in the case of a guy like Texas signee Jacorey Warrick, missing his senior year seemed to cause a lot of people to forget about his significant talent level.
Warrick is a pure slot receiver at 5-foot-10, with the kind of looseness in his hips that could eventually lead to a move to cornerback. Warrick was starting to emerge as a wideout his junior year, catching 43 passes for 850 yards (19.8 yards per catch) and 11 touchdowns and generally playing an all-around pest in space.
And that's where Warrick projects best at the next level. One of the parts of Texas's "new" uptempo offense is that the Longhorns will try to get the ball in the hands of their speed in space. And Warrick certainly qualifies — despite his 4.62 40-yard dash time he ran at The Opening, one of the first things you notice on film is his ability to separate with his deep speed. When that is added to his elusiveness and ability to make people miss in a phone booth, Warrick would appear to be an outstanding weapon worth utilizing on everything from bubble screens to jet sweeps.
It's unfortunate in that respect that we didn't get to see him as a senior. With more experience, and more time spent polishing up his route-running, Warrick could have emerged as one of the state's top weapons this past season. Instead, we're left with a roll of tantalizing junior tape and the hopes of what could be.