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Commitment Spotlight – Barryn Sorrell

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Say hello to hard commit number 19 for the class of 2021. Barryn Sorrell, a 6’3 edge rusher out of New Orleans, Louisiana.

After previously committing to Northwestern, Sorrell de-committed in October tweeting that he was reopening his recruitment process. Shortly after, Arizona State, Texas, and Washington State all showed interest by offering a scholarship to the Holy Cross defensive end.

Today, Sorrell finally ended the suspense when he announced Texas would be his new home. The Longhorns beat out Arizona State, Louisville, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech for his services.

Sorrell is a three-star commit via the 247Sports Composite. He ranks as the 54th best strong-side defensive end in the class of 2021 and overall the 22nd ranked prospect in the state of Louisiana. In 2019, the 250-pound edge rusher led Holy Cross to a 5-6 record and a first-round appearance in the Louisiana Division-1 playoffs. In 2020, Holy Cross has been a disappointing 1-6, but not due to Sorrell as he’s been as dominant as always.

Sorrell primarily plays defensive end but has lined up as defensive tackle on numerous occasions. He can play out of a base 3-4 scheme and even a 4-3 scheme as he has experience with both.

Sorrell recently was awarded Academic All-State as well as being a first-team all-District selection for 2020. He was the only Holy Cross football player to be named to the all-District team.

Now, he’s taking his talents to Texas and the 40 Acres. He becomes the second commit from Louisiana in the class of 2021 joining wide receiver, Casey Cain. He’s also now the fourth defensive line commit Texas has obtained for 2021 joining Derrick Harris, Byron Murphy, and Jordon Thomas.

Player Information

Name: Barryn Sorrell
Position: Defensive End
High School: Holy Cross
City, State: New Orleans, LA

Measurables

Height: 6’3
Weight: 250

Film

 

Three Best Traits:

Versatility – Sorrell is one of the more versatile athletes that Texas has signed recently. He spends most of his snaps playing as an edge rusher, but realistically he can play anywhere on the defensive line. He has experience in the past few years all over the defensive line. Sorrell has played the defensive end and the defensive tackle position out of the 3-4 scheme and has played both positions in a 4-3 scheme as well. When it comes to getting to the quarterback, Sorrell no matter what will find a way.

Great First Step – Sorrell has a great initial step full of strength and acceleration. He uses his size and speed to overpower or maneuver around the first line of defense. On a multitude of occasions, Sorrell was in the backfield in the matter of a second. He imposes his will on opposing offensive lineman at the high school level.

High Ceiling as a DT – Sorrell is listed as a defensive end, as that is where the bulk of his snaps are from. However, he appears to have a much higher ceiling as a defensive tackle at the next level. He lacks the sheer speed and athleticism it takes to be an elite edge rusher at the next level. Put him right over the center though and he can wreak havoc. Texas would be smart to move Sorrell to a nose tackle in the future.

Areas for Improvement:

Athleticism – Sorrell isn’t a freak athlete like some of the other edge rusher recruits in the nation. He has great speed, but not top-level speed. He has strength, but not strength that will completely overpower a division one tackle. As a defensive tackle, maybe. But as a defensive end, he lacks that sheer freaky athleticism you see from the greats.

More Reps – Sorrell is pretty raw on the defensive line. He’s received his three stars through sheer talent alone. He has a ton of potential and an extremely high ceiling. Don’t expect him to pop right away but give him some time and he can flourish in the Longhorns defensive system.

Summary

Sorrell is a high ceiling prospect with loads of potential as a defensive lineman. He’s a guy who’s very versatile and can play anywhere on the defensive front in really any scheme and find success. He has a great first step and at the high school level, lives in the opposition’s backfield. With some more time to learn and gain experience at the next level, Sorrell one day can become an instrumental part of the Texas front lines. Sorrell is a guy who will shine in the future, particularly as a nose tackle.

Final Verdict

After the multitude of de-commitments Texas has seen recently it’s nice to see a win in terms of recruitment as of late. Sorrell becomes the latest member to Texas’s class of 2021. Not including Ja’Tavion Sanders who is listed as an athlete, Sorrell becomes the ninth true defensive commit for the Longhorns 2021 class. The nine defensive commits for Texas have an average composite ranking of .9018. Clearly, Texas has made an effort to stack up on the defensive side of the ball. Sorrell will add tremendous depth and upside to a defensive line that is improving year in and year out.

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