While it might not make much sense to call a member of the ESPN 300 a "sleeper" in the traditional sense, it's safe to say Jacorey Warrick might begin his Longhorns career a bit underrated by the fan base.
The Houston Cypress Falls wide receiver's senior season was cut short by injury, he didn't play in an All-America game, he committed early and caused absolutely no drama before signing, and he's a tad undersized at 5-foot-10 and 168 pounds.
In this day and age of recruiting, though, keeping quiet can be a very good (and difficult) thing. Warrick knows he can be a downfield weapon from day one at Texas. The speedster is ready to start drawing some attention.
HornsNation: What kind of shape are you in right now following the torn meniscus last fall?
Warrick: I’m in pretty good shape. I’ve been doing the conditioning that coach Wylie sent me. I feel like I’m going to be in as best shape as possible going into summer workouts. My knee is good. I’d say I’m 100 percent. I’m back to running routes. I feel good, and I’m looking good.
HN: What are your expectations for this coming season?
Warrick: That’s a good question. I think it’ll be a good overall year. I’m trying to get playing time and fighting for a position and special teams and playing slot. I think the team is going to be overall good. We’re setting up a good foundation for the future.
HN: What has co-offensive coordinator Darrell Wyatt told you about where the staff thinks you can help them?
Warrick: I’ve got to adjust to college ball. If I come in and do as expected, then I can get early playing time. With my speed, he said he likes me in a role like D.J. Monroe.
HN: When Texas started talking about going to an up-tempo offense with more receivers, was that music to your ears?
Warrick: Yes, that’s definitely an advantage. That’s what I’ve been doing all through high school. I’ll be more comfortable with that. I’m used to getting lined up fast and running the play fast and doing it over and over. That was definitely made me feel even better than when I initially committed.
HN: Do you see yourself playing in the slot? Do you want to return kicks? What exactly your goal for your freshman year?
Warrick: I want to return kicks and punts and of course play slot. I just want to do it all.
HN: If you redshirt, would that be a disappointment? How high are your hopes when it comes to playing?
Warrick: I’ve had teammates and coaches tell me that it’s not a bad thing. You get a free year to get bigger, stronger, faster. So if I get redshirted, it wouldn’t be a bad thing. I want to be effective.
HN: But at the same time, you knew they were losing Marquise Goodwin after the 2012 season. Do you look at that and say, ‘They need a guy like me,’ and see a chance to replace him?
Warrick: Yes, definitely. I don’t know if I’m quite as fast as him on a track, but football-wise I think I can fill that void.
HN: You stayed committed to Texas for nearly a full year. What kept you confident about your pledge?
Warrick: I feel like I made the right decision. I didn’t rush into it. I sat down with my parents and talked about it. Some guys just commit or get pressured into committing when it’s not what they want. I felt like once I did commit, that was my decision with the help of my parents. It wasn’t a hard thing to stay committed.
HN: Ohio State made a last-ditch effort to flip you before signing day, didn’t they?
Warrick: Yes. They were the very last ones to try to get me. I think it was maybe a week before signing day. But that’s not me. Maybe if it was earlier in the process, and I was still wide open, I would’ve visited and checked it out more. But last second, it would’ve been a rash decision, and it wouldn’t have been the best decision for me.
HN: If you hadn’t signed with Texas, what school do you think you would’ve ended up at?
Warrick: Uh, good question. I might’ve ended up at a West Virginia or Clemson-type school. But that is far from home. My mom didn’t even want me to go out to Oklahoma, and they were in my top schools.
HN: You’ve become good friends with Jake Oliver over the past year. How is it going to feel to compete with him?
Warrick: It’ll get pretty competitive. I know he’s a competitive, and I am too. We’ll still be friends, but when it’s time to work, it’s time to work.