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Texas offers LB Jake Ehlinger a preferred walk-on opportunity

The hard-nosed inside linebacker is the younger brother of the starting Longhorns quarterback.

Jake Ehlinger
via @jehlinger2

The Ehlinger brothers could spend the next two years playing together on the Forty Acres, as the Texas Longhorns extended a preferred walk-on opportunity to Austin Westlake inside linebacker Jake Ehlinger on Monday:

Jake is the younger brother of sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who has emerged as the clearcut starter and one of the Big 12’s best players at his position this season.

The younger Ehlinger is a 6’0, 210-pounder who doesn’t have the ideal size or speed to earn major scholarship offers, but he does have offers from Brown, Penn, and the University of the Incarnate Word. And his highlights show a player with excellent physicality, instincts, and tackling ability.

“They both have high football IQs,” Westlake coach Todd Dodge told the Austin American-Statesman. “Jake, he’s the quarterback of our defense. He’s just as important to our team as Sam was when he played for us.”

Last season, Ehlinger recorded over 100 tackles, seven tackles for loss, four sacks, and four forced fumbles.