Texas Recruiting Stars at Linebacker

The Texas Longhorns landed two linebackers in the class of 2016 when Jeffrey McCulloch and Demarco Boyd decided to join the Longhorn nation. Charlie Strong will look to sign three linebackers in the class of 2017.

Linebacker is an important position for the Texas Longhorns in 2017.  After taking two in 2016, the Longhorns will sign three linebackers this cycle if all goes according to plan.

 

Cast of Characters

 

Dylan Moses

6-foot-2

220-pounds

Five-Star

Bradenton (Fla)

IMG Academy

 

Where do you want Moses to play? Do you want him to score touchdowns as a running back? Do you want him to play with speed sideline to sideline at linebacker? Do you want him to rush the passer? Not many are like this young man. He does so many things at an extremely high level, and he could be a Sunday-guy on either side of the ball. He has the rare combination of size, speed, strength, athleticism, and toughness. A quick-twitch athlete.

 

Anthony Hines

6-foot-3

235-pounds

Five-Star

Plano (Texas)

Plano East Senior

 

Hines is a prospect who brings a lot of the qualities to the table that you are looking for in a top-tier linebacker prospect. He can play sideline-to-sideline, and he will also deliver booming hits. He is a versatile prospect who could play middle linebacker or outside linebacker once he arrives in college and it is that scheme versatility that has helped him secure one of the nation's most elite offer lists. He is always on the football and collected crazy stats as a junior in 2015. - Greg Powers

 

 

Baron Browning

6-foot-4

230-pounds

Five-Star

Kennedale (Texas)

Kennedale

 

Browning is a big and physical presence on the field, especially intimidating at the linebacker position where you just do not see many guys with his size playing standing up. He missed much of his sophomore season but bounced back with a strong junior year that saw him pile up a ton of honors and accolades. He moves all around the Kennedale defense. He will play up on the line of scrimmage as an edge rusher, and he will move to the middle to stop the run. He shows a high acumen for playing against the pass, which is rare for a linebacker with his size. Could play a range of positions: outside linebacker, middle backer or defensive end. - Greg Powers

 

 

Levi Jones

6-foot-2

210-pounds

Four-Star

Austin (Texas)

Westlake

 

Jones is a player who rose through the recruit ranks powered behind a strong junior year. He made a ton of plays as Austin Westlake made a deep march into the playoffs. He is always around the football and is physically a dominant force. He forces the action, making a good amount of plays behind the line of scrimmage and shows bursts of speed in the open field allowing him to chase down plays from sideline-to-sideline. He is long and lean and has the frame to be an even more impressive specimen as he matures. The brother of Cayleb Jones, who was also a Scout 300 prospect. - Greg Powers

 

Tyler Taylor

6-foot-2

226-pounds

Four-Star

Buford (GA)

Lanier

 

Taylor has every offer in the book such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisville, Michigan State, Oklahoma and Texas.  The hometown Bulldogs could be the team to beat.  Taylor has good length, can run and can play inside or outside.  In addition to Georgia, keep an eye on Alabama and Florida.

 

Chris Allen

6-foot-4

233-pounds

Four-Star

Baton Rouge (LA)

Southern University Lab School

 

Allen has played linebacker and defensive end in high school, and he may mix them up in college too. Could be a hybrid due to his combination of size, speed, and athleticism. Plays hard and with a lot of fire. Can crash down and make the hit against the run. When he tackles, he tackles through the opponent. A true jumbo-athlete that could be a big tight end as well. Still raw, but has a lot to like. 

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