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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Horns Snapshot: S Erik Huhn

By William Wilkerson

To gear up for 2013 national signing day, HornsNation’s William Wilkerson is breaking down every commitment in the Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class.

Vitals: Safety Erik Huhn, Cibolo, Texas/Steele | 6-foot-2, 205 pounds

Committed: June 3, 2012

ESPN.com grade: 80. Four-star recruit

ESPN.com rankings: No. 16 safety, No. 64 player in Midlands region, No. 56 player in Texas.

Erik Huhn
Erik Huhn is coming off an injury but could be ready to play this fall.
Picked Texas over: Baylor, Duke, Georgia, Houston, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Purdue, TCU, Texas Tech, Utah, UTEP, UTSA and Wake Forest.

State of the position: The Longhorns have had it good over the past few years with Kenny Vaccaro manning the strong safety position. With him graduating, Texas could ask cornerback Quandre Diggs to fill that roll. Diggs practiced at SS in preparation for the Alamo Bowl. Whether Diggs switches positions or not, the Longhorns will still rely on Adrian Phillips at free safety and expect more out of Mykkele Thompson and Josh Turner. We’ll see if Sheroid Evans factors into the equation. Adrian Colbert, who switched commitments from Baylor to Texas late in 2012, redshirted his freshman season.

Pros: “Huhn is very good strong safety prospect who plays fast, physical and with an edge. He has prototypical size at this stage and functional strength. He has long striding speed and the range to cover the field and make plays in all three levels. While he can run, hit and pack a punch, he's also smart in his reads and diagnoses and shows ballhawk attributes. In coverage he stays deep and is a reliable last line of defense. He gains depth while reading the quarterback and puts himself in correct position to make a play on the ball. He gets off the spot quickly and comes out of breaks with good burst and explosion. He will effectively get on top of routes, high-point and win the jump-ball matchups or close the cushion quickly breaking underneath.” – ESPN scouting report

Cons: “However, we do question his ability to defend in space and mirror at the BCS level. He shows some rigidness making tight turns and breaking down sharply. His ability to match up with quicker slots in man-to-man may be difficult. If he struggles in these areas, expect a move to outside linebacker where he has the size upside and the physicality to continue production.” – ESPN scouting report

Similar to/potential role: Demarco Cobbs with a hint of Mykkele Thompson. Huhn is an interesting prospect in that he has the frame and speed to work at safety but could grow into an outside linebacker depending on how his body handles Bennie Wylie’s weight training. He packs a punch and has deceptive speed.

Expected impact: 2013. Huhn is coming off an ACL injury suffered in the first game of his senior season. He’s been rehabbing like a mad man and should be up to speed once he enrolls this fall. Depending on how he looks, Huhn could make a name for himself on special teams because of his aggression and speed to get down field. Will become more of a factor at safety in 2014 and beyond.