Way-Too-Early 2014 Texas Top 10 Defense

Defensive backs load up the state of Texas defensive top-25 group, though the top-rated player plays a different position.

1) Hoza Scott, LB, La Porte — Could play all three linebacker spots, or even excel rushing the passer off the edge.

2) Tony Brown, CB, Beaumont Ozen — Most versatile defensive back in the class can play any secondary position. Great size and great athlete.

3) Solomon Thomas, DE, Coppell — A freak athletically for his size, projects as an ideal strong-side defensive end.

4) Edward Paris, S, Mansfield Timberview — Some think he's fluid enough to play corner, but has size, physicality and straight-line speed of an ideal safety.

5) Nick Watkins, CB, Dallas Bishop Dunne — Best pure corner in the in-state class, wrapped in a 6-foot-1 package.

6) Jamal Adams, S, Lewisville Hebron — Another player who could play multiple spots, Adams has high-level cover skills and is incredibly competitive.

7) Derick Roberson, DE, San Antonio Brennan (Texas) — A pure pass-rusher, Roberson is a nightmare off the edge with first-step quickness and fluidity.

8) Nick Harvey, CB, Lancaster — Most years, might be the No. 1 corner. Is enough of a playmaker to excel on offense as well.

9) Davion Hall, S, Texarkana Liberty Eylau — Elite frame at 6-2 to 6-3, and plenty of speed to boot. High ceiling.

10) Zach Whitley, LB, Galena North Shore — Nasty run-stuffer snuffs out plays between the tackles. Can run, too.

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