DE Zachary Gilson made an unofficial visit as Texas hosted UTEP on Saturday

Standout defensive end Zachary Gilson made an unofficial visit to Austin this past weekend as the Texas Longhorns hosted UTEP.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound defensive end came away impressed with the Texas Longhorns Saturday night. Zachary Gilson is from Sachse (Texas)


“I got to speak with Coach [Brick] Haley and coach Wilson, and they were very inviting as usual, and they were very friendly,” Zachary Gilson said. “The atmosphere is something else. I was very impressed with how loyal the fans are and on the way back to my car they were chanting the whole way. They are incredible fans. I knew what was coming when I got there, so it was no surprise how great Texas is to everyone that shows up. They also started a little slow but decided that UTEP wasn't on their level and showed them who owned the stadium. The Longhorns are a for sure on my list of colleges I'd love to go to.”


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The first thing that stands out is his long frame at 6-foot-5, 220-pounds.  Gilson has good speed off the edge and loves getting after the quarterback.  He is long and lean with a quick first step and causes problems for bigger offensive tackles.  Gilson will need to continue getting stronger but has a nose for the football.  In time, as he fills out his frame, Gilson could become a terror off the edge.

Gilson checks in from the class of 2018.

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