Lancaster loaded with defensive prospects

Lancaster High in South Dallas has produced their fair share of football prospects over the years. The next two years will be more of the same with an emphasis on defensive prospects including junior defensive backs Tyler Stephenson and Quentin Hayes. Burnt Orange Beat stopped in Lancaster yesterday to talk with both defenders and the coaching staff.

To say the Lancaster Tigers football program is deep and talented on defense would be an understatement. Like last year, the Tigers will feature one of the top defensive backfields in the state of Texas with as many as four Football Bowl Subdivision prospects led by corner Tyler Stephenson and safety Quentin Hayes.

In Stephenson and Hayes, Lancaster has two of the fastest and quickest prospects in the state of Texas. Stephenson, 5-10, 160 pounds with long arms, is one of the top returning hurdlers in the state consistently running in the low 37's in the 300-intermediate hurdles. Hayes, 5-11, 176 pounds with a physical nature, runs the fastest time in the forty on the Lancaster team clocking anywhere from 4.37 to 4.41 on the coaching staff's watches.

On Tuesday at Lancaster, head coach Andrew Jackson spoke about his fast rising juniors.

"Quentin Hayes and Tyler Stephenson are getting a lot of attention," Jackson said. "Quentin has been offered by Texas A&M, Baylor, Purdue and Tulsa. Tyler has been offered by North Carolina, Texas A&M, Baylor, Purdue and Tulsa that I know of. I think they will go to Baylor this weekend (Sunday) and then Texas on the 28th for that junior day. I think Texas might be interested in them both. Maybe Tyler more," Jackson suggested.

Coach Jackson added, "I think Quentin is my best overall prospect in that junior class. He's a legit high 4.3's guy. He ran 4.37 and 4.41 recently. He'll hit you too. A lot of people like Tyler because of his footwork and quickness. He's a low 4.5's type, but will run a high 4.4 sometimes. Quentin is a safety and Tyler a corner," Jackson said.

Joining Hayes and Stephenson is a talented junior class is defensive end Darrius Lively (6-3, 215), defensive tackle Ronald Huckaby (6-2, 260), receiver Quinton Ross (5-7, 165, 4.45), safety Kendall Hayes (5-10, 175, 4.55) and running back Torrey Harris (5-10, 185), who transferred from Midlothian in January.

The talent pool doesn't end with the 2010 class. In fact, the most highly sought prospect in the program will likely come from the 2011 class in linebacker Trey Brown. The 6-0.5, 205 pound hard hitting outside linebacker has already caught the attention of programs from coast to coast.

"Trey Brown had a great year. He's probably between 6-0 and 6-1 and weighs about 205. He was first team all-district and all of the coaches are already asking about him," Jackson said.

In fact, one Big 10 coach remarked after watching about ten clips of Brown that he will be offered by every top program in the region.

Joining Brown in the sophomore class is defensive end Lance Skyler. Skyler, 6-3, 220 pounds, has caught the attention of Coach Jackson in the weight room since the season ended.

"Man, just wait until you see Lance. He looks different since the last time you were here. He's toned up and looks great. He's going to be a guy that a lot of people will recruit," Jackson said.

Jackson added that sophomore receiver Cedric Gilbert (6-3, 185) falls in line with Brown and Skyler in the 2011 class, "Cedric Gilbert is going to be one. He's tall, fast and strong. He's going to have a lot of schools after him too."

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