The University of Texas added another prize to its all ready solid class of 2017. Hooks wide receiver/defensive back Montrell Estell committed to play for the Longhorns.
“Montrell is an incredible athlete,” Hornets head football coach Chris Birdwell told 247Sports. “He’s still raw, but as far as pure athleticism, he’s probably the best guy I’ve been around. Once he gets the ball in his hands, he’s so dangerous because of speed and quickness.”
Estell selected the Horns over offers from Alabama, Baylor, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Texas Tech, and numerous others. Many thought he would chose the Aggies, but UT assistant Jeff Taylor wooed the East Texan to the 40 Acres.
Last season, Estell caught 28 passes for 490 yards and five touchdowns while rushing 33 times for 412 yards and four scores. Defensively, he recorded 69 tackles and made six interceptions, returning three of them for touchdowns. The 6-2, 180-pound athlete would prefer to play offense collegiately but possesses the skills to excel on either side of the ball.
“He’s talented enough to play either position,” Birdwell remarked to 247Sports. “He was a first team all-state defensive back. Obviously, he’s our best receiver, and we try to get him the ball.”
247Sports ranks Estell as the No. 23 athlete in the country and the No. 46 overall prospect in Texas. ESPN includes the East Texas athlete on its ESPN 300 list.
Recruiting analysts have a tougher time evaluating Estell since his talent often outshines his competition. In 2015, Hooks competed in District 7-3A Division II along with DeKalb, Hughes Springs, Linden-Kildare, Paul Pewitt, and Queen City.
However, ESPN notes the versatile athlete has very long limbs and great flexibility. This combination makes Estell very slippery and elusive. Birdwell compares him to Steve Smith of the Baltimore Ravens.
“When you think of him, you kind of think of Steve Smith even though he’s taller because of his speed and quickness,” he commented to 247Sports. “But his still needs to improve his route running. That’s the main thing for him.”