To gear up for 2013 national signing day, HornsNation’s William Wilkerson is breaking down every commitment in the Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class.
Vitals: Wide receiver Jacorey Warrick, Houston/Cypress Falls | 5-foot-10, 168 pounds
Committed: Feb. 26, 2012
ESPN.com grade: 84. Four-star recruit
ESPN.com rankings: No. 15 WR, No. 17 player in Midlands region, No. 16 player in Texas
Picked Texas over: Baylor, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Utah
State of the position: The Longhorns lose Marquise Goodwin to graduation but return their top two leading receivers in Jaxon Shipley and Mike Davis, who briefly flirted with entering the NFL draft. John Harris and Bryant Jackson will both be upperclassmen but only combined for 10 catches (Jackson had eight) last season. The future of the position lies in the hands of Cayleb Jones, Kendall Sanders and Marcus Johnson; all freshmen in 2012 that should see increased rolls in 2013.
Pros: “Warrick is a quicker than fast player with explosive traits. He displays good quickness off the line with no wasted motion. Has a good feel for zone coverage and when to settle into soft spots. He does show nice vision with the ball in his hands and plays hard for his size, but lacks great physicality. He catches the ball away from his body and outside of his frame. He has good, natural hands -- very consistent. Warrick is a crisp route runner who can get in and out of breaks. He does not have great wiggle, but more of a slashing style. He is at his best on vertical routes. He's a slippery runner who finds extra yards after the catch. Shows very good balance and body control to maintain his feet and he does not take direct hits.” – ESPN scouting report
Cons: “He needs to add strength to his frame and become more physical. He is more of a finesse player who lacks the strength to be great blocker, but is willing and needs to develop in this area.” – ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Kendall Sanders. Like Sanders was a year ago, expect Warrick to be one of the hot names coming out of fall camp. He’s a polished route runner with excellent hands and an innate ability to allude the first tackle.
Expected impact: 2014. I just don’t see where Warrick is going to fit in the rotation in 2013 with Davis and Shipley both returning, Daje Johnson expecting to see increased action and Jones, Johnson and Sanders entering their second seasons. A full year in the weight room would do him good.