Steve Sarkisian and the Texas Longhorns have had an incredible off-season. After missing a bowl game and losing to Kansas, Texas looked like a disaster. Sarkisian and the staff have flipped the narrative completely from a down program to an up-and-coming potential top ten team. Mainly with Texas’ recruiting class, which currently ranks fifth in the nation.
The trenches were clearly a main priority on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball this year because of the move to the SEC. However, the secondary was also an issue and with the Longhorns two starting safeties gone there are plenty of questions.
Enter Larry Turner-Gooden from Mission Hills, California. Turner-Gooden was reportedly leaning towards Texas since before National Signing Day One, but never officially committed or signed. Now today he has officially committed to the Forty Acres and this Texas recruiting class gets another boost.
Larry Turner-Gooden’s Impact
Larry Turner-Gooden is exactly the kind of defensive back that Pete Kwiatkowski is looking for. At 6’0” and 180 pounds, Turner-Gooden possesses the size that Coach Kwiatkowski needs from the back-end of his defense. “LTG” is also a perfect fit in this defense because of his speed, instincts, and physicality.
The Texas starting cornerbacks are probably set. With D’Shawn Jamison and Anthony Cook returning to their roles as boundary and slot cornerback, respectively. Furthermore, the addition of Ryan Watts in the transfer portal would seemingly fill the other boundary cornerback position.
That leaves safety as the biggest hole in the secondary. Both of the Longhorns starting safeties spots are wide open because of the departures of Brendan Schooler and BJ Foster. Larry Turner-Gooden could have an immediate impact on this defense if he wins a job this fall or throughout the season.
This Texas recruiting class continues to impress with seemingly high impact level players at almost every position. Longhorn Nation should be very excited about the direction of this program under Steve Sarkisian and the staff he has assembled.