Texas fans received a big surprise ahead of Wednesday’s National Signing Day. That surprise came in the form of a big-time commitment for new head coach Steve Sarkisian. Earlier yesterday via Twitter, four-star running back Jaydon Blue became the third athlete to commit to Texas’ 2022 class.
Not only is Blue a four-star back, he’s a top-60 player nationally via the 247Sports Composite. The Klein Cain running back is listed as the fourth-best at his position in the nation for his class and the 11th ranked player overall in the state of Texas. He is the top-ranked running back in the state of Texas in his class.
Blue was the Offensive MVP for his district this past season. On 227 carries, He ran for 2,155 yards with 30 rushing touchdowns. Blue chose Texas over programs such as Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, and Oklahoma among others.
Sitting at a .9735, he’s the highest-ranked commit in the 2022 class. Blue joins four-star cornerback Jaylon Guilbeau and four-star wide recevier Armani Winfield as the lone three commits in the Longhorns' class thus far.
As of this signing, Texas' 2022 Class is now a top-ten class nationally via the 247Sports Composite.
The Steve Sarkisian era is off to a hot start as Texas has landed both Blue and Winfield since Sarkisian's hiring.
Name: Jaydon Blue
Position: Running Back
High School: Klein Cain
City, State: Houston, TX
Three Best Traits
Production - The sheer level of production that Blue has had at Klein Cain has been impressive, to say the least. As a sophomore, Blue was the district Offensive Newcomer of the Year. He ran for over 1,600 yards and 16 touchdowns on just under eight yards a carry. As a junior, he improved drastically and was named the Offensive MVP for his district. On just 22 more carries, Blue ran for over 500 more yards and 14 more touchdowns. Who knows what he’s capable of in his senior season.
Great Speed - Blue has God-given speed and quickness. As a freshman, he ran a 10.97 in the 100-meter dash. One year later, he improved that time to a 10.79. His speed at the high school level is lethal. If he has a hole or the edge, he’s gone almost every time. Almost no one at this level of football can keep up with Blue.
Bruiser - Blue is the best of both worlds. He’s a short and stout speedster, yet he’s big enough to bulldoze you over. His 205-pounds is a perfect size and weight to stand up to most linebackers at this level. If he can translate that success to the next level, Blue has a chance to be really special.
Areas for Improvement
Pass Blocking - Klein Cain is a run-heavy offense with Blue as it's featured back. They only threw the ball 15 times a game on average. Therefore, he didn't have many opportunities to drop back and pass block for his quarterback. Texas has a plethora of quarterback talent in its program and we know that coach Sarkisian loves to sling it. For Blue to reach his full potential, he has to be able to stand up to the best defensive lineman and blitzers in the Big-12.
Receiving Threat - In his two seasons at Klein Cain, Blue hasn’t been productive in the receiving game. In both years combined, he’s caught just 29 passes for 198 yards and no touchdowns. With running backs becoming more and more versatile these days, Blue is going to have to tighten up this aspect of his game.
Blue is the top-rated commit so far in the Sarkisian era. He’s a guy, who when the ball is in his hands, can do it all. From trucking to a linebacker to cruising past defensive backs, Blue is simply the man. If he can become a viable receiving threat and pass blocker, we’re talking about an athlete who can be the full package and then some. Blue is a guy who is so good and so talented he may be able to attract other prospects as well.
Texas has maybe the best running back in the nation in former five-star prospect, Bijan Robinson. They may have just gained the next man up for that title in Jaydon Blue. With Jonathon Brooks serving as the bridge between the two, the Texas running back corps is one with a glaringly bright future. With National Signing Day here, it's time to dwell on the future of Texas football. Blue is the first of many outstanding recruits coming in that really has a chance to turn the Texas program around. Even though the importance of running backs has been a hot topic as of late, Blue has a chance to be an integral part of the Texas offense in the coming years.