On Wednesday afternoon, the Texas Longhorns locked up a future playmaking cornerback to their 2018 recruiting class as Houston Heights standout Jalen Green took advantage of the early signing period and inked with the Longhorns.
Green committed to the Longhorns back on July 21st, just three days after announcing his top five schools, choosing Texas over the likes of LSU, Oregon, Penn State, and Ohio State. His commitment stayed strong ever since, though schools like the Tigers tried to make a late push.
A consensus four-star prospect, Green is ranked as the No. 46 player nationally, the No. 6 cornerback, and the No. 4 player in Texas, according the 247Sports Composite rankings.
The 6’0, 170-pound cornerback from Houston Heights brings a lot to the table — he may be the most athletic cornerback in the 2018 class. After transitioning from quarterback a couple years ago, Green has learned the defensive back position extremely well. His length, athleticism and height give him an edge at his position.
247Sports recruiting analyst EJ Holland had some strong, positive words for Green and his upside. Holland says, “His ceiling is certainly higher. After all, he’s a better overall athlete and has only been playing the cornerback position for a couple of years.”
“No defensive recruit impressed me more than Green this offseason. He held five-star wide receiver Terrance Marshall to no catches in the most dominant 7v7 performance I’ve ever witnessed and was absolutely phenomenal at The Opening Finals in Oregon.”
With Holton Hill leaving to the NFL and the possibility of Kris Boyd leaving too, Green has a shot to earn some playing time right away. The competition between the freshman defensive backs next year will be a sight to see.
Green will join a loaded 2018 defensive back class which includes five-star safety BJ Foster, four-star cornerback D’Shawn Jamison, four-star safety Caden Sterns and four-star safety DeMarvion Overshown. Houston Lamar star Anthony Cook may well pick Texas later in the day.
This is a defensive back class that could return Texas to its status as DBU. In fact, it could go down as the best defensive back recruiting class in the history of college football.