Hot Button: Who Is The Best 2014 LB?

The Pony Stampede staff debates which 2014 commit is the best linebacker in the class

Scott argues for Caleb Tuiasosopo- Although Tuiasosopo has had significant knee problems, he showed this season while playing for Tyler Junior College that he can stay healthy and be productive (86 tackles). At 6-foot-2, 250-pounds, Tuiasosopo has great size, plays down hill and has the experience to win the starting job in 2014.

Tuiasosopo does not shy away from contact and sheds his blocks well, which is exactly what you look for in a linebacker. While the linebacker may not have the highest ceiling, he is definitely the most game-ready linebacker in this class.

Adam argues for Inoke Ngalo- When three-star linebacker Inoke Ngalo decommitted from Houston, it presented a golden opportunity for the Mustangs and the coaching staff jumped on it. Though slightly undersized at 5-foot-11, 209-pounds, Ngalo tore it up as a senior on a Euless Trinity team that made the state quarterfinals. He led the team with 139 tackles and hits with force, as evident by two forced fumbles on the season. With 1.5 sacks and five quarterback hurries, he also showed an ability to get after the quarterback, a versatility that the Mustangs desperately need from their linebackers. He showed off his speed when he went 55-yards for a touchdown on his only interception return of the season.

What's even better is in his three visits this week he built a genuine camaraderie with his future teammates and the importance of that cannot be overstated on the defensive side of the ball. As one of the highest ranked players in this recruiting class, Ngalo will be expected to contribute quickly and he seems up for the challenge, which is encouraging for Mustangs fans. June Jones thought Ngalo was important enough to this recruiting class that he helped Tom Mason with the recruiting effort, and that says a lot.

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