LonghornDigest.com Texas Top 50

LonghornDigest.com will break down the top 50 players in the state, five at a time. Greg Brantley leads Nos. 41-45.

41) Greg Brantley, OG, Carthage (Oklahoma State)

Brantley is another part of a strong Oklahoma State offensive line haul. Brantley plays tackle for Carthage, but looks like he'll fit best as a guard. He could be dominant there, thanks to his size (6-6 305), his length, feet and his punch. It's the latter part that stands out most on film: when he attaches to a defender, the player either goes down or backwards. Brantley has improved quite a bit over his high school career, though he still struggles at times in space, which makes that move to guard even more beneficial.

42) Michael Richardson, DE, DeSoto (Texas A&M)

Richardson is one of the more intriguing prospects in the state, a short defensive end who could potentially bump back to outside linebacker in pass-rushing situations. He excels at getting to the quarterback, in part because he uses his hands well and in part because his speed allows him to set up tackles. If they're slow off the ball, he's getting the corner. And if they react too quickly, Richardson has shown an ability to switch and rip. There's always a market for pure pass-rushers, and Richardson is excellent there.

43) Hassan Ridgeway, DE, Mansfield (Texas)

Ridgeway is one of the bigger physical freaks in the state, a 260-plus pound power end who can generate tremendous strength and who shows surprising top-end speed. You'd like to see a little bit more burst off the line, and his motor isn't always running as hot as you'd like. But in terms of physical tools, he's up in the state's upper echelon, right behind Mario Edwards and Javonte Magee. Ridgeway's size could push him inside if he keeps growing. Or, if he applies himself, he could be another Alex Okafor, a jumbo end who has seen success in Austin.

44) Daje Johnson, RB, Pflugerville Hendrickson (soft TCU)

Speed, speed and more speed. Johnson is one of the fastest players in the state, somebody who is running past safeties before defenses realize he's through the hole. Johnson has been clocked in the mid-to-low 4.3-second range and he uses it well. Most running backs Johnson's size are shiftier players, whereas he's more of a one-cut-and-go type. Johnson also plays cornerback, though his lack of height could impair his ability to play there at the next level. D.J. Monroe could be a good comparison here.

45) Alex De La Torre, LB, Denton Ryan (TEXAS)

De La Torre is more athletic than most give him credit for, but he's often contrasted with the athleticism of his teammate, Jordan Richmond. He has quick feet and has plenty of speed when he plants his foot and goes. He doesn't have great size, but he's constantly in the right position, reads plays as if he has a sixth sense. He's an ideal middle linebacker in that sense: he's always around the ball and he's a strong tackler with toughness at the point of attack.

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