AUSTIN, Texas - - Four-star defensive end Caleb Bluiett (Beaumont, Texas/West Brook) has sent in his letter of intent to Texas.
Bluiett (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) is the No. 26 defensive end in the nation and the No. 47 player in Texas, according to ESPNU. He could also play tight end.
Bluiett has been committed to Texas since Feb. 26, 2011.
He is one of three defensive end commitments in this class along with U.S. Army All-American Hassan Ridgeway (Mansfield, Texas/Mansfield) and two-star Bryce Cottrell (Plano, Texas/West).
Scouts take: “Bluiett is a kid who will move around the defensive line in high school though he seems to spend a good amount of time inside, which is not where he will play in college. He is a kid who could potentially stand up, but will more likely just slide outside and settle into the end position. Bluiett needs to keep developing aspects of his game as well as developing his frame, but displays the tools to be a good, well-rounded, and productive defensive end at the college level.”
Importance to class: The Longhorns return five defensive ends, including both starters in Jackson Jeffcoat and Alex Okafor. But only one of those (Cedric Reed) will be an underclassman next season. So defensive end was a position of need in this class. Texas missed out on the nation and state’s top defensive end in Mario Edwards, who has decided to go to Florida State. But they were still able to land Bluiett, the sixth-rated DE in Texas and No. 26 DE overall. He is a very versatile edge rusher, who has the athleticism and hands to play tight end if needed.
How soon can he make an impact? It is going to be tough for Bluiett to see the field in 2012 because of the numbers Texas’ returns at the position. Jeffcoat, Okafor, Reed, Chris Whaley and Reggie Wilson all return. So Bluiett could be a redshirt option if everyone stays healthy.
Bluiett on signing with Texas: “It’s going to be great. The whole program, the coaches, you are like family to them. They help you out. Sometimes if you get hurt in a game some schools might take away your scholarship. But at Texas once you are on scholarship you know you aren’t going to come off unless you really screw up. If you got hurt you would still be able to be a part of the Longhorn family and get your degree.”