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Commitment Spotlight – Jahdae Barron

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The University of Texas landed another recruit for its 2020 class. Pflugerville Connally’s Jahdae Barron announced via his Instagram account that he will be committing to UT to join an already loaded class that the Longhorns possess.

Barron initially committed the Baylor Bears last June, and signed his National Letter of Intent a few months back. A week ago, however, he announced that he requested, and was granted, his official release from Baylor to begin the process of looking for a new school. He now makes it official, and will Join the Longhorns.

Texas, even after the transfer of Tarik Black from Michigan, still had three scholarships available for the upcoming season. Barron is taking one of those.

Barron joins John Tyler’s Kitan Crawford as the only other true cornerback in Texas’ 2020 recruiting class. They join four-star safeties, Xavion Alford and Jerrin Thompson to round out the secondary unit.

Via the 247Sports Composite, Barron is a four-star recruit. He’s ranked as the 24th cornerback in the country and the 51st best player in the state of Texas for 2020.

Player Information

Name: Jahdae Barron

Position: Cornerback

High School: Pflugerville Connally

City, State: Austin, TX

Measurables

Height: 5’11

Weight: 175

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Three Best Traits

Speed – Barron has a personal best in the 100-meter dash of 10.95 seconds. Needless to say he has the speed to compete at the next level. He’s a guy who can sit back in coverage and can run with anyone the offense throws at him step for step.

Special Teams – Barron, with his aforementioned speed, showed flashes of special teams brilliance last season at Pflugerville Connally. At times he played wide receiver, as well as corner, and even returned punts for the Cougars. With his speed and awareness, Barron is a threat to take it to the house, every time he touches the football.

Ball Hawk – Barron isn’t just a corner who’s going to sit back and wait for the ball to come to him, he’s going to go get it every time. If it’s a run play, he is anticipating it and can jump into the backfield for a tackle for a loss. On screen plays, Barron is already around the blocker to make another tackle in the backfield. His game isn’t all about getting interceptions, although he can do that well too. Barron’s play is about attacking whoever has the ball, every time, at all costs.

Areas for Improvement

Weight and Strength – Barron currently is 5’11 and 175 pounds and possesses adequate height and size to fit in as a cornerback in division one football. In order to take his game to the next level, he needs to put on some more weight to avoid being pushed around by some of the bigger wide receivers that Texas will face.

Tackling – Barron is a great tackler at the high school level. Each and every game he’s making at least one play or one hit that makes your jaw hit the floor. To go with adding weight and strength, for Barron to reach his maximum potential at the next level he needs to really hone down his craft when it comes to tackling the ball carrier. If he cultivates this, watch out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary

Texas gets an absolute steal with Barron jumping ship to Austin. The Austin native now gets to stay close to home and Texas gets bragging rights as they steal a stud away from Waco. Texas now, all of a sudden, has all the essential pieces to create a lethal secondary for years to come. The Longhorns also have the ability to put other 2020 commits such as Kelvontay Dixon and Dajon Harrison on the defensive side of the football if they choose to do so. 

Final Verdict

The University of Texas landed a much-needed cornerback for the class of 2020. Before the announcement of Barron’s decision, Texas nationally held the ninth-ranked recruiting class for 2020. The addition of another four-star cornerback is only going to bolster that ranking. Guys like Barron, Crawford, Thompson, Alford, and others could finally give Texas an answer to the Sooner’s wideouts and other freak athletes in the Big-12. Texas still has two open scholarships for the class of 2020.

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