Sam Ehlinger Talks Texas Longhorns

Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns are off to a blistering start in 2017 with commitments from Lagaryonn Carson, Major Tennison, Sam Ehlinger and Damion Miller.

Carson is a five-star defensive end, Ehlinger a four-star quarterback, Miller a four-star wide receiver and three-star tight end Major Tennison was recently offered by Alabama and Georgia respectively.

Sam Ehlinger is the No 7 ranked quarterback in the country, and No 2 in the state of Texas behind the No 1 ranked signal caller in Texas and No 2 ranked in the country Shawn Robinson. 

Inside the Numbers Robinson vs. Ehlinger

As a junior, Robinson accounted for 3,152 total yards of offense and 29 touchdowns. Robinson threw for 1,474 yards, 11 touchdowns, and eight interceptions while rushing for 1,678 yards and 18 scores on 9.1 yards per carry as he led Guyer to a 10-4 record and state quarterfinal appearance in Texas' second-largest of 10 playoff divisions (6A D-II).  Robinson checks in at 6-foot-2, 205-pounds.

Ehlinger led Austin Westlake to a 14-2 record and the Texas Class 6A Division I state championship game, where Westlake fell in overtime to Galena Park North Shore. Ehlinger finished the season with 3,833 passing yards, 50 touchdown throws, and only five interceptions. He also ran for 1,358 yards and 20 touchdowns to give him 5,191 total yards of offense and 70 total touchdowns.  Ehlinger checks in at 6-foot-1 ½ and 215-pounds.

The future Texas quarterback is working hard for the opportunity of earning that fifth star.

“Lately, I have been increasing my accuracy in the pocket,” Sam Ehlinger said. “I have also been working on max speed and acceleration as well as quickness. I want to improve my sense of defenses because at the next level I have to know where everyone is going on the snap of the ball. I want to be able to see the whole defense the whole time and know exactly what they're doing pre-snap.”

Ehlinger and his Westlake teammates fell short in 2015, but they are poised for another run in 2016. While he has one more year of high school football, the thought of being part of the Longhorn Nation is what it’s all about for the local standout.

“The most exciting part is that we are on the rise,” Ehlinger said.  “It's always fun surprising people and being great. I also love being a part of Longhorn nation because of how large the fan base is and how great they treat the athletes.”

The key to recruiting is relationships, and that’s exactly what Sam Ehlinger is building with the Texas coaching staff. 

“My relationship with the coaches at this point is awesome, I'm getting passed the getting to know them part and now becoming part of them which is very exciting,” Ehlinger said.  “I live in Austin, so I go over there every chance I get.”

Charlie Strong landed the top-ranked class in the Big 12 the past two seasons.  Might this be the year they break into that top spot overall?  Ehlinger has an idea how he will describe National Signing Day 2017. 

“One phrase to describe it will be National Championship,” Ehlinger said.

Scout.com Take

Ehlinger is a consistent and productive quarterback in Texas HS football's largest class who projects to the high-major level. Best trait = accuracy. Consistently hits receivers in right spots, especially on short/intermediate routes. Great touch/accuracy on downfield patterns outside numbers. Quick release. Good velocity. Commands his offense as obvious alpha. Lacks ideal size. Athletic enough to be a dangerous runner when the play breaks down.-Brooks.

Things you want in a five-star quarterback, in my opinion, would be accuracy, consistency, field vision, poise, and leadership.  Sam Ehlinger has each and every single one of those qualities. 


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