The Texas Longhorns added a huge piece of the defensive puzzle and one of their top targets on the board with the commitment of Kobe Black on Wednesday, a long-awaited decision made in a ceremony at Connally High School in Waco.
“Y’all knew what it was,” said Black as he put on a Texas hat, revealing that he’s been committed to the Longhorns since before football season.
BREAKING: Elite 2024 CB Kobe Black tells me he has Committed to Texas!— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) December 13, 2023
The 6’2 200 CB from Waco, TX chose the Longhorns over LSU, Oklahoma State, & Oregon
“F*** them brakes” https://t.co/vVqAwsPrPD pic.twitter.com/a0kcJFOS2g
Black committed to Texas over finalists LSU, Ohio State, Oregon and Texas A&M, a list that he narrowed in early August. On Wednesday, Black was officially announced as a member of the class on Early Signing Day.
The consensus four-star prospect was one of the marquee names in Austin for the final week of summer visits as the Longhorns made efforts to land the big names in the class. The highly-coveted recruit has all of the requisite offers, including Alabama, Ohio State, and Oklahoma, and visited two of those three in June before closing the big visit month with the Longhorns. An Alabama visit was scheduled for Black for the game against Arkansas, but it never materialized.
A two-way player for Waco Connally, the 6’0, 190-pound Black was an all-district selection both on offense and defense on the strength of 11 touchdowns as a receiver and running back while racking up 36 tackles and two pick sixes as a defensive back.
The No. 41 player in the 247Sports Composite rankings and a composite four-star prospect, Black is the No. 3 safety in the country and the No. 10 player in the state of Texas, as well as the fourth-highest rated player in the class for the Longhorns. When Black signs with the Longhorns next Wednesday, he will become the highest-ranked defensive back since the 2019 class.
Texas now holds 20 pledges in a class that ranks No. 6 nationally.
Analysis (by Daniel Seahorn):
Black possesses a good, athletic frame at 6’0, 190 pounds and will arrive on campus already with the size you look for at the position. Possesses a diverse athletic profile as a three-sport athlete (football, basketball, and track). Excelled as a two-way player in 2022 at wide receiver and cornerback with solid production on both sides of the football. Adds positional value as a kick returner and could see the field early in his career on special teams. Looks like a natural athlete whether he is in coverage or as a ball carrier. Black is very elusive with the ball in his hands and proves difficult to get to the ground. He tracks the ball well in the air both as a receiver and a defender and attacks the ball in the air. Displays good recovery speed as a defender. Looks comfortable playing in press or backed off in coverage. Possesses good change-of-direction skills and savvy to stay in the hip pocket of receivers. Fights through blocks of the perimeter and is a very willing and capable tackler. Needs to clean up his tackling technique, but does not lack the want to as a tackler. Shows a lot of competitive toughness and is a guy that rarely comes off the field for his team. Black is the caliber of athlete you do whatever you can to get on your team and is a player that projects highly at the next level. Texas is continuing to add high-level talent at the defensive back position and is on its way back to earning that “DBU” title.