Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns have now added a seventh member to the 2017 class with the commitment of consensus three-star Hook athlete Montrell Estell:
Blessed to say I have committed to the University of Texas!! #Hookem pic.twitter.com/GQ9XIRgDaO— Montrell Estell #21 (@montrellestell) May 20, 2016
Estell, a 6'2, 180-pound wide receiver and safety ranks as the No. 23 athlete in the nation and No. 46 player in Texas, per 247Sports Composite. At Texas, he plans on playing safety, making this an important addition for Texas due to some issues recruiting that position.
Here's an evaluation of his skill set:
This kid is tall and very fast, which is enough to guarantee that he'll get some nice opportunities. He played both ways at Hooks and projects as either an outside receiver or a deep safety for Texas. He's murder after the catch and Hooks got him the ball in a lot of different ways to take advantage of his ability to reach speeds within a few steps that would take him to the end zone. Estell has a nice catch radius but he underhands a lot of balls and doesn't necessarily seem as fantastic a deep threat as you'd guess from his size and speed. At safety on the other hand, he effortlessly covers ground on the back end and gets his hands on a lot of throws, often housing interceptions. I see Davion Hall, a big kid who may start at WR but is probably more of a natural at safety.
Jeff Traylor, who recruited Estell and has been tremendously active on the recruiting front for the Longhorns, especially in "bEAST Texas," took to Twitter moments after the commitment:
May 20, 2016
Prior to his commitment, Estell was projected to Texas A&M by the 247Sports Crystal Ball. In fact, he recently named the Aggies his leader, so there was a big swing in recent days towards Texas. Estell holds offers from Texas A&M, Alabama, Baylor, Notre Dame and Arkansas, among others.