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2017 Texas Longhorns Football Recruiting: Westlake QB Sam Ehlinger commits to Texas

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The Westlake junior-to-be has committed to the University of Texas.  Here he is eviscerating the mighty Anderson Trojans, the blue & gold juggernaut of Northwest Austin.  Here's some Hudl goodness courtesy of 24-7.

Ehlinger is an interesting prospect.  He's currently rated a three star, but I think it's fairly clear that we have a staff that tends to roll their eyes at early evaluations from recruiting analysts.  After reviewing the 2015 recruiting class again for TTF, let's just say that I'm generally bought in on how our staff evaluates.

Sam is not particularly tall (he has been listed optimistically at 6-2, he looks 6 feet even to me) and he's more nifty than a blazer, but he's got a good frame, a solid arm, demonstrates a great feel for the position and possesses subtle throwing skills. You don't have to watch him for long to understand that you're looking at a natural, instinctive QB with touch, accuracy and the understanding of where to put the ball on time.  He threw lots of touchdowns to guys named Reed, Chase, Clipper and Cul-de-Sac at Westlake (sophomore year, 2300 yards passing, 722 rushing, 33 total touchdowns) and he's going to be absolutely dominant in Todd Dodge's newly implemented spread system over the next two years.

If you're trying to figure out where we're going on offense with Kai Locksley (and possibly Merrick) taken in 2015 and Ellinger slated for 2017, I'm right here with you.  But it's clear that Texas will have a pretty slick spread practitioner with good mobility headed our way two years from now.

Hook 'em.