2. Lack of solidified starting linebackers heading into 2019
What gains traction with so many top tier recruits now is the ability to get their collegiate career jump started from the moment they step on campus. Flowe would likely have the ability to do that with Texas football, especially if he decided to be an early enrollee after his time at Upland High School is over.
Entering spring camp, Texas has some question marks remaining at linebacker. Those question marks aren’t for a lack of depth or talent, just proven experience. Texas relies so heavily on the linebackers with the scheme that Orlando runs, that the position group needs to be solidified with players who are reliable and proven.
However, with the looming departures of senior linebackers Anthony Wheeler and Gary Johnson, the experience is thinning out at this level of the defense. Returning rising senior linebacker/edge rusher Malcolm Roach should lock down one of the starting spots here in 2019, but he’ll be out of eligibility heading into the 2020 off-season.
At 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, Flowe has more than enough size and strength to make an immediate impact with most linebacking corps in the nation. What he potentially brings to the Horns defense that would make him an ideal fit right away in Orlando’s scheme is the range and awareness that can help replace the void left by Johnson.