Friday, December 17, 2010
Top Texas commit keeping options open
By David Ubben
Christian Westerman is the nation's No. 4 overall recruit and the best offensive lineman in the 2011 class.
The offensive tackle is also Texas' top commit.
The Arizona native pledged to Texas and Mack Brown back in April, but his position coach, Mac McWhorter was forced to retire at the end of the season. Though he's still committed, the 6-foot-5, 290-pounder looks like he's keeping his options open.
He's headed for a visit to Auburn today, and might be taking a look at Oregon later, though he also plans to come back to Austin for a visit in January.
The Longhorns have six offensive line commitments, but Westerman is by far its highest-rated. He's also one of just two current Texas commitments -- the Longhorns have 23 total -- who lives outside the state lines.
It's hardly a time for panic, and we've addressed what the exit of coaches (and wins) from Texas could mean on the recruiting trail, but Westerman's apparent wandering eye can't be reassuring to anyone in Texas' program, especially considering Westerman's strengths and Texas' struggles in 2010.
"Westerman is the dominant type run blocker who knocks defensive lineman back where they came from. His size and athleticism are what we like to see at the major level of competition," reads Westerman's profile on ESPN's recruiting site, powered by Scouts Inc. "This guy has the agility to handle inside quickness and change of direction moves. Demonstrates very good pull/trap mechanics; can get to the edge, seal and play on his feet well in space. When he locks up with linebackers it usually results in a pancake as his excellent upper body playing strength becomes evident. We also like his effort to finish and look for a second blocks downfield."
Texas might hitch its proverbial wagon to incoming running back recruit Malcolm Brown, a Cibolo, Texas native whose high school performance has drawn comparisons to Adrian Peterson, but recruits like Westerman are what could eventually help Brown fill that potential.