LB's Davide Reese, Jeffrey McCulloch and Dontavious Jackson Eye Texas

In 2015, Charlie Strong landed what might turn out to be one of the better linebacker units Texas fans have witnessed in some time. The Longhorns landed five linebackers in last year's class and are looking for more in 2016.

The 2015 recruiting class for the Texas Longhorns included Malik Jefferson, Cameron Townsend, Breckyn Hager, Cecil Cherry and Anthony Wheeler.  Cherry has since moved on from the program, but the future is bright with the linebacker unit. 

 

Demarco Boyd

Class 2016

Texas Verbal Commitment

Gilmer (Texas)

6-foot, 215-Pounds

Three-Star

 

Inside the Numbers

 

Position Rank No 51

Midland OLB Rank No 9

Texas OLB Rank No 8

 

Scout.com Take

 

Boyd is a linebacker who has been used along the defensive front in the past but had more of a breakout season in 2015 sniffing plays out. He took home defensive MVP honors at the state championship game, racking up plays behind the line of scrimmage. A bit undersized, Boyd is a hard-nosed player who just seems to make the plays when you need them. He is a good football player who thinks and reacts quickly and has good closing speed. – Powers

 

David Reese

Class 2016

Michigan Verbal Commitment

Farmington (MI)

6-foot-1, 235-Pounds

Three-Star

 

Inside the Numbers

 

Position Rank No 10

Midwest ILB Rank No 2

Michigan ILB Rank No 1

 

Scout.com Take

 

Physical kid who has been consistently productive throughout his high school career. Likes contact, plays physically and takes on blocks with good leverage and uses his hands to shed. Understands timing and how to shoot gaps. Good on the blitz. Has improved speed and agility, but can continue to work in those areas. Has improved greatly in pass coverage as well. - Allen Trieu

 

Reese will trip to Texas for an official visit very soon with a couple other players from Michigan.  Texas fans need to keep a close watch on David Reese.

 

Dontavious Jackson

Class 2016

Houston (Texas)

Alief Elsik H.S.

6-foot-1, 238-Pounds

Four-Star

 

Inside the Numbers

 

Overall Rank No 77

Position Rank No 4

Midland ILB Rank No 1

Texas ILB Rank No 1

 

Scout.com Take

 

Jackson is a true middle linebacker and brings to the table the skills you are looking for at the position. He's a pretty physical player and has good size to stand up to down to down punishment in the middle of a defense. He diagnoses the play quickly and is tough to block. He gets downhill quickly, showing great vertical quickness to get to ball carriers. He is at his best against the run. He runs through tackles and is a sure finisher. – GP

 

Jeffrey McCulloch

Class 2016

Houston (Texas)

Davis H.S.

6-foot-2, 225-Pounds

Four-Star

 

Inside the Numbers

 

Overall Rank No 65

Position Rank No 3

Midland OLB Rank No 1

Texas OLB Rank No 1

 

Scout.com Take

 

McCulloch has plus size and runs well for a linebacker. He is versatile and could probably play inside or outside, but excels on the edge of the defense in high school. He is very good at shedding blockers and playing in traffic. He is a solid hitter, needs to work more on form tackling at times instead of trying to deliver a knockout blow, but he is not shy to contact. He has ideal size, big time athletic ability, and makes plays. - GP

 

My Take

 

The number at linebacker has always been three unless a fourth emerges who is a great player.  That is the position Texas finds themselves in today.  McCulloch and Boyd are guys that excel playing outside while Reese and Jackson excel inside.  It would be a perfect linebacker haul for Coach Brian Jean-Mary.  With Texas wanting to load up on both sides of the line of scrimmage, this will be interesting to watch unfold.  With the loss of Cecil Cherry before he ever got started Texas needs two inside backers in this class.  They have a great shot at hitting another walk-off home run at the linebacker position in 2016.  The picture will become more clear for Texas fans in the coming weeks. 


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