LonghornDigest.com 2014 Texas Top 50

LonghornDigest.com is counting down the top 50 players in the state, five at a time. An LSU commitment leads Nos. 41-45.

41) Chris Hardeman, CB, Alief Taylor — LSU

At 5-8 190, Hardeman is thickly built like a safety, and he lacks ideal height. But he can be an awfully tough cover guy, especially in bump-and-run, when he can redirect the players in front of him. He also has the straight-line speed to run with most receivers downfield, and isn't afraid to throw his pads around.

42) Josh Malin, OL/DL, Cibolo Steele

Could the state's best offensive line prospect not play on the offensive line? Malin is 6-6 260, runs 4.8 and looks somewhat slender. He could play at 300-plus pounds at the next level, which means the physical defensive end is likely to either bump inside in college or move across the line, potentially to an offensive tackle spot.

43) Jovan Pruitt, OL, Dallas Bishop Dunne

As you'll notice, I have the top offensive tackle prospects mostly grouped, because there isn't a huge difference. Pruitt may have the most upside because of his size (6-6 290) and his athleticism. He's not an elite guy at this point, but Pruitt could very well turn into one.

44) Josh Mabin, LB, Klein Oak

Find the ball, and you'll find Mabin. The Klein Oak middle linebacker tracks the football about as well as anybody in this Texas class, and when he arrives, he arrives angry. Mabin is a tremendous hitter with range who will likely become a prototypical MIKE at the next level. Times his blitzes well.

45) Tyus Barrett, OL, Dallas Skyline

Another one of the top offensive tackle group, Barrett is a pretty good athlete who has the quick feet you like to see out of a tackle prospect. And at Skyline, he's had plenty of chances to pass protect. He isn't quite as much of a mauler as you'd like in the running game, but with added strength, the 6-4 300-pound Barrett could get better there.

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