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February 26, 2012

Hooked from H-Town: Longhorns get No.8

The Texas Longhorns continue their impressive run of early commitments. After picking up a commitment from one of the state's top defensive players in Deoundrei Davis on Sunday morning, the UT staff snagged a player from one of the Lone Star State's best offensive players on Sunday afternoon.

Longhorn fans, you can officially welcome versatile athlete Jacorey Warrick to the family. The Cypress Falls standout called the Texas coaches on Sunday afternoon to officially become the eighth commitment of the Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class.

"He did it about an hour ago," said Cy Falls head coach Kirk Eaton. "He went down there yesterday and wanted to see where he fit in to the program. Coach (Oscar) Giles has done a great job recruiting him. He's been up front with him.

"They initially started recruiting him as an athlete. In fact, when he went to the camp last year I think Jacorey actually put DB on the questionnaire that he filled out. He just had to go down there, see what coach (Mack) Brown, coach (Darrell) Wyatt and coach Giles thought about it.

"They discussed it yesterday and he got a great feeling from the staff. They told him they want him as a wide receiver. I think he's the slot guy they're looking for in this class."

The 5-11, 165-pound Warrick had an idea that he'd likely put an early end to the recruiting process. He and his father spoke to his coaches last week and informed them that Warrick would like to decide on a college in the near future.

"He's a great kid. As good a football player he is, he's a better kid. He had so many offers from great schools," Eaton said. "He wanted to get it over sooner rather than later. He said he didn't want schools holding spots for him when could be recruiting other players.

"He's a great young man. If he comes back and say 'Texas is home for me,' that's a decision he didn't just make because he was wowed with the facilities or the tradition. He thought it through."

At Saturday's junior day visit, Warrick was able to take in a Longhorn practice and he told coach Eaton that he liked the overall environment of the football program, the tempo of the practice and the coaching methods used by Brown and Wyatt. Eaton thinks Warrick will fit perfectly in the UT offense.

"He's explosive. We put him everywhere - inside, outside, on fly sweeps. He'll run some wildcat for us at quarterback next year," Eaton said. "He's so explosive. He has more than enough speed to blow the top off the coverage. But what makes him truly scary, he can turn a zero yard pass into a score. If you make a mistake, it's a TD with him. He can take a short pass and turn it into a home run ball. That's what he does with our offense, that's what I think he'll do at Texas.

"I think they talked to him about a Jordan Shipley role, working in the slot. He's very, very explosive. He can jump out of the gym. You can't teach athleticism. He adjusts to the ball. But the best thing about him is he's a yes sir kind of kid. He asks what he needs to do to get better. He makes others better around him. Texas got a kid they can trust in the classroom, outside of the classroom and in the community."

Prior to committing to Texas, Warrick had picked up offers from Nebraska, Utah, Baylor, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, LSU, Northwestern, Clemson, Oklahoma State and Missouri. He's ranked No. 31 on the 2013 Lone Star Recruiting Top 100.

As a junior, Warrick hauled in 43 receptions for 856 yards and 11 touchdowns.


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