Only time will tell how Gentry's presence at UT will impact Texas' quarterback battle, but don't expect for it to have too big of an impact right away.
I'm not saying that Gentry doesn't have the ability to play early on. He's got the frame at 6-foot-7 and 230 pounds (his coach said he'd play around 240 as a senior), can make all the throws, and has a QB coach in Shawn Watson that has a track record of having success with young QBs.
There are simply going to be too many of them in front of him for him to be needed as soon as he steps foot in Austin.
David Ash should be a senior, as should Max Wittek assuming he enrolls this summer like we believe he will. Tyrone Swoopes should be a junior and five-star recruit Jerrod Heard will either be a redshirt freshman or sophomore.
That talent in front of him should give Gentry the ability to sit and learn for at least a season, or two, before he's asked to take meaningful snaps at UT.
Key to getting top offensive targets
The Longhorns have done an admirable job of getting three running back commitments in this class, but they lack the star power you might expect UT to bring in. That should change with Gentry on board.
Texas is still very much in contention for running backs Chris Warren, Nick Brossette (an LSU commitment), and Derrius Guice. Perhaps Gentry's presence in this class will be enough to sway them to join him?
Good players like to play with good players and Gentry is as good as it gets from a prospective standpoint as a high school QB projecting to the next level.
Having a 6-foot-7, 230-pound QB throwing the ball around should appeal greatly to Texas targets like John Burt, DaMarkus Lodge, Ryan Newsome, Kemah Siverand, and even Christian Kirk, who is from Gentry's region in Scottsdale, Arizona.
West Coast bias
Gentry is the third commitment from the West Coast under Strong. The other two, brothers Kirk Johnson (2015 RB) and Collin Johnson (2016) out of San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian, are the sons of former Longhorn Johnnie Johnson.
Could this be the start of something more for the Longhorns or just a fad as Texas' coaches gain more of a footing in the state of Texas and build those all-important relationships with the Texas high school football coaches?
I think it's going to be a combination of both. Having these three commitments on board, going to camps while talking the Longhorns up to others, is going to make some sort of impact. Tommie Robinson's time at USC should pay dividends too.
The Longhorns will also have a chance to make a statement when they play a home-and-home series with Cal (2015-16) and USC (2017-18).