Back on July 17, Texas lost out on star-studded twins James and Tommy Brockermeyer. The twins chose Alabama, which left Texas with a gaping hole in its 2021 class on the offensive line.
While losing out on them will sting for a while, it certainly helps a little that this morning the Longhorns landed James’s replacement in Bishop Kenny center, Michael Myslinski.
Myslinski has been trending in Texas’ direction for a couple of days now and just this morning he made it official. The near 300-pounder from Jacksonville, Florida is a three-star commit via the 247Sports Composite. He and is the 12th ranked center in his class and the 132nd player in Florida overall.
Myslinski, whose father played in the NFL and is now the Jacksonville Jaguars’ strength and conditioning coach, chose Texas over other prestigious programs like Arkansas, Florida State, Iowa, Michigan State, and Missouri among others.
Name: Michael Myslinski
High School: Bishop Kenny
City, State: Jacksonville, FL
Three Best Traits
Size – At 6’2 and 285-pounds Myslinski has the optimal size to succeed at the next level. His frame is right in line with Texas’ 2020 commits Logan Parr and Jake Majors. He’s a bit bigger than James Brockermeyer as well. As an offensive lineman, it can always help to get bigger, but Myslinski is at a solid size right now.
Pedigree – Michael’s dad, Tom, played college ball at Tennessee before being taken by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. He played 60 games over nine years and has been the Jacksonville Jaguars’ strength and conditioning coach since 2012. Being an NFL player runs in Myslinski’s blood. He’s been around it all of his life and will be ready for the spotlight when it hits him.
Versatility – Myslinski is projected to be a center for Texas. That being said, he’s spent some time at guard as well defensive end. Myslinski can play all over the offensive line and his time spent playing defensive end helps him in knowing what his opponents will do.
Areas for Improvement
Pure Center Reps – Myslinski can do it all and that’s amazing, but being a center is all about repetition and getting in the habit of snapping that ball. One missed step can lead to disaster. I would like to see Myslinski take the majority of his snaps from the center position as a senior to really prepare him for the next level.
Blocking with a quarterback in the pocket – Myslinski is great at blocking at plays with a mean streak on the field. Watching him is like watching a bully picking on kids at the playground. He’s great at pulling and with a dual-threat quarterback, he is especially lethal. Myslinski is especially talented on the move but standing still and holding opponents back is something he needs to improve on. Not to say he’s bad at that but if there is something to work on, that’s it.
Texas’s string of out-of-state commitments continues. The Longhorns landed California cornerback Jamier Johnson and Colorado tight end Gunnar Helm in July. August starts off with a bang in getting Myslinski from Florida. A big, strong center who has the ability to play at a high level in his DNA. In 2020 Texas landed four four-star offensive line commits, the class of 2021 is up to two and looking solid for the future.
Myslinski becomes the second offensive line commit for the class of 2021 joining Katy Taylor’s tackle Hayden Conner. Before COVID-19 struck, Texas had a pre-existing relationship with Myslinski, and he followed through by taking a visit to Austin and had an unguided tour this summer. That all pays off as Tom Herman and Herb Hand land one of the top centers in the 2021 class. Myslinski is now the 16th hard commit for the class of 2021 and the fifth out-of-state commit. Whoever is taking snaps at quarterback in the future, will be in good hands with Myslinski.
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