Brayden Liebrock, TE
Another former highly touted four-star recruit that once had a lot of promise under the Herman regime with the Longhorns is the Arizona native and redshirt junior tight end Brayden Liebrock. After coming out of high school with a lot of hype as a receiving tight end with good size, leaping ability, and reliable hands, injuries have greatly limited what Liebrock was able to do at Texas in the last few years.
Injuries have robbed Liebrock of most of the reps he could’ve competed for otherwise in the last three seasons with the Longhorns. That was definitely the case for Liebrock in the first year at the helm for Sark as head coach. Last year, it was shoulder surgery that caused Liebrock to miss a lot of time.
At this point, Liebrock is pretty far down the tight end depth chart. Despite his talent coming out of high school, he just didn’t get a chance to prove himself. And it might be too late for him by now on the Forty Acres in terms of his ability to make an impact on this offense.
It is also ironic how one of the tight ends that Liebrock will likely be behind on the depth chart at the position coming out of fall camp is a recruit that was ranked well below him in the 2019 class. Former Alabama Crimson Tide transfer and senior tight end Jahleel Billingsley was ranked more than five spots lower than Liebrock in the 247Sports Composite for the 2019 cycle.
But it looks like Billingsley is going to be one of the primary receiving tight ends utilized by Sark in this offense this fall.
The top four tight ends for the Longhorns coming out of fall camp will likely be sophomore Ja’Tavion Sanders, Billingsley, sophomore Gunnar Helm, and sophomore Juan Davis. Liebrock would likely be the fifth tight end in that pecking order.