Texas NSD1 Recap: Defense

Here is a recap of everyone on defense who has officially signed with The University of Texas. You can check out our NSD1 offense roundup, here. We will be updating this list as new names come in.

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Defensive Line

Jaray Bledsoe, Four-Star

A consensus top 150 player in the country, Bledsoe has been committed to the University of Texas since late August. At 6’4” and 270 pounds, Bledsoe is a good fit to play on the end of this defensive line.

If the current Texas defensive linemen don’t develop as expected, look for Bledsoe to play meaningful snaps in the 2022 season.

Kristopher Ross, Four-Star

At 6’3” and 280 pounds, Kristopher Ross has the ability to beef up and play inside or stay at his current weight and play mostly on the ends. A top 300 player, Ross shined as a penetrating defensive tackle at North Shore Highschool in Houston Texas.

Aaron Bryant, Four-Star

The biggest addition to this defensive recruiting class, Aaron Bryant comes in at 6’4” and 306 pounds. From Southaven Mississippi, Bryant projects as a space-eater in the middle of this defense.

Edge Defender

J’mond Tapp, Four-Star

J’mond Tapp is a perfect fit for this Pete Kwiatkowski defense as an outside linebacker. His physical strength and ability to shed blockers will be a welcomed addition for the Longhorns run defense.

Tapp could be a seamless replacement for Ovie Oghoufo in 2023 on the edge.

Justice Finkley, Four-Star

Another powerful athlete on the edge, Justice Finkley was pulled out of Trussville Alabama by Pete Kwiatkowski. Finkley has credited the University of Texas’ medical school for being a major reason as to why he chose the Forty Acres as his next home.

Justice Finkley is an incredible athlete that uses power to win as a pass rusher. Finkley could find playing time at either outside linebacker spot when he finally earns his minutes.

Derrick Brown, Four-Star

Derrick Brown has been the Longhorns number one recruiter this off-season. He is consistently keeping in-touch with Texas targets and has become semi-famous for his Instagram live sessions.

On the field, Brown is listed as an edge defender and pass rusher. With Texas not bringing in many off-ball linebackers I wouldn’t be surprised to see Derrick Brown get some time as a “Mike” or “Will” in this defense.

Zac Swanson, Four-Star

At 6’4” and 255 pounds, Zac Swanson is a hybrid defensive lineman/outside linebacker currently. Swanson can add weight and take snaps as an end in this Pete Kwiatkowski defense or he can improve his agility and shed a few pounds to work as an outside linebacker.

Swanson may not see the field in 2022, but serves as a great chess piece for the future of this Longhorns defense.

Ethan Burke, Three-Star

A very late addition to this recruiting class, Ethan Burke committed to Michigan earlier this month. A homegrown Austin Westlake Highschool athlete, Burke also plays lacrosse. At 6’7” and 225 pounds, Burke will need to add mass and strength before playing on the edges, but could prove to be an incredible chess piece at his size with his athleticism.

Linebacker

Trevell Johnson, Three-Star

The only off-ball linebacker listed in this 2022 Texas recruiting class, Trevell Johnson is a high motor “Will” linebacker. At 6’1” and 200 pounds, Johnson will have to prove he can be a consistent disruptive presence in the running game. Johnson is a heat seeking missile as a tackler.

Johnson will be at worst a core special teamer, but has the potential to be a starter for the Longhorns in the future.

Defensive Backfield

Terrance Brooks

Maybe one of the biggest flips in this Longhorns recruiting class, Terrance Brooks is an elite defensive back. An Ohio State commit since June, Brooks provided one of the biggest stunners this cycle when he flipped to the Longhorns this morning. A consensus top 50 recruit, Brooks possesses the talent to contribute immediately on the Forty Acres.

Bryan Allen Jr., Four-Star

Bryan Allen gives Texas an uber-athletic safety who isn’t afraid to hit. Standing 6’0” and weighing 185 pounds, Allen is a candidate to play in the slot as well. Allen has been committed to Texas since February and could prove to be a leader in this young locker room.

Jaylon Guilbeau, Four-Star

A physical defender, Jaylon Guilbeau consistently disrupts receivers on their routes. At 5’11” and 175 pounds, Guilbeau isn’t the biggest corner but whatever he lacks in size he makes up for with his mentality and instincts.

Jaylon Guilbeau is another candidate to push for playing time in 2022. He has the potential to play any position in the defensive backfield as well.

Austin Jordan, Four-Star

A consensus top 300 player, Austin Jordan is a defensive back out of Ryan Highschool in Denton Texas. Like all of the other defensive backs recruited this cycle, Jordan has the ability to play all over the secondary.

Closing

With the massive additions to the defensive line and edge defender group, you can tell that Steve Sarkisian and Pete Kwiatkowski determined they needed to improve the trenches. Bo Davis and Terry Joesph both had great recruiting cycles for the Longhorns. Around The Block — Longhorns offensive NSD1 roundup can be found here, so check it out as well for an in-depth look at the offensive side of this class. As always, Hook’em.


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