Top Five Linebackers

LonghornDigest.com takes a look at the top in-state players for the Class of 2013. Here's a peek at the top linebackers.

1) Deoundrei Davis, Cypress Woods (Texas)

Davis has just outstanding speed for the position. With the proliferation of the spread, coaches like players who can play in space, and Davis definitely meets that description. While he's quick off the ball, it seems like his final few steps are even quicker, and he does a great job of slipping through blocks and finishing plays off. Davis projects as a 225-230 pound outside linebacker who can play all three downs.


2) Raaquan Davis, Rockwall Heath

Davis is from the Peter Jinkens school of safety type athletes projecting to linebacker. Like Deoundrei Davis, Raaquan is an excellent tackler and player in space, showcasing the ability to cover and come up in the run game. Raaquan actually plays safety for his high school team, but at 6-2 200, and with Davis's frame, he could bump down at the next level.


3) Deon Hollins, Missouri City Marshall (UCLA)

UCLA grabbed an excellent player in Hollins, the best pass-rushing outside linebacker in the in-state class. In fact, Hollins was so good at getting after the quarterback that some projected him as a defensive end, until he began testing out well enough to play standing up. Still, don't be surprised if the Bruins send him enough to take advantage of his best talent.


4) Mike Mitchell, Prestonwood Christian

Speaking of defensive ends that weren't, Mitchell stands out as another player who found himself a position on the camp circuit. People were quick to look at his frame — he's 6-4 220 — and pencil him in as an edge rusher, but the way he moves his feet places him as the best middle linebacker in the state, somebody who could play at 240-250 pounds with no problem


5) Brett Wade, Kennedale

The second-best middle linebacker, Wade has actually seen a bit of a stock drop as guys like Deoundrei Davis and Mitchell really began to rise on the scene. Wade is 6-2 215, and doesn't necessarily appear to be the best in-space guy on the board. But he's a mashing hitter who is outstanding against the run, and his straight-lined speed allows him to get sideline-to-sideline.


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