Defensive end Hassan Ridgeway (Mansfield, Texas/Mansfield) has sent in his letter of intent to Texas.
Ridgeway (6-foot-4, 248 pounds) is a four-star recruit rated as the No. 20 defensive end in the nation and the 33rd-best prospect in the state by ESPNU.
The U.S. Army All-American has been committed to the Longhorns since Feb. 16, 2011, and chose Texas over offers from Texas A&M and TCU.
Ridgeway is one of two defensive ends in UT’s 2012 recruiting class along with Caleb Bluiett (Beaumont, Texas/West Brook). As a senior at Mansfield, Ridgeway recorded 57 tackles and collected 7.5 sacks.
Scouts take: Ridgeway is a kid that gives flashes of being a disruptive and productive defender. He has good size and on film looks like a well put together kid with a frame that could support more good size as he continues to physically develop. He flashes the ability to explode off the ball, but does need to work to be more consistent. He can give flashes of being tough to handle when taking on blockers. Ridgeway can be an active kid that can cause some problems.
Importance to class: Texas appears to be in fairly good shape with its defensive ends, particularly thanks to the rise of Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat in 2011. Clearly Texas wanted to sign three ends for this class, though -- as evidenced by Longhorns coaches’ last-second pursuit of Bryce Cottrell -- and Ridgeway and Bluiett are important to building depth behind those star veterans.
How soon he can make an impact? The knock on Ridgeway’s game is his consistency, so perhaps he’d be a candidate to redshirt since UT coaches likely won’t need to throw him onto the field this fall.