Southlake Carroll offensive tackle Andrej Karic signed a letter of intent with the Texas Longhorns on Wednesday.
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In an offensive line class that co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Herb Hand largely assembled early in the process, Karic was a relative latecomer to the Longhorns recruiting radar — his stock started taking off early in the year with offers from schools like Michigan, Florida State, and Auburn, but didn’t pick up his Texas offer until an unofficial visit on June 1.
Karic committed in late July and then took his official visit in September, all while his rankings were improving significantly.
A consensus four-star prospect who is still growing into his 6’5 frame, Karic currently weighs in at around 270 pounds. He shows good agility and quickness, although no official measurable are posted for him, and plays through the whistle and sticks with his blocks. Overall, Karic’s combination of athleticism and size makes him a perfect fit for the offensive tackle position at the next level.
There is only one word to describe Karic’s ability in the run blocking department — nasty. The Carroll offensive tackle is explosive off the ball and delivers punishment to his opponent when assigned in the run game. He finishes his blocks through the whistle, and takes pride in ensuring his responsibility is taken care of on each play. Karic also displays well above-average skills in the pass blocking department. His quickness allows him to protect the edge, even against more athletic edge rushers.
At 270 pounds, Karic would benefit from adding some muscle mass prior to his time on the 40 Acres, but he has plenty of room to add bulk on his six foot five inch frame. Karic also struggles at time with pad level, especially in pass blocking. Lastly, Karic’s footwork could use improvement, as he at times will take a false-step at the beginning of a run blocking assignment.
Improved lower body strength, balance, and coordination should help with all of these issues as Karic progresses to the collegiate level. On film, Karic displays all of the intangibles needed to be successful as a power five offensive tackle. With a few refinements Karic could be next in a long line of high quality offensive linemen who have called Austin home.