Top Five Defensive Ends takes a look at the top players in the state of Texas. Defensive ends are next.

1) Jake Raulerson, Celina (Texas)

Raulerson is so difficult to project at 6-5 245. If he plays offense, he could be among the state's best offensive offensive linemen with tons of length and outstanding strength in his hands. It stands then, to suggest that Raulerson could also be an elite 3-4 defensive end, somebody who could play at 275 or 280 and play a J.J. Watt type role. Either way, he's among the state's top 10 overall players.

2) Torrodney Prevot, Alief Taylor

There aren't any players quicker off the edge in the state than Prevot, who runs in the mid-4.5-second range in the 40-yard dash. His size — he only weighs 207 pounds — has led some teams to offer him as a linebacker, but he's probably best as a 240-250-pound rush end, the kind of player that gives spread offensive linemen all kinds of issues on passing situations. He might be a top-10 in-state player as well.

3) Daeshon Hall, Lancaster (Texas)

It seems strange to say about a 6-6 player with extremely long arms, but not even Hall can touch his ceiling right now. Hall has tremendous potential with a great frame, athleticism and pass-rush ability. He can make offensive linemen look silly at times, and once he fills out into the 260-pound range, those results will only come more often.

4) Christian Lacouture, A&M Consolidated

The one-time Aggie commit destroys offensive tackles in pass-rush drills, but he might also be destined for defensive tackle with his size potential. So we'll cut the difference and call him a 3-4 defensive end. Lacouture is already well built, has great polish and moves and just keeps getting better every time you see him. He could be an outstanding player at the next level.

5) Tyus Bowser, Tyler John Tyler

Size. That's the main concern with Bowser, who might not even be 6-3. But he uses his hands well enough that he keeps offensive linemen off his body, and he uses his quickness so, so well. His hands allow him to be a better-than-expected run defender, and he can certainly go get the quarterback.

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