Texas Signing Class: Erik Huhn

LonghornDigest.com breaks down each member of the Texas 2013 signing class.

Erik Huhn is another player whose value might have diminished because of a season-ending injury in the first game of his senior year. I've joked with him that he was on the verge of the single greatest season ever, because on the first play, he made a tackle for loss, and on the second, he intercepted the ball, blowing out his ACL when he landed. Two plays, two major impact plays.

The fact that he didn't have a senior year likely hurt his overall ranking — Scout.com is the only site to have him as a four-star, which is a ranking that was formed by us seeing him, I'm confident, more times than anybody else. That includes seeing him in 7-on-7 and in padded practice prior to his senior season, so there was some evaluation time in there.

I first saw Huhn as a sophomore at Cibolo Steele, and he's continued to grow since then to 6-foot-3 and right around 200 pounds (he was 205 before the injury). He also ran one of the faster 40 times on a very good Steele team and clocked a 4.47 40-yard dash at the Texas camp. It's at that camp that the Longhorns elected to offer Huhn because he showed the smoothness to stick in man coverage (he played mostly centerfield at Steele).

But Huhn's physicality and his frame that seems wide open for more weight could seem to indicate a move into the box as a linebacker, and that's a move that Huhn has said he's open to if it happens. He reminds me a bit of former Oklahoma safety Nic Harris, who played both safety and linebacker during his time at OU.

Huhn is arguably the hardest hitter in the Texas class, somebody who isn't afraid to come downhill and absolutely blister a ball-carrier. He emerged as one of the state's top safeties as a junior (making our all-state team), and was set to take that to another level as a senior, potentially passing Kameron Miles as the state's top player at that position. And he'll still have that potential after he comes back from his injury. Whether he's at safety or down at linebacker, Huhn figures to be an outstanding locker room guy and leader that will excel in the Texas program.

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