"I was so excited when I heard they were going to offer and wanted me to come down to their Junior Day," said Earnest who clocked a 4.62 and a 4.59 (40-time) at the LSU camp last year. "I had already decided that Texas was where I wanted to go long before I committed to Texas this past weekend."
The 6-2.5, 217-pounder said several other teams were coming on very strong -- Texas Tech (offer), Baylor, Texas A&M and Oklahoma sending tons of mail -- but that he had grown up rooting for the Burnt Orange since he was a kid, and that picking UT was a "really easy, easy decision."
Asked if he got the opportunity to meet with Texas Co-DC/LB coach Gene Chizik, Earnest said, "One of the things Coach Chizik said is he looks more for speed than size.
That hit home with the ‘backer who is projected to play on the outside (WILL, possibly SAM) when he arrives on the Forty Acres, but speed appears to be one of the attributes Earnest has going rather well for him given his reported (LSU camp) 4.59/4.62-forty time and (Texarkana HS) reported 4.18 short shuttle time. Still, one of the top outside ‘backer prospects in the Southwest region sees room for improvement in the wheels department…
"I'd like to improve my speed," Earnest said. "And, I'd like to learn more about reading offenses (on the next level)."
One thing crystal clear about this kid is he has an excellent work ethic and ton of drive, evidenced above in his comments and in the weight room.
Not only does he have an infatuation for pumping iron but Earnest enjoys competing in Power-lifting and is one of the stronger kids in his weight class…
"I'm going to another power-lifting competition this weekend and I should hit 300, again, on my bench," he said. "And, I think I'll get 500 on my squat. My dead-lift was 570 last meet, but I'm shooting for 600 this weekend."
The multi-sport athlete also competes on the Texarkana track and field team…
"Last year, in the discus, I won all-district (145' personal best)," Earnest said of his track-and-field accomplishments.
While mentioning his work ethic as an athlete, we'd be remiss if we failed to point out his desire to knock it out of the park in the classroom, as well.
Academics: 3.85 GPA, 26 ACT (on his first-and-only attempt).
Junior Season Stats: 163 tackles (95 solo), 11 TFL, 5 sacks, 4-5 PBUs and as a running back in Texarkana's Jumbo package/Red Zone offense, 11 carries, 45 yards, 4 TDs.