It seems only fitting that one of the sons of former Texas Longhorns tackling machine Britt Hager would have a chance to play at his alma mater and that will happen now with head coach Charlie Strong flipping Breckyn Hager from the Baylor Bears on Wednesday.
#LetsRide here in Austin today!— Charlie Strong (@Strong_TexasFB) September 24, 2014
The younger brother of star Baylor linebacker Bryce Hager committed to Baylor on May 22, three days after receiving his offer from the Bears. Just less than two weeks ago, on September 11, Breckyn received his offer from the Horns.
Two older brothers played at North Texas and Blinn College, respectively.
Their father, Britt Hager, was one of the most prolific tacklers in Texas history, setting a school record in 1988 with 195 tackles after setting the previous school record with 187 the year before. He also holds the career Texas record with 499 tackles while in Austin.
The 6'3, 220-pound Breckyn is ranked as a consensus three-star prospect, the No. 70 weak-side defensive end, and the No. 176 player in the state of Texas.
A better bet, however, is that Breckyn ends up playing linebacker in college with the need to gain so much weight before playing defensive end. And racking up tackles, just like his father did at Texas and his older brother has been doing at Baylor.
For a Hager, tackling runs in their blood, it seems.
In addition to the offer from Baylor, Breckyn Hager also held offers from Oklahoma, San Diego State, and SMU.
The projection at defensive end is a result of Hager playing there some in high school, where he shows an excellent ability to shoot his hands with quickness to rock back opposing offensive linemen. After making initial contact, he can swim over to get to the quarterback.
Transitioning to college, Hager should be able to use that ability to come downhill against the run and deal with offensive linemen trying to get to the second level, an area where many linebackers struggle when moving up a level.
Listed with 4.55 speed in the 40, Hager probably isn't quite that fast, but neither was his father and neither is his brother. Consider him one of those kids with game speed and the fact that he can read and react quickly will benefit him tremendously -- as the current Texas linebackers have demonstrated this season, false steps lead to getting blocked and missing tackles.
Hager is the 17th commitment in the 2015 class for Texas and the first linebacker, though the Horns remain in hard pursuit of Malik Jefferson, Cameron Townsend, and Anthony Wheeler.
The class now ranks No. 16 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12 in the 247Sports Composite team rankings.