Unless a high school team has bookend talents on the defensive line, most of the time a highly rated defensive end is going to see plays designed specifically to neutralize his abilities.
USC commit Hunter Echols is having to deal with that this season. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral edge rusher is seeing more teams run the ball in the opposite direction and attempt to throw short, quick passes to help negate his pass rushing ability.
In Cathedral's 50-6 win over Lynwood on Friday, Echols was credited with just two tackles, both for losses. He missed out on a sack when the quarterback slipped through his grasp, but he was able to get a handful of licks on the Lynwood passers and was credited with four hurries. As a junior, Echols had 17 sacks and 79 tackles with 27 of those for losses, according to MaxPreps.
Watch isolation clips of Hunter Echols, above, against Lynwood as he shows a variety of pass rush moves.
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