The Nebraska Cornhuskers added a Texas prospect to the 2013 recruiting class with the commitment of College Station (TX) A&M Consolidated defensive defensive lineman Christian Lacouture on Saturday afternoon
Ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals and 247Sports, Scout has Lacouture as a four-star recruit. He was committed to Texas A&M for more than a year, but opened up his recruitment again in March. Baylor, LSU, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Utah all offered the high school defensive end.
The fifth commitment of the 2013 class for the 'Huskers, Lacouture is the first Texas prospect to commit in this cycle and the second defensive lineman, joining Milton (WI) defensive end AJ Natter.
Continuing to recruit the Lone Star State will be important moving forward for Nebraska, as there is little talent in the state. There were concerns about whether Bo Pelini and his staff would have success in Texas after leaving for the Big Ten and the commitment of one prospect can't completely alleviate those fears, but does provide some evidence that Texas prospects are still willing to play football in Lincoln, even if they won't have the opportunity to play away games in their home state.
Several of the services categorize Lacouture as a defensive end, but at 6-5 and 260 pounds, with plenty of room for growth, Lacouture will almost certainly grow into a defensive tackle when he gets into the weight program at Nebraska. However, Nebraska recruited him as a 3-4 defensive end and outside linebacker. On the field, his motor consistently runs hot, which allows him to run down plays some defensive linemen would not be able to make.
While not a superlative athlete, Lacouture has solid quickness, both off the ball and laterally and does show evidence of pass-rushing moves, including a swim move and a rip move -- he's fairly advanced there for someone of his age. And despite being considered a defensive end prospect by some, he has played inside in high school, so he may have a steeper learning curve at the position than some high school defensive ends who have to slide down to defensive tackle in college.
christian lacouture's highlights of junior season (via 88gigem)