With the announcements Friday by 4-star CBs Kris Boyd of Gilmer and Holton Hill of Houston Lamar – both Scout 100 players (Boyd is No. 41 and Hill No. 60) – the Longhorns have their first Scout 100 players at corner since Aaron Williams (Scout’s No. 31 prospect nationally in 2008).
The 2014 recruiting class in the state of Texas was loaded with top defensive backs. And the Longhorns didn’t get any of them. Not Tony Brown (Alabama), Jamal Adams (LSU), Dylan Summer-Gardner (Boise St.), Edward Paris (LSU) or Nick Harvey (Texas A&M).
But that drought ended on Friday, when Charlie Strong and the Longhorns got commitments from the two cornerbacks I consider the best in the state of Texas: Holton Hill of Houston Lamar and Kris Boyd of Gilmer.
Securing those commitments took on added meaning, considering Texas A&M had been working overtime to get Hill and Boyd (the two took their official visits to College Station last weekend, and Boyd tweeted a bunch of photos glowing about the trip).
But with Boyd and Hill pledging their commitment to Texas, they might remind Longhorns’ fans of Aaron Williams in different ways, in my opinion.
With 4.48 speed in the 40, Boyd (5-11, 180) has the same kind of wheels as Williams (4.47). And at 6-foot-2, Hill is even longer than Williams, a 6-footer with long arms.
In my opinion, Hill is the best cornerback in the state because of his length, fluidity, ball skills and willingness to play physical.
I think Hill is more complete than 5-star Alabama commit CB Kendall Sheffield, who has great size (6-0, 180) and speed (4.37) but hasn’t shown the willingness to play as physical as Hill.
And how can you argue with Hill’s 12 interceptions and 12 pass breakups as a senior at Houston Lamar, which is half-insane. Hill plays the ball well in the air, has good hands and has shown he’ll be a physical corner in man coverage.
Check, check, check.
I like Boyd because he’s got all the tools, and he’s got the nasty, dog in him, which Texas sorely needs in the secondary with the departure of Quandre Diggs.
Add 6-foot-2 corner Davante Davis of Miami (Fla) Booker T. Washington, who is already committed to Texas, and Charlie Strong, defensive coordinator Vance Bedford and DBs coach Chris Vaughn are getting exactly what they want at corner: tall, fast, physical guys who can man up with big receivers like Baylor’s Jay Lee (6-foot-3) and TCU’s Josh Doctson (6-foot-4), get their hands on them and reroute them.
That’s one of Texas’ essentials for beating the spread attacks in the Big 12.
Combine Hill, Boyd and Davis with safety commitments DeShon Elliott and Jamile Johnson with up-and-coming sophomore safety Jason Hall as well as redshirts John Bonney and Jermaine Roberts, and suddenly Texas has some good competition in the secondary.
The fact Charlie Strong and his staff beat out Texas A&M to get Boyd and Hill, should not be lost, either.
Strong and Co. are now undoubtedly hoping that fact isn’t lost on a player like 5-star DT Daylon Mack, who has to like the defensive class Texas is putting together with studs like 5-star LB Malik Jefferson, 4-star LB Anthony Wheeler and DT Du’Vonta Lampkin.
The Longhorns get a much-needed boost in recruiting momentum heading into the weekend before National Signing Day.
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