LonghornDigest.com Texas Top 50

LonghornDigest.com will break down the top 50 players in the state, five at a time. Jordan Richmond leads Nos. 46-50.

46) Jordan Richmond, LB, Denton Ryan (Texas A&M)

Richmond had both the benefit and the struggle of playing next to teammate Alex De La Torre. It was great in that the duo helped to key Ryan's dominant defense. But the struggle came in that most people judged the two against each other. The general consensus seemed to go something like De La Torre was the better player, but Richmond was the better prospect. Here, we'll just say that Richmond's frame and athleticism make him somebody to watch at the next level in College Station.


47) Hiva Lutui, OG, Euless Trinity (uncommitted)

Lutui gets underrated because of his size (6-1 270), but he's clearly one of the best interior blockers in the state. Lutui showcases outstanding strength, often mauling opponents and blowing them off the line of scrimmage in the run game. His size, and subsequent lack of length, does create concerns for the next level, but at a position like center, his ability to move and root hog defenders off their spots could come in awfully handy.


48) Aiavion Edwards, S, Stephenville (Baylor)

Edwards starred at running back for Stephenville, and he shows the ability to play that position in college. But his best position is probably as a strong safety. Edwards already has great size at 6-1 200, and he runs well enough to project as a plus athlete at that spot in college. It's a strong year for in-state safeties, but it isn't unreasonable to think that Edwards could be among the best in this class by the time his college career is finished. The tools are there.


49) Germain Ifedi, OL, Houston Westside (Oklahoma State)

Ifedi moves well enough at 6-5 305 that you could project him as a defensive tackle. But toss him at offensive guard, and his mobility truly stands out. He needs some work on the technique side of things, but when he comes off the ball low and hard, he typically moves the pile. And his feet help him track defenders at the second level and make blocks in space. He fits the kind of big-framed, mobile offensive linemen that Oklahoma State utilizes in its spread offense.


50) Deatrich Wise, DE, Hebron (Arkansas)

Wise is a versatile defensive lineman who plays both on the inside and outside for his Hebron team. His frame (6-5 220) would suggest an end at the next level, and he's somebody who plays quicker than his listed 4.9-second 40 time. He's raw, but his length allows him to keep linemen off his body, and he shows some pass-rush ability when he's dialed in. Wise is a likely redshirt candidate, but after a year or two, he's somebody who should contribute at a high level.


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