Signing day update: CB Bryson Echols

AUSTIN, Texas -- Four-star cornerback Bryson Echols (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) has sent in his letter of intent to Texas.

Echols (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) is the No. 6 cornerback and the No. 79 player overall in the ESPNU 150. His high school teammate, offensive guard Curtis Riser, is also committed to the Longhorns.

Echols, an Under Armour All-American, has been committed to Texas since Feb. 26, 2011. He chose the Longhorns over offers from Arizona, North Texas and Kansas.

He is one of three true defensive back commitments in this class along with Kevin Vaccaro (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood) and safety Adrian Colbert (Mineral Wells, Texas/Mineral Wells). Athlete Orlando Thomas (Copperas Cove, Texas/Copperas Cove) will likely end up in the secondary as well.

Scouts take: “Echols is a fierce competitor between the white lines and plays the game bigger and faster than his measureables might indicate. Will need added bulk and strength to continue playing with his physical style and to press and reroute bigger college receivers. Size should come and Echols has some intangibles you simply cannot coach. We expect this guy to emerge as one of the upper-tier corners in this class.”

Importance to class: The Longhorns have long prided themselves on being “DBU,” and appear to be in pretty good hands to be able to continue that tradition with young cornerbacks Quandre Diggs, Adrian Phillips and Carrington Byndom. But you can never have too many solid corners in a pass happy league like the Big 12, and Echols is the top corner in Texas.

How soon can he make an impact? This will be an interesting one to watch because of the loss at safety of Blake Gideon and Christian Scott. Not saying that Echols will be a safety. That’s unlikely to happen. But someone needs to fill that hole and it could be Phillips, even out of nickel coverage packages. If that happens than Echols could be in line for playing time. If not, guys like Leroy Scott, Josh Turner and A.J. White could likely see the field before Echols as a cornerback.