One of the most interesting story-lines to watch in the Big 12 in the past year, and over the course of the next few years is the Tom Herman era at Texas. Herman is certainly one of the more entertaining coaches in college football, and his flashy style has made Texas football a must-see event, both on and off the field. Despite a 7-6 campaign in his first season as head coach, Herman managed to piece together a phenomenal, top five recruiting class, and he hopes to replicate that in the 2019 cycle. Just minutes ago, that effort got a huge boost, as California linebacker De’Gabriel Floyd announced his commitment to Texas.
— DeGabriel Floyd (@DSAVAGE_1) March 31, 2018
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Floyd is the fourth member of tExas’ 2019 class, and the first linebacker. He joins T’Vondre Sweat on the defensive side of the ball in the class, and those two could do lots of damage together in Austin, as they compliment each other very well. To land Floyd this early in the cycle is huge news for Texas, as he’s been one of the top linebackers on their board for several months. He’s a perfect fit for Todd Orlando’s defense, and if he has a good defensive backfield behind him (he will), Floyd can do an incredible amount of damage at the next level.
Floyd picked Texas over 24 other offers, from schools all over the country, including almost all of the Pac-12, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, TCU and Texas A&M, among many others. This commitment comes as a bit of a surprise, as many felt that Floyd would stay on the west coast, at either USC, UCLA or Oregon, but the chance to play early under Todd Orlando was enough to convince Floyd that Austin was the spot for him. This recruitment obviously isn’t over yet, but De’Gabriel is as solid of a commit as he could be right now.
On the field, Floyd is, as I said, a perfect fit for Texas’ defense. He’s a long, athletic outside linebacker, with the ability to tackle in open space, rush the passer, and force opposing runners inside, towards what should be a dominant defensive line. He still has some learning to do when it comes to coverage and the nuances of the linebacker position, but with his frame and athleticism, it’s not hard to imagine Floyd finding the field very early on in Austin.