Texas Trio: Defensive Ends

Texas has several high-level prospects at the defensive end position. Read more below.

1) Mario Edwards, Denton Ryan (Florida State)

Edwards is arguably the top overall prospect in the state, a pass-rushing defensive end who is exceedingly stout against the run. At 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, his body isn't far from the frame of an NFL end, and he has that kind of athleticism as well. Edwards displays great strength, enough to be called a power end at this point, though he also has fantastic quickness and a high-level motor. He's just the type of three-down end that every team looks for, making him a top-10 national prospect. Edwards chose Florida State over offers from most of the country.

2) Javonte Magee, San Antonio Sam Houston (undecided)

Magee could be listed as a tackle, but I've put him at end because he fits the ideal mold of a 3-4 defensive end. Magee has an unreal size and speed combination at 6-6.5 and 273 pounds, and when you see him, he has the length to add even more weight comfortably. Magee has been clocked in the 4.75-second range in the 40-yard dash, and it's not hard to picture him playing at 300 pounds as a 3-4 end in the NFL. He has offers from a number of schools either as a 4-3 tackle or a 3-4 end.

3) Devonte Fields, Arlington Martin (TCU)

While both Edwards and Magee could be considered power ends, Fields is arguably the top speed-rusher in this state's class. On film, Fields appears to be a raw player, but there's nothing raw about his tremendous get-off and speed around the edge. Fields has fantastic short-area quickness, and he could be the next high-level pass rusher to play a big part in TCU's defense.

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Hassan Ridgeway would certainly seem to be on the move up. The Texas commitment had a great showing on the camp circuit, weighing in at 6-4 240 and displaying surprising athleticism that didn't appear on his film. Ridgeway is powerful and uses his hands well, and he has great closing speed. He lacks Fields' get-off, but he makes up for it by excelling against the run. Fellow Longhorn signee Caleb Bluiett is a raw, but athletic, prospect.

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