The Texas Longhorns got off to a slow start in recruiting for the 2015 class, but could added a second big pledge in the last month by picking up a commitment from consensus four-star combo guard Kerwin Roach on Friday in an announcement at his high school.
A product of Galena Park North Shore, a school that has been something of a pipelines for Texas football players since Cory Redding, Roach decided between Texas, Cal, and Wichita State.
He's ranked as the No. 71 player nationally in the 247Sports Composite rankings, the No. 21 shooting guard, and the No. 7 player in Texas. Arkansas, Baylor, Boston College, Cornell, Houston, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Rice, and Temple have also offered.
The 6'3, 160-pounder just took a visit to Texas last weekend:
In part because of the recency of that visit and in part because Roach described himself as a perfect fit for the Texas offense afterward, the 247Sports Crystal Ball believed that Roach is locked in to the Horns. In fact, the industry is unanimous in believing he'll become the second 2015 commit for the Horns, joining Michigan combo guard Eric Davis, who committed nearly a month ago.
A relative unknown heading into the summer, Roach joined an AAU club called the Houston Rockstarz and saw his stock soar because of his diverse skillset.
As the above video shows, Roach is a player with long arms and excellent leaping ability. The vertical explosiveness translates off the bounce, as the rising prospect has a strong first step that allows him to attack the rim aggressively and effectively.
As a shooter, he appears to be be effective from distance, though he doens't have the developed mid-range game of Davis, his fellow 2015 pledge.
Defensively, Roach has a reputation as a stopper because of his length, athleticism, and effort. His ability to successfully translate that skill to college will determine how much he plays early to a larger extent than his offensive ability, especially after current stopper Demarcus Holland leaves.
With only one senior on the team in forward Jonathan Holmes, Texas is now likely full in the 2015 class and sits at the scholarship limit assuming no departures from this year's team.
Either way, the scholarship situation should work itself out, as these things tend to in basketball.
Landing Roach could result in an interesting backcourt for the Horns in the future -- if Isaiah Taylor happens to leave a year early, Davis and Roach would be probably share point guard duties for the 2016 team, depending on whether or not Texas lands a point guard in the 2016 class.
And though both Davis and Roach have some ability at the position and Texas has had some good teams without a pure point guard, landing a pure ball-handler and distributor in 2016 is likely a priority for the staff.
But that's a concern for another day -- on this particular Friday, the only thing that really matters is that Longhorns recruiting success on the hardwood continues apace.