Jacorey Warrick flashed a big smile to the camera and near-elite suddenness to opponents on Saturday (Photo by the author).
Like many Texas commits, 2013 Cy Falls wide receiver Jacorey Warrick is a lifetime Longhorn -- his father played went to Texas and played in the band. Like many Texas commits, Warrick's fandom was solidified in 2005 when the Longhorns won the national championship, led by Vince Young.
At one point, it looked as if the Longhorns were going to recruit Warrick as a cornerback. After all, he has an ideal build for a cornerback at 5-11 and 170 pounds and he excelled at the position at a summer camp last year. Even Warrick believed that he would receive a look there following his performance.
However, following his strong junior season that saw him slice up defenses with his ability at the catch and in the running game on jet sweeps, everything changed in his recruitment by Texas -- a few wide receivers left the team, including slot receiver Chris Jones, and suddenly the Longhorns had a bigger need there.
Receivers coach Darrell Wyatt began speaking with Warrick about playing the position and when the second Junior Day came around in February, Warrick thought he was going to receive an offer and took little time thinking about it when he did, committing the day after visiting Austin.
With his recruitment shut down, Warrick doesn't have much planned during the summer, but did camp at Texas for the first mini-camp and cited New Orleans (LA) Edna Karr cornerback Noel Ellis as a tough opponent, as well as commit Antwuan Davis, the fellow pledge with whom he has had battles in the past.
A noted speed merchant, I asked Warrick if he had any predictions for how he would run at The Opening in July, the only major event he's planning on attending this summer, and he said that he wanted to run a 4.3, but that he would "settle" for a 4.4. You know a kid is fast when he mentions settling for a time for which most skill position prospects would commit bloody murder. /whistles with appreciation
On Saturday at the A&M Consolidated 7on7 tournament, Warrick didn't have a huge day, but he did show off elements of his skillset that helped him earn his Texas offer:
The Texas commit did not have a huge impact on the day, facing double coverage with a safety rolled over the top early in the day and then getting manhandled by 2014 A&M Consolidated cornerback Kyante Dukes, who drew only one flag, but could have had several more -- it would have been nice to see Warrick fight back by his own hands more to create separation.
Warrick was also limited by a quarterback who struggled to push the ball downfield and by his placement outside as a flanker, which kept him from working the middle of the field on drag routes, a role left to fellow 2013 receiver Jamel Holmes, who had an outstanding day.
However, Warrick did show good hands on the day, rarely dropping passes, and was also the most sudden player among the top prospects in College Station, exploding off the line and coming out of his breaks at a high rate of his speed -- if defenders had to respect the deep pass more, he would have been virtually uncoverable Saturday because of his route-running ability.
His best play of the day was a double move on an out and up that burned the cornerback defending him. It went for a long touchdown when the safety took a poor angle on the football and Warrick caught it behind him.
Physically, Warrick is a high-cut kid with a short torso and long legs, but he has reasonably wide shoulders for a future slot receiver, so there shouldn't be durability concerns with him in college based purely on his frame.
Obviously, the 7on7 environment is not conducive to showing off his skills with the ball in his hands, but he did show himself to be the most explosive of the top offensive prospects I've seen in the last several weeks (and second overall to teammate Holmes, who only goes about 5-6, but is lightning quick).
Cy Falls could have some growing pains at quarterback after losing a longtime starter, but the new signal-caller should be effective enough handing off the ball to Warrick and throwing him short passes, so expect the yards after catch to continue to be there for Warrick as a senior.