The fifth commitment for the 2020 recruiting class for Texas football got a big addition on Feb. 17 with four-star in-state offensive tackle Jaylen Garth.
A big recruiting weekend for the Texas football program on campus for Junior Day also brought some huge results along with it. Entering the weekend for Junior Day, head Texas football coach Tom Herman had to be looking to build up the thin 2020 recruiting class that only featured three commits and fell in the No. 2 slot in the Big 12 rankings.
The Oklahoma Sooners still lead the way for the 2020 Big 12 recruiting class rankings. But, it does look like the 2020 Texas football recruiting class is trying to jump into relevance to take over the top spot in the Big 12. Oklahoma better watch out because Texas football is rising in the early part of the 2019 off-season.
Following a huge lead up to National Signing Day for the 2019 Texas football recruiting class, the 2020 class could get a big boost in the coming months too. This Junior Day weekend of crucial recruiting visits for the Texas Longhorns saw some big results come through, including two commits so far for the 2020 class.
The first commit came from four-star St. Louis, MO, athlete Mookie Cooper on Feb. 16. Cooper became the fourth commit in that 2020 recruiting class for the Horns. He was also the highest rated commit in this 2020 recruiting class, and still is.
Moreover, the second commit from this big weekend for Texas football recruiting came from 2020 four-star Port Neches-Groves offensive tackle Jaylen Garth. Garth gave his pledge to the Horns just one day after Cooper committed. The Feb. 17 commitment from Garth to the Horns makes this 2020 recruiting class stocked full of offensive line talent.
Texas offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator Herb Hand is getting a ton of resources and talent to work with for his position group for the future. The 2019 recruiting class for the Horns didn’t have the best offensive line haul altogether, but offensive tackle was solid. Any other positions the Horns didn’t bring into the mix from the 2019 class is looking to be present for 2020.
The commitment from Garth to come to the Forty Acers came via his Twitter timeline on Feb. 17. His commitment also carries the Horns among the top 10 2020 class in the nation, according to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings. Texas is also just a few spots shy of surpassing Oklahoma and the Texas A&M Aggies in the national class rankings.
But, what Garth is set to bring for the Horns is even more depth at the offensive tackle spot and the versatility to become a key anchor along the line at some point in the near future. Garth is a sizable 6-foot-5 and 285 pound lineman that could put on some muscle before he becomes a starting-caliber player physically at his position.
Garth has a solid frame and a good fundamental skill set that shows the maturity of an offensive tackle that could jump up the Texas depth chart early in his time on the Forty Acres. He gets a good push for the line in the ground game and protecting the pocket in the passing game. Garth has some type of capability in almost every area a lineman needs to standout.
Moreover, what could separate Garth from the rest of the pack for the Horns offensive linemen is his ability to get down the field and help the offense push the ball to the second and third levels of the defense. He stands out the most as someone who could make an early impact among the three offensive linemen committed in this 2020 class thus far.
All in all, Garth ranks as the No. 292 2020 high school prospect in the nation and the No. 32 offensive tackle. His spots in the recruiting rankings do seem about right since he does have to put on some size and his athleticism could limit him more so than other four and five-star offensive tackles. This is a solid get for the Horns.