Linebacker is arguably the biggest position of need in the 2019 recruiting class, with Texas Longhorns defensive coordinator Todd Orlando facing pressure to land at least one prospect capable of contributing early — the roster will only feature four returning players next season.
And two of those players — Jeffrey McCulloch and Byron Hobbs — are primarily expected to play the B-backer position, leaving little depth at the Mac and Rover spots for Orlando.
Compounding the situation is the reality that the in-state landscape for linebackers is not particularly appealing in this cycle, an unfortunate development given the drastic Texas need to land some high-level talent in this class.
Fortunately, Orlando was able to rise to the challenge on the recruiting trail when he landed California product De’Gabriel Floyd in late March.


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