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Breaking Down the Top 10 Highest Rated Defensive Ends in the Midlands Region

Who are the highest rated defensive ends in the Midlands region before the spring evaluation period hits? Scout takes a closer examination.

The Top Five

1. Max Wright, Katy (Texas) Taylor

HT: 6'4 | WT: 276

Wright assembled a great comeback year as a junior and re-established himself as one of the top overall prospects in Texas for 2018. He is big and agile, has really good hips, and he's quick enough to make plays behind the line of scrimmage, while also being strong enough to hold up and defend against the run game. Have any type of doubts of what type of athlete Wright is? Then check out the highlights of him running with the football. Wright's running back days may soon be over, but his football days are not. He's an elite defensive end prospect who will likely fit multiple schemes. Wright is considering offers from programs like AlabamaTexas, Texas A&M, and many more. 

2. Ron Tatum III, Putnam City (Okla.)

HT: 6'4 | WT: 250 

For a big-framed defensive end type Tatum is pretty quick off the ball, with good frame potential to undergo a transformation in college. He has a quick first step and he is an ideally a big defensive end at the next level with the possibility of moving into the interior of the defensive line as he grows and matures. He has the strength to handle interior lineman and double teams at the high school level right now, but he also has quickness to play on the edge and get past offensive tackles and create havoc in the backfield. He needs to continue to develop his and moves and techniques, but has a lot of upside. Offers from schools like AlabamaOklahoma, and Texas.

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3. Jarell Cherry, Dallas (Texas) Carter

HT: 6'3 | WT: 229 

An athletic edge rusher prospect who could potentially play an even-front end or odd-front hybrid outside linebacker at the Power Five conference level. Cherry has primarily played an odd-front end covered up in high school, but he will be at home as a true edge defender in college. Cherry's athleticism also means that there's a chance he could play an outside linebacker position in a 4-3 defense. He's a sprinter during track season and his natural athleticism is one of his best attributes as a prospect. He'll need to add bulk and strength, but possesses the frame to do so. He is committed to LSU.

4. Ronnie Perkins, St. Louis (Mo.) Lutheran North

HT: 6'4 | WT: 245 

This guy is an impressively explosive defender who has a very quick get off the line and the ability to dominate the high school level of competition. He has a strong and compact frame and he seems very strong at the point of attack. He slides around the defensive front showcasing is versatility on his highlight tape. He can play the run and he can rush the passer. As we pointed out, Perkins is very good at the point of attack. He can take on the block, shed, and make the play down the line of scrimmage or behind it. Off the edge as a rusher, he moves pretty well for his size. He has an elite offer list with P5 offers coming in from all the major conferences. 

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5. Joseph Ossai, Conroe (Texas) Oak Ridge

HT: 6'4 | WT: 217 

Ossai is a long-framed, athletic edge defender who could play 4-3 defensive end or odd-front hybrid outside linebacker at the Power Five conference level. Ossai possesses a terrific frame to add weight and he flashes a quick get-off. He has fast, violent hands that will be even more useful as he improves his pass-rushing repertoire. Has a high interest listed in Alabama and Texas A&M. 

Best of the Rest

6. Jalen Redmond, Midwest City (Okla.)

7. Daniel Carson, Independence (Mo.) William Chrisman

8. Miles Emery, Overland Park (Kan.) Blue Valley North

9. Izaih Filikitonga, Euless (Texas) Trinity

10. Ochaun Mathis, Manor (Texas)

Scout regional analyst Gabe Brooks contributed to this report. 

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