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All-American ILB De’Gabriel Floyd intends to ‘bring that fire, intensity’ to Texas

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The four-star All-American is one of the top talents in the nation and he’s aiming to prove why once he arrives on the Forty Acres in the coming days.

Texas ILB signee De’Gabriel Floyd at the All-American game in San Antonio, Texas.
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A trio of Texas Longhorns signees capped their high school career on Saturday, as they competed in the All-American Bowl game in San Antonio.

Four-star Cuero wide receiver Jordan Whittington, four-star Plano East safety Tyler Owens, and four-star Westlake (Cali.) Village inside linebacker De’Gabriel Floyd all showcased their talents and were given high praises throughout the duration of their stay in San Antonio. Each player performed extremely well whenever their number was called and proved that they are ready to compete at a high level in the Big 12.

After the game, Burnt Orange Nation was able to catch up with Floyd, the physical run-stuffer out of California.

Floyd has been regarded as one of the more daunting linebackers to come out of the 2019 class and he’s ready to take his game a step further as he prepares to be an early enrollee and an early contributor for the Longhorns.

The elite linebacker recapped why he chose Texas, and what he’s looking to bring to the table.

“I just felt like everything was laid out for me,” Floyd told BON. “I’m in a position to come in and try my best to take a spot, do my job, and show them I’m what they recruited.”

The Longhorns will lose two main contributors in the second level of the defense in Anthony Wheeler and Gary Johnson. Floyd has the potential to make an immediate impact in the middle of Texas’ defense and he’s hoping to withhold some of the same qualities the two previous linebackers possessed.

“Exactly what they did,” Floyd said. “Bring that fire, intensity, and just do my job for the team.”

Floyd was a player that did it all during his high school football career and he was a force to be reckoned with wherever he lined up. Texas staff might be looking to play Floyd in multiple spots, but he still plans on being an effective player if they decide to utilize him in a creative way. The Yancy McKnight-led strength and conditioning program may be the most beneficial as Floyd transitions into the Texas program and, ultimately, Power 5 football.

Floyd is looking forward to molding his body even more and ready for the next step in his life.

“I’m learning a lot, learning a lot of new positions, and I’m excited to do that,” Floyd said. “Just ready to get in the weight room and just ready for this new life, and I feel like I am.”

Expect Floyd and Texas signee Caleb Johnson to inflict a lot of physical punishment on opposing ball carriers over the next three years.

At 6’2, 245 pounds, Floyd is ranked as the nation’s No. 64 prospect, the No. 4 inside linebacker in the country, and as the No. 12 player in the state of California, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.