The Texas Longhorns signed a strong recruiting class after a disappointing 5-7 start to the Steve Sarkisian era. One of the highlights of the Class of 2022 was Port Arthur (TX) cornerback Jaylon Guilbeau.
Guilbeau signed up at Texas in the spring, so he had an extra semester of training and practice with the team. He started the spring at cornerback before moving to nickel at fall camp.
Sarkisian praised Guilbeau’s characteristics both on and off the pitch during a recent press release.
“He’s a very confident player,” Sarkisian said. “He’s a gym rat, a football addict. He loves the game, and you see that in his instincts. We’ve seen him around the corner, and then when you slide him into the Star (nickel) position, you also see his instincts there.”
When Guilbeau was at cornerback, he was pushing three-year-old starter D’Shawn Jamison for his job. Unfortunately, Guilbeau was suspended in mid-April due to a team rule violation that ended the competition between him and Jamison.
With Guilbeau now playing the nickel position, he pushes third-year defensive back Jahdae Barron. Barron is currently out of camp due to injury, allowing Guilbeau to receive the majority of first-team representatives.
“He was a playmaker,” Sarkisian continued. “He made a few plays on the ball. He made another great play today actually in practice and then got an interception. It creates healthy competition for Jahdae Barron. And now we have guys who are very interchangeable, who can do different things and play with the instincts that we are looking for in this place.”
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Sarkisian expects Barron to be ready for the season opener on September 3. Upon his return, Barron will need to reclaim Guilbeau’s starting nickel position. Even if Barron returns to the starting role, it will be difficult for Sarkisian and his staff to keep Guilbeau off the pitch.
If camp is any indicator of a player’s development, Guilbeau will have an impact for the Longhorns this season. He could become a future high school star if he continues on this positive trajectory.
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