LonghornDigest.com 2014 Texas Top 50

We're finally at the top! The top five players in the LonghornDigest.com Texas Top 50 are ...

1) Tony Brown, CB, Beaumont Ozen

When handing out physical tools, it's hard to beat somebody with Tony Brown's gifts. Standing at 6-foot and 190 pounds, Brown has the size to play safety. But then you add in that he's repeatedly run electronically timed 40s in the 4.3s and has an official (read: non-wind aided) 100-meter dash time in the low 10.5s. But he's not just straight-line fast either. Brown has the feet and the hips to develop into a true shutdown corner at the next level. Ran a 4.37 electronic 40-yard dash at the Dallas NFTC, while also running a 3.91 shuttle.

2) Hoza Scott, LB, La Porte — Texas A&M

What do you do with a linebacker who is athletic enough to play wide receiver on your 7-on-7 team? Delight as he chases down opposing skill players. Scott is an elite edge player with speed and bend, an already college-sized linebacker who runs like a safety but hits like somebody 250 pounds. Can rush the passer or drop back into coverage and be elite at either. A true impact defender.

3) Jamal Adams, S, Lewisville Hebron

While Brown may have Adams on pure physical tools, Adams may be the best defensive back in the state at this point. Adams has put hours into his footwork and it shows, in that he could be a bump-and-run corner at the next level. But his best position is at safety because he's tremendously physical and has the range and ball skills to excel. Could play any spot in the secondary.

4) Solomon Thomas, DL, Coppell

Thomas isn't quite as elite athletically as the guys ahead of him on this list. But no defensive lineman in the state makes more of a play-by-play impact. Thomas has college defensive end size right now at 6-3 256, and he's powerful against the run. What makes Thomas truly special though is his balance — he's an outstanding pass-rusher with an array of moves and surprising quickness. He had the top SPARQ score of any defensive lineman at the Dallas NFTC.

5) Jerrod Heard, QB, Denton Guyer — Texas

At times a dizzying runner, Heard is more than just a quick-footed athlete. Has leadership, moxie and accuracy, three of the most important traits for a quarterback, even if he doesn't have a cannon for an arm. Really throws a nice deep ball and has improved as a passer in each of the past three seasons. Led Guyer to the state championship by scoring seven touchdowns in the title game.

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