Texas Longhorns head coach is named Mr. February for a reason since he always has Texas near the top of the national recruiting rankings come signing day. On Sunday he landed another blue chip prospect in linebacker Dalton Santos out of Van (Texas) High School. Santos is a four-star recruit, top-100 player and rated as the best linebacker in the 2012 class.
Previously Santos was committed to the Tennessee Volunteers since last August, but he made the switch to Texas when Tennessee defensive coordinator left to take the same position with the Washington Huskies. Santos has offers from over 20 BCS programs and he made the switch when he took an official visit to Texas on Jan. 27.
Santos is a prototypical middle linebacker recruit. He is very big (6'2" and 240 pounds), loves to hit, but isn't so stiff as to be a major liability in coverage. Santos plays with excellent physicality and passion, and is very fun to watch in person, as I recently had the chance to do at the Under Armour All-America Game. He is rated a four-star recruit by most recruiting services. Texas is the only school to have commitments from more than 20 high school recruits and still have more than 75 percent be rated as blue chippers (four-stars or better).