The Texas Longhorns Zero in on the Defensive Line

As Texas enters the final march towards National Signing Day they are looking for a few more pieces on the defensive line. Malcolm Roach, Andrew Fitzgerald and Gerald Wilbon have made their intentions known as the staff turns their attention to the rest of the board.

Texas is off to a nice start with three defensive line commitments on board.  Andrew Fitzgerald checks in at 6-foot-5, 250-pounds, Malcolm Roach checks in at 6-foot-3, 240-pounds and Gerald Wilbon checks in at 6-foot-3, 311-pounds.  To be a truly special defensive line class the Longhorns need to bring in anywhere from three to four more players.  These are a few of the players Texas fans might need to keep an eye on as National Signing Day approaches.

 

The Usual Suspects

 

Defensive Tackle

 

D'Andre Christmas-Giles

6-foot-4, 300-pounds

New Orleans (LA)

St. Augustine High School

 

Mike Williams

6-foot-2, 300-pounds

Fort Worth (Texas)

All Saints Episcopal School

 

Williams is a talented defensive tackle prospect with good size for an even-front 3-technique role. Strong at the point of attack. Tough customer vs. run. Shows a good get-off to frequently give him leverage advantage. Sheds blocks with regularity and also makes plays with O-linemen hanging on him. Possesses ability to collapse pocket with bull rush. Improved technique/added moves to repertoire should make him fierce one-gap pass-rusher.-G.Brooks

 

Stephon Taylor

6-foot-6, 280-pounds

New Orleans (LA)

McDonogh Senior High School

 

Chris Daniels

6-foot-4, 300-pounds

Euless (Texas)

Trinity High School

 

He has the necessary size of an interior defensive line prospect, but has the get off and explosion of a defensive end and that is why colleges are lining up to get his signature. He would look good in multiple defensive fronts and alignments. He also has tremendous closing speed in the open field, which allows him to track down opposing ball carriers quickly and efficiently. His game changing kills are had to find in a defensive lineman. – GP

 

Marcel Southall

6-foot-3, 270-pounds

Duncanville (Texas)

Duncanville High School

 

Jordan Elliott

6-foot-4, 300-pounds

Houston (Texas)

Westside High School

 

Athletic enough to play defensive end and powerful enough to play inside and take on the double team as a defensive tackle. Very quick off the ball, and you often forget that he is a legit 300-pounder moving around the way he is. Very smooth and plays with a low center of gravity making it tough for offensive linemen to outposition him. Could be scheme versatile in college and play in many defenses, and that is why offers poured in for him. - GP

 

Defensive End

 

Mark Jackson

6-foot-2, 225-pounds

Cibolo (Texas)

Steele High School

 

Jackson spends most of his time playing in high school with his hand on the ground, but he is an all-around very athletic defender with great speed. He is an aggressive force and has stood out rushing the quarterback and making plays behind the line of scrimmage. He will do well chasing down players in the backfield and running sideline-to-sideline if he moves to outside backer in college. But he could also be a hybrid DE/OLB, splitting time. –GP

 

Alton Robinson

6-foot-2, 220-pounds

Converse (Texas)

Judson High School

 

Robinson is an instinctive pass-rusher who will be capable of playing an even-front 7-technique DE or an odd-front standing edge rusher at the Power Five level. Possesses good height w/great length and high frame potential. Uses swims/rips well. Unusually high production from odd-front DE spot for HS team. Gets hands up quickly, regularly disengages vs. run. Improved get-off consistency will make Robinson an even fiercer pass-rusher. -G. Brooks

 

Justin Madubuike

6-foot-4, 245-pounds

McKinney (Texas)

McKinney North High School

 

A high effort player. He is one who plays with maximum effort on each and every snap. He plays inside at defensive tackle in a 4-3, and despite being a bit undersized for that position he is able to control the line of scrimmage and make plays behind the line of scrimmage. Causes disruption with his penetration. Has the edge rush ability once he moves out to d-end. He has strong hands to shed blocks if he gets locked up. Plays low and gap sound.

 

Rahssan Thornton

6-foot-3, 220-pounds

Killeen (Texas)

Shoemaker High School

Pure speed off of the edge he is just finding out what type of player he can be, or how good he can be on the next level. He has a fast first step and beats offensive linemen with his all-around quickness. Shows good closing speed and agility. He will likely be used as a pass rush specialist as he goes to the next level, but he is still getting developed from a technique standpoint, so could grow into more of a complete DE. Physical specimen. 


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