Early Signing Day Tracker 2019: Grading each Texas signee

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Receiving Corps

Potentially the best position group that the Horns hauled in for this 2019 class was with the receiving corps. Texas landed four wide receivers and two tight ends that all signed down on the first Early Signing Day.

Texas also had some big news come through in the same month as the first Early Signing Day, as four-star Arizona native wideout Jake Smith won the Gatorade National High School Player of the Year honors. All of the wide receivers and tight ends that were committed signed pretty early on Dec. 19.

Here’s the receiving corps additions:

Wide Receiver:

Jordan Whittington (Cuero, TX): The highest rated wideout in this class could have the instant impact ability that the Horns could be looking for in the wake of potential departures of Collin Johnson and Lil’Jordan Humphrey. Grade: A

Jake Smith (Scottsdale, AZ): One of the fastest rises of any offensive commit for the Horns came from Smith. The National Player of the Year honors were a display of the versatility and talent he’ll eventually bring to the table on the Forty Acres. Grade: A

Marcus Washington (St. Louis, MO): Washington was one of numerous out-of-state signees that the Horns will add to the receiving corps. He is also where this receiving corps can really start to build depth for the next three or four years at least. Grade: B

Kennedy Lewis (Melissa, TX): Lewis was a last-minute add for this recruiting class, coming on Dec. 18, and can help put some size back in the receiving corps from the departure of Collin Johnson. Grade: B+

Tight End:

Brayden Liebrock (Chandler, AZ):Smith and Liebrock are both Arizona natives that are going to have huge impacts on the Texas passing game. Liebrock is very fast for a tight end and can help replace senior Andrew Beck. Grade: A-

Jared Wiley (Temple, TX): Tight end is going to start running thin on opportunity and playing time in Herman and Beck’s offensive scheme. Wiley is an early enrollee that could give him a leg up when it’s all said and done. Grade: C