AUSTIN, Texas -- Three-star safety Adrian Colbert (Mineral Wells, Texas/Mineral Wells) has sent in his letter of intent to Texas.
Colbert (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) is the No. 20 safety in the nation and the No. 63 player in Texas, according to ESPNU.
Colbert, who will also run track at Texas, has been committed to Texas since Dec. 11, 2011. A one-time Baylor commitment, he chose the Longhorns over offers from the Bears, Texas A&M and TCU.
Colbert, who will be the first person in his family to go to college, is the only pure safety prospect in this class. But he is one of four defensive back commitments along with Under Armour All-American cornerback Bryson Echols (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto), cornerback Kevin Vaccaro (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood) and athlete Orlando Thomas (Copperas Cove, Texas/Copperas Cove), who will likely start his career as a cornerback.
Scouts take: “Colbert excels in all three phases of the game and given his measurables and very good range, most likely will develop into a hybrid type safety prospect. Is an aggressive run stopper as a safety in high school with some cover ability. Overall, Colbert is currently falling under the radar and has a lot of ability to develop into a college safety. A good athlete with the ability to see early playing time at the major college level.”
Importance to class: The Longhorns need help at safety as much or more than any other position on the field with the loss of seniors Blake Gideon and Christian Scott. Colbert is the only true safety in this class and will add instant and much needed depth.
How soon can he make an impact? Texas’ top three candidates at safety are sophomores Mykkele Thompson and Sheroid Evans and junior Adrian Phillips. They all played there in spurts last season, but probably not enough to make Texas coaches feel confident that any single one of them is the front-runner heading into next season. Colbert won’t get to Austin until the fall, so he’ll face an uphill battle from the jump. But depth is such an issue he could work his way into the rotation. He’s a dedicated worker who could be coming off the momentum of another state track title at that time.
Colbert on signing with Texas: “It feels great to officially become a Texas Longhorn because now no one else can get in contact with me or bother me. I just want to better myself as a player and get bigger, faster and stronger. Maybe I can get a chance at that Thorpe Award. I am ready to take on any challenge that college gives me, including playing football and running track.”