After remaining a silent commitment to the Texas Longhorns for nearly two months, Katy Cinco Ranch linebacker David Gbenda finally went public with his decision on Sunday by announcing his pledge to the Horns:
The 6’0, 218-pounder chose Texas over nearly 25 other offers, including Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas A&M, and Washington, a group of school that largely made up the top 10 list that he released in July.
In-state contenders TCU and Texas A&M seemingly loomed as the biggest threats to Texas, which offered Gbenda back in March. He took multiple visits to College Station, but was also on campus in Austin multiple times and the Longhorns ultimately emerged as the heavy favorite to land his services.
Gbenda broke onto the scene following a strong junior season that saw him rack up 56 tackles, eight tackles for loss, two sacks, and two passes broken up. The natural inside linebacker is a little bit undersized for the position and will need to continue adding weight, but he’s a solid athlete — he posted a 4.36 shuttle and a 32-inch vertical this spring.
A consensus four-star prospect, Gbenda is rated as the No. 262 player nationally, the No. 14 inside linebacker, and the No. 34 player in Texas according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Gbenda is now the 18th commit of the 2019 recruiting class for the Horns and the second this week, joining Plano East safety Tyler Owens, who committed last Monday. He’s also the third linebacker pledge at a need position. The class now ranks No. 7 nationally and No. 2 in the Big 12, just behind Oklahoma, which also holds 18 commitments.