East Texas Combine: Defensive MVPs

TYLER, Texas -- Scout names position MVPs for the defensive side of the ball from Sunday's ETSN.fm/APEC East Texas Football Recruiting Combine.


MVP: Will Brown, 2015 DT, Texarkana Texas High -- Brown (pictured above) definitely looked the part Sunday, when he measured 6-foot-3, 259 pounds and ran a solid 4.99-second 40. Brown, who has an FBS offer from Texas State and an FCS offer from Central Arkansas, also benched 225 pounds 12 times, which tied for first among the combine's 14 defensive linemen in the 2015 and 2016 classes. Brown was a hand full in 1-on-1 matchups as well. Texas High offensive coordinator Jeff Bryant said Brown has gotten a lot of FBS interest, including attention from Oklahoma State, Houston, Tulsa, and Arkansas State. Two 2016 defensive tackles impressed: Gladewater's Quanterius Turner and Marshall's Antonio Washington. Turner ran a sub-5.0 40 and benched 225 pounds 12 times at 6-foot-2, 281 pounds. Washington (6-0 1/2, 246) ran a 4.92 and was a beast in 1-on-1's, going toe-to-toe with Scout's Offensive Line MVP: Van 2015 guard Wyatt Santos.

NOTE: Another name worth mentioning is Kilgore 2015 prospect Jordan Thompson, who measured 6-foot-1, 191 pounds and ran the combine's third-fastest 40 at 4.43 seconds. He has a great frame and obviously exceptional speed, but he may be a man without a position. He was grouped with the linemen Sunday because he plays end at Kilgore, but he should have competed with the linebackers from a projection standpoint. He's long and athletic and has room on his frame to add weight. Thompson was great in pass-rushing drills. Maybe he could be a slightly undersized 3-4 stand-up edge player if he got to 6-1, 230 at some point? Thompson is one of the more intriguing and puzzling prospects I've seen this spring.

D-line honorable mention: Jassavia Reese, Quanterius Turner, Antonio Washington, Jordan Thompson.

Whitehouse 2015 LB Dominique Hollie


MVP: Dominique Hollie, 2015, Whitehouse -- Hollie measured 6-foot-1, 219 pounds and is very solidly built. He backed up his frame with good testing, which included a 4.79 laser 40, as well as 13 bench reps of 205 pounds. Hollie performed well in pass coverage drills, which is not a surprise considering that he's gotten FBS interest not only as a linebacker, but also a running back and a safety Hollie said TCU, Missouri, Texas Tech, UTSA, and Louisiana Tech have all been in contact with him. Other impressive linebackers included Tyler John Tyler 2015 prospect Jaylon Reese, a 6-foot, 224-pounder who had the most 205-pound bench reps (19) of the linebackers. Bullard Brook Hill senior-to-be Tyrone Brown also looked the part at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds with a very impressive 4.69 40, while Carthage 2015 prospect James Marshall looked 20 pounds heavier than his 5-foot-11, 183-pound measurement, which he coupled with a 4.67 40.

NOTE: Yes, another player of note who likely competed out of position: Lufkin 2016 prospect Bronson Massie, who measured 6-foot-3, 202 pounds and was grouped with the linebackers despite probably projecting best as an even-front defensive end. Massie was a terror in pass-rush drills and played faster than his 4.86 40 time. Don't be surprised if he becomes a coveted recruit in the state's 2016 class.

Linebacker honorable mention: Jaylon Reese, Tyrone Brown, James Marshall, Bronson Massie.

Tyler John Tyler 2015 CB Isaac Warren


MVP:Isaac Warren, 2015 CB, Tyler John Tyler -- Warren has seven FCS offers and has committed to Sam Houston State, but don't be surprised if the FBS programs come calling. He measured 6-foot-1, 187 pounds and ran strong 4.56 laser 40, as well as bench pressing 185 pounds 12 times, which tied for second-most among 19 defensive backs. Warren was a beast at the snap, when he repeatedly jammed receivers at the line. He pushes the limits of contact to the point of virtually daring someone to throw a flag. He had a highlight-reel, one-handed interception during the 1-on-1 matchups with receivers. Lindale 2015 cornerback Deandre Williams had a great day as well. He ran a 4.43 laser 40 at 5-foot-9 1/2, 168 pounds with a 124-inch broad jump, which was, like the 40 time, among the combine's best. Williams reported interest from UTSA. Tatum 2015 safety Chaston Brooks (6-0, 183, 4.76 40), Longview 2015 cornerback/safety Khalil Williams (5-11, 164, 4.56 40), and Tyler Chapel Hill 2016 cornerback Deundre Phillips (5-8 1/2, 165, 4.50 40) had impressive performances as well. Khalil Williams was among the event's most explosive players with a combine-best 38.6-inch vertical and a 124-inch broad jump, which tied for third of the 115 athletes.

Defensive backs honorable mention: Deandre Williams, Deundre Phillips, Chaston Brooks, Khalil Williams.

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