Charlie Strong and Texas Looking for Defensive Ends in 2017

Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns staff signed an amazing defensive line class in 2016. Coach Strong inked big time players such as Jordan Elliott, Chris Daniels, Marcel Southall, D’Andre Christmas-Giles, Andrew Fitzgerald, Erick Fowler and Malcolm Roach.

The defensive end position will be a position of need for defensive line coach Brick Haley and the rest of the Longhorns coaching staff.  Texas has extended offers to six defensive ends at this time.  Lagaryonn Carson, Robert Beal, Taquon Graham, K’Lavon Chassion, Earnest Brown and Isaiah Buggs have verbal offers from the Texas Longhorns.

 

Lagaryonn Carson

Texas Verbal

Five-Star

6-foot-4

261-pounds

Texarkana (Texas)

Liberty-Eylau High School

Scout Overall Rank No 24

Position Rank No 2

Midland DE Rank No 1

Texas DE Rank No 1

 

Scout Take

 

Carson is a dominating force. He is always around the football making things happen. He is the best player on the field every time that he steps on one. He is still a bit raw, so that just makes him that much more intriguing. Players with his size are not usually as explosive as he is. He gets off the ball quick at times and his closing speed in the open field is surprising. He is still growing but at 6'4, 260 he could play defensive end in an odd or even front, also possibly sliding around along the defensive front to create mismatches for offensive linemen. We really like his motor. He will chase down plays from behind and does not give up on plays. He is a tackle collector at the line of scrimmage and his stats are better than the highest thought of linebackers. - Greg Powers

 

Robert Beal

6-fooot-4

220-pounds

Four-Star

Norcross (GA)

Norcross High School

Scout Overall Rank No 96

Position Rank No 8

South DE Rank No 3

Georgia DE Rank No 1

 

Scout Take

 

Will Beal be a rush end or a stand-up linebacker on the next level? He could project as either and he could do either well. He is a lean end right now with length and athleticism. He can run, he can chase the ball, and he can really close on the ball. Needs to work on his first step and add weight and strength to be better against the run. He is most about speed and determination right now.

 

Taquon Graham

Four-Star

6-foot-3

251-pounds

Temple (Texas)

Temple High School

Scout Overall Rank No 103

Position Rank No 9

Midland DE Rank No 3

Texas DE Rank No 3

 

Scout Take

 

Graham gets after the quarterback and puts a ton of pressure on the offensive backfield. He is a new-age weapon at the positon that is able to slide around and confuse offensive coordinators and offensive linemen from where he will be bringing pressure. Look for him to be a guy who can put his hand on the ground as a true defensive end, but can also stand up as a linebacker as well. He runs extremely well in the open field. - Greg Powers

 

K’Lavon Chaisson

Four-Star

6-foot-4

220-pounds

Galena Park (Texas)

North Shore Sr. High School

Scout Overall Rank No 46

Position Rank No 4

Midland DE Rank No 2

Texas DE Rank No 2

 

Scout Take

 

Chaisson has what like to describe as a very high motor and is a player who can get after the quarterback early and and then he will do it often. We like that he stepped up on the big stage to help his team win a state title, earning defensive MVP honors in the contest and making a play inside the 10-yard line to secure the win. Big players make big plays on the big stages. He has great speed rush abilities and instincts, but is also strong enough to hold his ground and play tough against the run. A well-rounded prospect, who has room to grow and mature into a top-tier physical specimen. - Greg Powers

 

Earnest Brown IV

Four-Star

6-foot-5

234-pounds

Denton (Texas)

Ryan High School

Scout Overall Rank No 207

Position Rank No 17

Midland DE Rank No 4

Texas DE Rank No 4

 

Scout Take

 

Earnest Brown IV is a high-motor, high-energy defensive lineman with experience at the high school level as an interior defender who projects best to college as an edge player. Great frame potential thanks to legitimate 6-foot-5 height and long arms. Ample space to add quality bulk. Consistently disengages to make plays against the run. Length aids disengaging ability. Flashes multiple pass-rushing skills, including swim, rip, and bull rush, from interior line position. Skills should translate to a strong-side defensive end position in college. Plays through the whistle. Because of height and length, can sometimes play a bit high, affecting leverage, and can improve lateral mobility. That said, Brown possesses plus-athleticism for his projected SDE position and is a bona fide high-major talent. - Gabe Brooks

 

Isaiah Buggs

6-foot-4

260-pounds

Ruston (LA)

Mississippi Gulf Coast

 

As a freshman, Buggs posted just under 60 tackles, four sacks and eight tackles-for-loss.  He is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two after this season.  Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Florida, Louisville, Texas and Ole Miss are a few that have extended offers at this time. 


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