English is shorter than any defensive tackle the Longhorns have offered in recent years, standing at about 5-foot-10. But he is also powerful and active, the District 7-5A Co-Defensive Sophomore of the Year. Despite his measureables, English projects as one of the top defensive tackles in the in-state Class of 2015, maybe a bit behind guys like Daylon Mack of Gladewater and Devonte Lampkin of Cypress Falls. But English plays with great pad level, as you'd expect for a shorter player, and impacts the game on a play-by-play basis with his motor and get-off.
But Texas wasn't able to land any defensive tackles in a stacked Class of 2013, and the Longhorns have fallen short on guys like Nederland's DeShawn Washington in the Class of 2014, an in-state crop that is light on tackles (Texas does have a great shot at Trey Lealaimatafao).
That means that the Longhorns will likely have to take several defensive tackles in the Class of 2015, and English represents not just a talented option, but one that Texas had the ability to lock up quickly. As Bruce Chambers's godson, there wasn't any doubt that English would say yes to a Texas offer.
Linemen are always some of the most interesting players to watch develop over their last couple of years, and even if English doesn't grow, he still has the skill set to be a nice find for the Longhorns.
At more than 290 pounds right now, he doesn't have to grow to have the kind of quality weight that he'll need to hold up in the trenches. But if he can grow a few inches, he should wind up as one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the in-state class.