There aren't many spots for linebackers in the 2016 class for the Texas Longhorns, but there is a new target on the recruiting board following the Monday offer to Manvel's Jordan Carmouche:
The Horns took five linebackers in the 2015 class and may only have spots for two in the current cycle, so there could be some pressure on in-state prospects to decide quickly or risk losing a spot.
The 6'1.5, 219-pound Carmouche is a consensus three-star recruit ranked as the No. 709 prospect, the No. 51 outside linebacker, and the No. 101 player in Texas.
However, his offer list is increasingly more impressive than his rankings -- Baylor followed Texas by offering on Tuesday and Arkansas, Boston College, Duke, Houston, Missouri, Northwestern, and SMU all did so before the two Big 12 schools joined his recruitment in earnest.
Carmouche is already familiar with the Texas program, having visited last summer for a camp before taking in the opener against North Texas last fall.
The offer quickly sparked some positive movement in Carmouche's 247Sports Crystal Ball:
Holding a commitment from Carmouche's teammate, wide receiver Reggie Hemphill, likely won't hurt the Horns as the process moves forward.
The stats on his 247Sports profile page from his junior season aren't spectacular, but he did make plays in coverage with an interception and four pass break ups. His frame is also impressive -- he's definitely been hard at work in the weight room since he's added a significant amount of mass in the last year or so.
He's a good athlete, too, posting a 4.77 40-yard dash, 4.40 20-yard shuttle, and 32.4-inch vertical leap. Assuming that all the training that helped increase his weight since last March also helped his quickness, it would not be surprising to see better testing results from him as he gets closer to his senior season.
One attribute that probably made him appealing to Texas head coach Charlie Strong is his versatility. At various times, Camrouche lined up deep in a safety position and also patrolled the edges on the strong side and the weak side, showing the ability to set to edge on perimeter runs and drop into coverage to make plays against the passing game. At other times, Carmouche was used on run and pass blitzes to get into the backfield.
He probably projects best as a spread-busting strong-side linebacker who would not have to come off the field against opposing looks with three wide receivers.