The Texas football recruiting cycle is underway and the Longhorns are starting to see their stars begin to emerge from the shadows.
While some of the biggest names on the recruiting trail are still waiting for their chance to showcase their talents on campus, others are already here, and they’re looking to make a big impression on the Longhorn faithful.
With a growing number of players expected to make the jump to the NFL, it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing the rest of the recruiting class arrive on campus.
We’re taking a look at some of those players, looking at their current position on the team, their potential to make an immediate impact and what they’re working on to get there.
In this first installment, we’re taking another look at defensive end Dontari Poe, who is currently listed as a 5-star prospect by 247Sports.
Poe’s biggest hurdle to landing on the field has been his size, but his athletic profile, especially his athleticism, should help him to make it to the next level.
A big-bodied player, Poe is a true freshman with tremendous athleticism who has shown promise as a pass-rusher in the past.
Poe had a very impressive workout at Texas in 2017, and we’ll see if that translates to the field.
In his senior season at Texas, Poe totaled 13.5 sacks with four forced fumbles, six quarterback hurries and an interception.
Poe has the ability to play the defensive end spot in Texas’ defense and could make a great addition to a defensive line that is already stacked with talent.
Poe is also the son of defensive end Chris Poe, and he could really use a little extra love on his body to help him continue to develop.
With the Longhairs coaching staff showing an increasing interest in him, we might see a little more love from Poe on the defensive line come fall.
A 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end who was a three-star recruit by 247Composite and a consensus five-star by Rivals, Poe has played in four games as a true sophomore this season.
He has 11 tackles, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hurrahs, one pass defensed and two pass breakups.
In the spring of 2018, Poe started to put up impressive numbers as a freshman in 2017.
In the spring game against UTEP, Poe had seven tackles, one tackle for loss and a sack.
In his second game against Texas A&M, Poe posted seven tackles and a team-high six quarterback sacks.
Pey was one of the first players to officially announce his commitment to Texas on February 28th, and his official visit ended on March 4th.
Poe did not show up for his official signing, but did attend the Texas A & M game on April 15th and the Texas Bowl on April 22nd.
In addition to his official commitment, Poe will now be joining a Texas recruiting class that already includes three 5-stars.
At 6-6, 248 pounds, Poe brings a lot of size to the table.
He had an impressive workout with Texas in May 2017, which should help propel him into the starting lineup for the Longharians next season.
The only knock on Poe’s game is that he’s not a dominant pass-rushing force, but he has a good base of strength and power, and if he continues to get stronger and stronger, he could become an even better pass rusher than he is now.
The Longhorns have been very active in recruiting Poe to help them add more players to their roster.
If Poe can make the transition to defensive end, the Longhaws may have just landed one of their top prospects.
Texas A&m and Texas will host a visit on Saturday, June 8th to make up the remaining time for the Texas defensive line.