Defensive tackle Paul Boyette (Humble, Texas/Humble) has sent in his letter of intent to Texas.
Boyette (6-foot-3, 280 pounds) is a four-star recruit rated as the No. 21 defensive tackle and 32nd-best prospect in the state of Texas by ESPNU. As a senior at Humble, Boyette racked up 45 tackles and four sacks this fall.
He has been committed to the Longhorns since Feb. 26, 2011, and chose Texas over offers from Texas A&M, Baylor, Alabama, Florida State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Tennessee, among others.
Boyette is one of four defensive tackles in this 2012 recruiting class along with Malcom Brown (Brenham, Texas/Brenham), Alex Norman (Dallas/Bishop Dunne) and East Mississippi Community College transfer Brandon Moore.
Scouts take: Boyette has the tools to be a productive presence in the interior of the defensive line. He is a kid with good height and bulk and should be able to pack on more good size with time in a college weight program. Not a kid that will wow you with great first-step quickness, but he gets off the ball well and will show some flashes. He can be tough and productive against the run. He flashes the ability to fire out of his stance low and get under a blocker's pads, and when does and generates power from his lower body he can stand a blocker up and knock him back.
Importance to class: Defensive tackle was a bit of a question mark for Texas coming into 2011, and while Kheeston Randall struggled in his senior year others gained valuable experience. Still, it was a position UT coaches targeted in this class, and they brought in probably the best high schooler they could get in Brown and a strong JUCO transfer in Moore. That’s probably good for Boyette -- it gives him more time to develop.
How soon he can make an impact? Boyette might be a candidate for a redshirt in his first year on campus, but that’s to be expected. Having Ashton Dorsey, Desmond Jackson, Moore and Brown means Boyette would really have to stand out from day one to get on the two-deep and see the field this fall.