After spending this weekend in Austin, Jalen Overstreet has committed to the Texas Longhorns. This duel-threat product from Tatum, is 6-2, 212-pound. Overstreat joins Connor Brewer (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) as the two quarterbacks in the 2012 class. Overstreet is the 19th verbal in the Longhorns’ No. 1-rated Class of 2012.
Texas is looking for quarterback depth after the departures of former starter Garrett Gilbert and redshirt freshman Connor Wood.
Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Texas Tech were all schools that extended offers to Overstreet, whose father is former Baylor running back Anthony Overstreet (formerly Hodge). The Longhorns, Red Raiders, Bears and Jayhawks have offered Overstreet as a quarterback. The Razorbacks and Tigers have offered him as an athlete and the Wolverines have offered as a receiver.
Overstreet was offered after his unofficial visit to Texas for the Kansas game. Prior that game he and co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin were talking on the sideline. Overstreet was also taken around by the Texas staff and introduced to other committed players such as Malcom Brown. Brian Harsin started to show an interest in Overstreet a month ago when Garrett Gilbert announced he was transferring from Texas. That left the Longhorns with just two scholarship quarterback and one committed quarterback, Brewer.
Harsin and Texas offensive line coach Stacy Searels, the Longhorns’ East Texas area recruiter, visited Tatum on Oct. 21. Harsin stayed and watched the first half of Tatum’s game against New Diana before he headed over to Carthage to watch Henderson quarterback LaBradford Barnes.
Overstreet’s ESPN scouting report says that he has the size and athleticism for the quarterback position at the major level of competition. It states “Although Overstreet may need some time and perhaps a red shirt year to polish his skills. Once accomplished, we see good upside as his career unfolds.”