Another domino falls in Texas recruiting as the Longhorns land yet another commit in the 2021 class. The first was tight end Landen King, at the end of April. The beginning of May saw edge rusher Jordon Thomas commit. Now, on Mother’s Day, rising linebacker Morice Blackwell joins the Longhorn family.
Blackwell is the third true defender, second linebacker, and ninth commit overall for Texas’ 2021 recruiting class.
He is a three-star recruit from Martin High School in Arlington, Texas. He’s a top-500 player nationally, the 32nd ranked outside linebacker, and the 67th ranked player in the state of Texas for the 2021 class via 247Sports.
As a junior, Blackwell had a breakout season as he was named the unanimous District 4-6A MVP. In 13 games he had a monstrous season with 128 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, four forced fumbles, and two fumbles returned for a touchdown.
Blackwell is only a three-star recruit right now, but expect him to make a massive jump in the rankings. He joins Derrick Harris Jr. as the second 2021 outside linebacker commit for UT.
Name: Morice Blackwell
Position: Outside Linebacker
High School: Martin
City, State: Arlington, Texas
Three Best Traits
Speed – Blackwell is lightning quick, it’s as simple as that. Whether he’s back in pass coverage or coming around the edge he can keep up with anyone. As the game of football transitions to more speedy linebackers, Blackwell is the perfect piece for coach Hultzer’s defensive unit.
Production – Blackwell has put up ridiculous production the past two seasons as a varsity starter. 240 total tackles, 23 for a loss, four sacks, six forced fumbles, three interceptions, and three defensive touchdowns. Blackwell as a sophomore earned the District 4-6A Sophomore of the Year. As a junior, he was the unanimous District 4-6A MVP. His production and stats can compete with anyone in Texas.
Ballhawk – Blackwell is all over the ball at all times. He has had back to back years with 100 tackles and has even blocked multiple punts and kicks. Wherever the ball is, Blackwell is there to either make a tackle or strip it and take it to the house himself.
Areas for Improvement
Size – What Blackwell has in speed he lacks in size. He’s an outside linebacker and weighs under 200 pounds. The positive is that the game has evolved to more of a smaller yet faster linebacker. Expect Blackwell to put on some more weight in his last year at Martin before he arrives in Austin.
QB Pressure – To preface, getting after the quarterback isn’t really Blackwell’s primary role for Martin. With that being said, to really round out his game it would be nice if he could add “pass rusher” to his resume. It’s not ideal, but this would push him over the top as a next-level prospect.
Texas linebacker coach, Coleman Hutzler gets a massive win getting a commitment from Blackwell. He was predicted by many to go to Baylor or Arkansas, where he has family ties. The linebacker position has been one of the major needs for the Longhorns for the past couple of years. With the commitments of Harris Jr. and Blackwell and Jaylan Ford in the class of 2020, Texas finally has addressed that need in a massive way.
Texas recruiting has been on an absolute tear these past couple weeks. The commitments of Landen King, Jordon Thomas, and now Morice Blackwell have cemented the 2021 class as the best in the Big-12 for now, and has lifted them to number 12 nationally. With so much speed on the offensive side of the ball from Baylor, Oklahoma, and others, it was imperative for Texas to land some speed on the defensive side of the ball. Blackwell is the perfect plug and play piece to match anything underneath that you can throw at him. Texas and coach Hutzler got a massive win with his commitment.
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