Texas OT Austin Uke inks with Stanford
Austin Uke emerged midway through the 2020 season as a Power 5 prospect, and on National Signing Day, the late-bloomer took a big step forward.
Uke, a three-star offensive lineman from Dallas (Texas) Parish Episcopal, committed and signed with Stanford.
Uke, who was previously committed to FCS Holy Cross, selected the Cardinal over Oklahoma, Texas, USC, Stanford, Northwestern and SMU, among others. Uke had caps for USC, Texas and Northwestern on the table Wednesday.
The 6-foot-4, 260-pound lineman is tabbed as the No. 93 player from the Lone Star State and the nation's No. 74-ranked offensive tackle.
Uke was a late-bloomer who carved out a starting role for TAPPS state champion Dallas (Texas) Parish and shined as Rivals250 quarterback Preston Stone's blindside protector. Uke is 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds, a smaller-framed offensive tackle, but boasts an impressive 81.5-inch wingspan.
Uke is a phenomenal pass protector. His length gives him a substantial edge. As does his anticipation. Uke is very smooth as he kicks back with excellent lateral agility. He brings a ton of athleticism to the offensive tackle position.
It's worth noting Uke is a high-energy blocker whose quick off the line with quick feet and certainly has a knack for pulling or making blocks out in space. Uke has flashed the potential to extend blocks to the second level and in certain games, dominates in spurts.