One of the best defenses in the Texas prep football ranks is led by an Arkansas commit.
Hebron (Texas) defensive end Deatrich Wise (6-5, 230) and his fellow defenders are a large part in why the Hawks are off to 3-1 start.
Wise and his teammates didn't allow a point in their final six quarters of non-district play and then controlled high-powered Flower Mound to open District 8-5A action.
"That's a team that came in averaging over 50 points a game and like close to 600 yards total offense and we just really played great against them," Wise said. "It's because we are playing as a team, feeding off of each other's energy and just leaving everything out on the field."
Hebron held Flower Mound out of the end zone for the first 44 minutes of the game and then held it off 21-15 for the win.
"We are off to a great start and think we have a chance to do some really great things this year," Wise said. "We are all putting it on the line for each other and that's a great feeling."
Wise had one 17-tackle game earlier this season and has been in the backfield harassing the quarterback a lot this season.
"I think I am up to five sacks and a lot of hurries," Wise said. "Individually it is going pretty well for me."
Wise, who chose Arkansas over Arizona, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Arkansas State , hopes to make it to the Razorbacks' game with Texas A&M at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday.
"That's my goal and I am sure it is going to be a great one," Wise said. "I'm excited about getting to play at Cowboys Stadium as a Razorback and being able to play at a place where it will be easy for all of my family to watch me."
He has had a chance to watch the Razorbacks this season on TV, including the loss at Alabama last Saturday.
"It's tough on a defense when both of your starting defensive ends are out, but I have seen them play great defense at times this season and I know they will get it back together this weekend for the A&M game."
Wise is excited about Texas A&M entering the SEC.
"Not only will my family get to see me play, but there will be more stories about the SEC and thus Arkansas since there will be a Texas team in the league," Wise said. "I think that is a great thing for both Arkansas and Texas A&M."
Wise committed to the Razorbacks in early August and remains firm although teams are still contacting him.
"I am still very solid to Arkansas, but schools like Purdue, Wake Forest and Arizona are still trying to get me to come visit them," Wise said. "I appreciate them recruiting me, but I am going to be a Razorback."
Wise will get a chance to see his first Razorback home game on Nov. 5th when Arkansas hosts South Carolina for homecoming.
"I am looking forward to getting up there for that," Wise said. "You can see how great the atmosphere is on TV and I am excited about getting to be a part of that."
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