Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns are getting an early jump on the 2015 recruiting class, as they've already received a commitment.
Aaron Garza, a 2015 offensive lineman out of Sherman, received a scholarship offer from Mack Brown during his Saturday visit to the Forty Acres, and he wasted little time in becoming the Longhorns' first commitment in his class. Only a sophomore, Garza is the youngest commitment for Texas in the Mack Brown era, but he's a player with tremendous upside.
The first thing Texas is getting is a guy whose game is developed beyond his years. "He may only be a 2015 prospect, but he has been a mainstay on the Sherman offensive front," said Rivals.com recruiting analyst Jason Howell. "I want to say he measured in at 6-2.5 at the Army Combine in January, but some of those measurements were very much on the low side and I think Garza is realistically around 6-3.5."
While signing day for 2015 is certainly a long way away, this is a big pickup for Brown and his staff. Garza already has elite size, and he's only a sophomore in high school, mind you, so there's plenty of reason to believe that he has the potential to be a star.
2014 No. 1 overall guard recruit Braden Smith is 6'6'', 290 pounds and No. 2 guard Donell Stanley is 6'4'', 327 pounds, so Garza could realistically fit in amongst the best of the best guards in this class, let alone his own class.
According to the report, he's between 6'2'' and 6'3'', but considering his age, he very well may grow a bit more before all is said and done. Also, as a guard, he doesn't need to be as tall as a tackle, who has to be taller to combat lengthier defensive ends.
It's worth noting that things can change very quickly in recruiting, and Brown and his staff know all about decommitments. It's also going to be interesting to see how both Garza and the Texas staff approach Brown's no-visit policy, especially considering the amount of time before 2015's National Signing Day.
Garza projects to be an elite recruit, so it's safe to predict that he will be recruited by other top-notch programs sooner rather than later. He does already have offers from Michigan and Baylor, according to 247Sports.
For Texas, making an offer this early is a great sign of evolution. The college football landscape is changing, and for now, that means programs are going to have to offer earlier and earlier in order to truly get a leg up with recruits.
If the Longhorns want to rebuild the program to prominence, the culture of recruiting will have to change along with the rest of the college football world. Getting a commitment this early is a big step in the right direction. Keeping said commitment will be even more important.
For now, Garza is a major 2015 commitment for Texas, and considering how good he projects to be, this should be great news if you're a Longhorns fan.