Keondre Coburn (© Greg Powers)

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

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

The Top Five

1. Michael Thompson, St. Louis (Mo.) Parkway North

Thompson is a two-way player in high school, but is projected at this time to end up playing defensive tackle once he arrives on the college scene, but he is also a dominant blocker. It is quite impressive the level that he is able to play out on both sides of the ball, especially in the trenches, and he will only get quicker and more coordinated as he matures into his frame. On defense, he can close and get to the football quickly. In the camp setting he has proven that his quickness is tough for interior offensive line prospects to deal with. His development on and off the field will be key, but once he settles in at one position he should be an All-Conference type of talent. Thompson has a national offer list, but recently toured schools like Alabama, FloridaFlorida StateLSU and Mississippi.

2. Keondre Coburn, Spring (Texas) Westfield

Coburn plays for a team that has been known to produce high level college players at defensive tackle and he is next in that string of recruits. He is powerful at the point of attack, plays with good pad level, and is explosive with his first step. He uses his hands well to handle offensive linemen and play off of blocks. He is a gap-plugger, but he is able to also get pressure and make plays behind the line of scrimmage. He closes well and arrives at ball carriers with bad intentions. Coburn has 20-plus offers but most often mentions schools like TCUTexas, and Texas A&M.

3. Trevor Trout, St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade

Trout is a tank in the middle of his defense. He is the type of prospect in the middle who will command a double team and once he is established into a gap he will not be moved. He has a pretty quick first step for a big guy and is very strong. He is at his best when he is blowing up blocks and helping to control the opponents run game. As he grows and matures and gains more natural strength he is definitely a guy who can take on and defeat double-teams. He is a defensive tackle who can move around the line of scrimmage and help be a disruptive force on the inside and collapse the pocket. Trout holds many offers, but recently mentioned OklahomaMissouriUCLA and USC as schools he is in contact with the most. 

4. Bobby Brown, Arlington (Texas) Lamar

With outstanding frame potential for the interior defensive line in multiple schemes, Bobby Brown has emerged as one of the top D-line prospects in the state of Texas for the 2018 class. Brown possesses good height and rare length, even for a defensive end, though he projects best to the interior as a tackle, most likely in a four-man front. That said, Brown has the athleticism to fit multiple roles in varying schemes, giving him coveted scheme- and position-versatility. 

5. Calvin Avery, Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne

Avery is very strong at the point of attack and dominates the private school offensive linemen that he is matched up against. He is not only much stronger than those who line up across from him, he is also much quicker than them and that creates a combination that is tough to manage and he quite often ends up in the backfield making a play. That domination has led to a national offer list. Avery also plays the game with some nasty. He needs to work on playing with better pad level and technique, but he is a big-time hitter and when he makes contact ball carriers go down instantly. 

The Best of the Rest

6. Dare Rosenthal, Ferriday (La.)

http://www.scout.com/player/199702-dare-rosenthal

7. Davin Cotton, Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian

http://www.scout.com/player/202961-davin-cotton

8. Daniel Parker, Blue Springs (Mo.)

http://www.scout.com/player/210624-daniel-parker

9. Jordan Kelley, Tulsa (Okla.) Union

http://www.scout.com/player/209528-jordan-kelley

10. Joshua Landry, Houston (Texas) Lamar

http://www.scout.com/player/207636-joshua-landry

Scout regional analyst Gabe Brooks contributed to this report.


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