- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Before Texas begins its first season under Charlie Strong, we're taking a deep dive into all the talent he inherits in 2014. Our Burnt Orange Breakdown series will take a closer look at each scholarship player returning this fall and what we can expect from them. We're going down the roster from No. 1 Shiro Davis all the way to No. 99 Desmond Jackson.
No. 11 Jacorey Warrick
Sophomore wide receiver
Recruitment rewind: Warrick showed up to Texas’ second junior day in 2012, got his offer and committed a day later. Perceived by some as more of an athlete, Texas coaches saw a receiver all the way and took Warrick over the more-hyped Ra’Shaad Samples, who signed with Oklahoma State. Warrick, an ESPN 300 recruit, scored 23 TDs on 15.9 yards per catch at Houston Cypress Falls, but his senior season was cut short by a torn meniscus.
Career so far: Warrick impressed Mack Brown’s staff enough to work his way onto the two-deep as the backup ‘H’ receiver behind Jaxon Shipley and Daje Johnson. He saw the field in four games as a true freshman, but each came in mop-up time and he did not record a reception.
Best-case scenario for 2014: Texas’ top three receivers are fairly set, but Warrick is capable of locking up that No. 4 spot and staying on the field in four-wide spread sets. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound slot has bulked up in his first year in the program without sacrificing speed, and he is one of the Longhorns’ fastest pass-catchers. The new staff really liked him in spring ball.
Worst-case scenario for 2014: Warrick will have an easier time competing for a starting job next year, when Jaxon Shipley has graduated and the Longhorns need a new go-to slot receiver. He might just have to pay his dues this year, get around 10-12 receptions and make the most of whatever he can get.
Future expectations: If you’re designing Texas’ offense of the future on paper, who do you put in the slot? The frontrunners a year from now, you’d think, are Warrick and Daje Johnson. Incoming freshmen Armanti Foreman and Roderick Bernard (who could be a DB) will enter the mix this summer and push them. But all in all, exiting spring ball you’d have to say Warrick is in great shape for making an impact down the road.
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