Tom Herman is more aware than almost anyone else that the Big 12, and Texas is in need of a defensive renaissance. The best way to improve on defense is by bringing in talented, physical players, and earlier today Texas did just that. Houston cornerback and longtime Longhorn target Jalen Green committed to Texas via his twitter account tonight, ending a lengthy recruitment that saw Texas in the driver’s seat for much of its duration. Texas already had a very good defensive back class, and it may get even better in the near future, so stay tuned.
— Jay Green 😎 (@jaygreen__) July 22, 2017
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Green is the 13th commitment in Texas’ 2018 class and the fourth defensive back, along side safeties BJ Foster, Caden Strns and DeMarvion Overshown. Green is the third best player in Texas’ class according to 247sports behind the aforementioned Foster and Sterns, and all four members of the defensive class are in the top 75 of 247sports’ rankings. That’s a recipe for success, and for a program that desperately needs success on the field, landing guys like Jalen Green is very good news.
Green picked Texas over a whopping 36 other offers, from LSU, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas A&M, USC and Virginia Tech, among others. He named a top five of Texas, LSU, Ohio State, Oregon and Penn State back on July 17th, but even then there wasn’t really much question about who the favorite was. Tom Herman and cornerbacks coach Jason Washington have been recruiting Green hard for months, and really just did a great job in selling Jalen on Texas.
On the field, Green is a very physical, energetic, aggressive cornerback. He fits the mold of physical defensive backs that Tom Herman has been recruiting thus far in this class, and has the exact kind of alpha dog, leadership centric personality that Herman loves. He’s a freak athlete, that attacks the ball in the air, and hits as hard as a linebacker. He plays on both sides of the ball for his high school team, so catching will never be an issue for him. His biggest obstacle in Austin will just be refining his technique in coverage. He’s still raw, but Jalen’s ceiling is sky-high. His ceiling comparison is Sheldon Brown.