2017 National Signing Day Spotlight: Texas Longhorns Early Enrollee QB Sam Ehlinger

Former Austin Westlake QB Sam Ehlinger enrolled early and is going through his first offseason conditioning with the Longhorns.

Early enrollee Sam Ehlinger adds needed depth to the Texas Longhorns quarterback room. Ehlinger will go through his first college practices with the Longhorns this spring.

Inside the Numbers 

Class: 2017
Position: Quarterback
Star Rating: 4-Star
Height, Weight: 6-foot-1.5, 215-pounds
High School: Westlake (Texas)
Scout.com National Rank: No. 130
Position Rank: No. 8
Midland QB Rank: No. 2
Texas QB Rank: No. 2

Scout.com Analysis 

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 dangerous runner when play breaks down. - Gabe Brooks, Scout.com Midlands Recruiting Analyst.
Strengths
Accuracy
Consistency
Field vision
Poise and leadership
Areas to Improve
Injury history
Size

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: Despite a senior campaign that saw him suffer multiple injuries that cost him several games, Ehlinger finished his career at Texas Class 6A-leve Austin Westlake with 9,233 total yards of offense and 113 total touchdowns. He threw for 6,973 yards, 81 TD's, and only 13 interceptions, while rushing for 2,260 yards and 32 TD's on 5.1 yards per carry.

2016: An injury-riddled senior season for Ehlinger ended with him accounting for 1,018 yards in limited action. He threw for 840 yards, seven touchdowns, and two INT's, while rushing for 178 yards and three scores.

2015: 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 1,360 yards and 20 touchdowns to give him 5,193 total yards of offense and 70 total touchdowns.

2014: As a sophomore, Ehlinger threw for 2,300 yards, 24 touchdowns, and six interceptions, while rushing for 722 yards and nine touchdowns on 5.3 yards per carry.

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