Midlands 2014: Top Five DTs

Scout.com rankings are about to be updated. Here is a sneak peek of the top-rated defensive tackle prospects in the Midlands Region...

1. DeShawn Washington

The 6-foot-2, 290-pounder from Nederland (Texas) High is quick enough to be a dominating defensive end in high school, but has a frame to grow in to a monster who plays at over 300 pounds in college. One of the most coveted players in the region, but has already made a commitment to sign with Texas A&M.

2. Zaycoven Henderson

The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder from Longview (Texas) High plays with a good pad level and gets off of his blocks quickly. He is strong up top and explosive when closing on the ball carriers. He was the Houston Next Level Athlete DL MVP. Henderson has already committed to TCU, but also pulled in offers from schools like Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

3. Peyton Newell

The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder from Hiawatha (Kan.) High dominates the competition and makes an abundance of plays behind the line of scrimmage. He earned Gatorade Player of the Year Honors. One of the most highly recruited players I the region, holding offers from schools like Baylor, California, Georgia, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, TCU, UCLA, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

4. Mychealon Thomas

The 6-foot-2, 300-pounder from Dallas (Texas) Skyline High is big and extremely strong. He uses his hands well to redirect offensive lineman and is athletic enough to move around blocks. He was the DFW Next Level Athlete DL MVP. Reports an offer from Baylor and has interest from a number of other regional schools.

5. Trey Lealaimatafao

The 6-foot-1, 290-pounder from San Antonio (Texas) Warren High is a gap plugging defensive tackle, who plays low and bullies his way in to gaps. He has a quick first step and his leverage and strength are tough to handle. His recruitment is picking up steam and he now has offers from Arizona, Baylor, Houston, Ole Miss, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tulsa

Special Mention:
Cedric Johnson (Rowlett - Texas), Mohelika Uasike (LD Bell - Texas), Fred Wyatt (Free State, Kan.), Ivan Thomas (Lawton, Okla.)

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