On Wednesday, the Texas Longhorns added another piece to the defensive puzzle, as Richmond George Ranch defensive end Peter Mpagi signed his National Letter of Intent and officially ended his recruitment.
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Mpagi was on the Longhorns radar for some time before finally receiving his offer in the middle of June. At that point, it was an easy decision for the 6’4.5, 224-pounder, as he committed to Texas two days after receiving his offer while on an unofficial visit to Austin.
“Texas has always been my dream school since I was young,” Mpagi told BON. “I always watched them. My dad went up there and my sister ran track there too. So it was an easy decision for me.”
Nearly 25 other schools had offered, including Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Cal, Duke, Nebraska, Purdue, TCU, and Washington.
Though Mpagi is listed as a defensive end, the staff has told him that he will start his Longhorns career at B-backer, a position that fits his twitchy, developing frame.
“I think I can bring a great pass rush because I’m really fast,” Mpagi said. “I think I can be fast off the edge and get to the quarterback, and if they send me on blitzes as a B-backer I think I can get to the quarterback easily. I think I can fit where Breckyn Hager is on the team and come off the weak side.”
Here’s the evaluation of Mpagi from BON:
In watching the clips from this season, Mpagi’s frame is the first thing that stands out. From his ankles to his calves to his knees to his thighs and into his upper body, the 6’4, 220-pounder looks really thin on film. There’s no question that Mpagi could gain 30 pounds easily once he arrives in Austin, but his ideal position is probably more at B-backer than as a 4i defensive end in coordinator Todd Orlando’s tite front.
As a senior, Mpagi certainly demonstrates burst off the ball, overall twitchiness, and some evidence of technique with his hands. Explosiveness is a genetic trait and Mpagi has it. He’s not an instant-impact recruit at B-backer, but let him develop for two or three years and those natural traits combined with some polish could produce a truly impactful skill set.
A consensus three-star prospect, Mpagi is ranked as the No. 746 prospect nationally, the No. 50 weak-side defensive end, and the No. 95 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.