Teague (Texas) four-star outside defender team Derion Gullette announced his commitment on Friday afternoon to Texas when the Longhorns beat Ohio State and a big late push from Texas A&M landed one of the state’s top defenders.
In the end, it was a difficult decision for Gullette, whose late visit to Texas A&M made him think a lot about coming to his decision.
“It was a really tough decision,” Gullette said. “I had to make that phone call earlier and it was never an easy phone call, but at the end of the day it’s my future and what I plan to do with my life.”
The Texas education aspect is what made the show stand out as he saw many opportunities in post-football journalism.
“The reason I chose Texas is because I feel like I can be very successful on and off the field,” he said. “The educational aspect is great because whatever school I feel I can choose, I feel like I will be successful on the football field so I have to have a different perspective on it to see what the university will bring. how beneficial. I was outside football when I graduated. “
Gullette’s relationship with quarterback coach Jeff Choate has been around since he was proposed by Texas last summer, as the two are connected on everything both on and off the field.
“I wanted to play for Coach Choate because I felt like he was the best coach in college to develop,” he said. “I want to be developed and coached hard. I have a good relationship with him, we always talk about how I am doing first and he asks me how I am doing.”
Gullette also sees the vision with Steve Sarkisian and what he’s building now in Austin and the class of 2023.
“I trust Coach Sark because I can see his vision and his plans,” Gullette said. “All his people have committed here, it’s not a coincidence. There is a plan to take the program to the next level. We can win it all.”
Gullette will be at the Teague for his senior year after spending three years at Marlin, but he will be sidelined with a knee injury. He hopes to be ready to return and play in time to move in in January.
“I will graduate in December and go there in January,” says Gullette. “Going into January, I will be able to lift and run with them but maybe not play spring ball. After spring, I should go well.”
At 6-foot-2 tall, weighing 223 pounds, Gullette is the 86th-ranked player in the nation in 2023, according to Rivals. He’s the #16 from Texas State and the #6 outside of the line in the country.
Texas recruited Gullette as an inside full-back, and the vision was certainly clear for his potential and playability.
He is agile, has fast tracking speed and can attack dribblers from side to side with his ability. If he can keep his athleticism post-injury, his ability to fly around the court will be fraught in both the Big 12 and the SEC for Texas.
However, Texas has some flexibility with commitment from Gullette as he is able to develop and expand into outside wingers and those who can attack behind the scenes and rush the passer. Despite that, Gullette who got the NFL Draft could consider him an All-Conference player and pick the second day category.