Minor Owns the Line

FOX Sports NEXT is in the streets this fall to bring you all the coverage from across the Midlands region. Recently, we caught up with Lamar defensive tackle Zelt Minor from Houston, Texas. The SMU commit spoke with us at the Touchdown Club of Houston Dinner, where he was a finalist for the Defensive Player of the Year…

There is history being created.

And Houston (TX) Lamar defensive tackle Zelt Minor and the Redskin football team are in the thick of it. After a 15-7 win over San Antonio (TX) O'Connor in the Round 5 playoff game, Minor and the Lamar team will play in the Class 5A Division I state title game.

Just before the win earlier in the week, Minor was honored with nine other players at the Touchdown Club of Houston as one of the top defenders in Greater Houston. 

"It's a good experience and I just feel honored. Even though I didn't get the award, I'm honored to be a finalist," Minor said.

No doubt that he should have been in the running for this. This past regular season, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Minor was a solid player on the line. But since the postseason began, he has been a force to be reckoned with, a game-changer.

Whether it is constantly causing problems in the backfield or getting to the quarterback for a sack, Minor is there. Most hardcore and even some causal fans realize that the defensive line is the heart and soul of a defense, and is able to control the game. 

If this is the case, Minor has been the ambassador for this. After college coaches got word of this also, there was a fairly strong pursuit for his services. In the end, June Jones and the staff at SMU won out as he committed this fall to the Mustangs.

"SMU is a good school and a private school so it's a better education. I really like the coaching staff and the program period," Minor said. "I visited them and like the campus a lot. It's very laid back and not a lot going on. But mainly, it was the coaches, they were very cool."

Minor said that he could play as an end in the SMU defense. Or perhaps, play the defensive tackle. 

"I may be put at the end, or even the tackle position. I'm just coming in ready for whatever," Minor said.

Ahmard Vital is responsible for Midlands Recruiting, mainly covering prospects in the state of Texas. He joined Scout.com in 2005 and is the author of the newly released book, Awaken the Baller Within.
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