Missouri City (TX) Ridge Point High linebacker Cameron Townsend signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday, officially making him a Texas Longhorn.
The consensus four-star linebacker was the 39th best player in the state of Texas and the 267th best player nationally, according to 247's composite rankings. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Townsend committed to Texas over Oklahoma and Oregon State in late October. He also held offers from Baylor, Houston, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Syracuse, USC, Utah and Wisconsin.
A rangy linebacker with good pursuit ability, speed, and range, he should be a perfect fit in the Big 12 operating against spread offenses. He's fluid enough to excel in coverage, though he's not asked to do that much in high school as primarily a downhill player off the edge, but he can bend to turn the corner.
Like most high school prospects, he needs to learn how to use his hands better, a skill that will be invaluable in college as a run defender. In that area, he's physical enough to hold his own in high school and is a consistent tackler.
The only concern with Townsend is his weight -- he still has quite a ways to go before he's add a typical weight for a linebacker, which may result in him ending up playing a hybrid role when he first arrives.