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3-star DL Barryn Sorrell commits to Texas

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The first big surprise of Early Signing Day is a pledge from Sorrell, a former Northwestern commit.

Barryn Sorrell

The Texas Longhorns have landed a commitment and signature from three-star New Orleans (La.) Holy Cross defensive end Barryn Sorrell on Wednesday.

Sorrell was previously committed to Northwestern before re-opening his recruitment in late October. The Longhorns entered Sorrell’s recruitment in early November and quickly made their way to the forefront of the recruitment.

With Shemar Turner going off the board to Texas A&M, the Texas staff moved quickly to secure Sorrell’s commitment and were able hold off schools like Arizona State, Louisville, Vanderbilt, and Virginia.

I know for some this won’t take the sting out of losing out on the Turner sweepstakes, but I personally am a fan of his skill set and what he brings to the table in the class. I pay close attention to the evaluations of schools like Stanford and Northwestern, as they have a knack of finding quality football players despite very tough academic requirements, and I think the Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcats had found another quality football player in Sorrell.

Sorrell is the 54th-ranked strong-side defensive end in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, and the No. 840 player overall.


Sorrell has the look of a guy that is going to grow into a defensive tackle despite primarily being used on the edge in high school. He possesses good quickness off the snap and good power in his hands, as he is consistently able to hold his ground at the LOS and shed blocks. Sorrell uses his hands very well already at this stage in his development, as he routinely is able to beat opposing offensive linemen to the punch and gain the upper hand in the battle of leverage. Because Sorrell shows the ability to win with hands and keep his eyes in the backfield, he’s able to appropriately react to where the ball is going.

As a pass rusher, Sorrell also flashes a nice bull rush in his tool box and he also likes to mix in a nice “snatch” move that uses the momentum of opposing offensive linemen against them. Against the run and the pass, Sorrell shows good short-area quickness on tape and consistently flashes high effort and a hot motor in pursuit of the ball.

The fact that Sorrell is a former Northwestern commit speaks highly of his intellect both on and off the field and for me that is a big plus in the evaluation process. Northwestern has been known to pluck some gems and I think they found another in Sorrell. I think this could be an under-the-radar pickup for the Longhorns long term once he is able to redshirt and get up to speed physically for college ball.