Central Texas Pre-Spring 2009 Top 25: 15-11

The countdown of Central Texas' finest in the Class of 2009 takes a look at prospects 15 to 11, which includes one of the few '09 pledges in the state.

There is a solid mix of prospects from the various regions of Central Texas in this continuation of the Pre-Spring Top 25 Prospect countdown of the Class of 2009. One from Austin, one from the Brazos Valley, two from the Killeen/Fort Hood Centroplex, and one from far West Central Texas (Brownwood).

All of the players on this list have put up some serious numbers and have some serious credentials to their name heading into their senior seasons.

15. Ryan Swope, RB, Austin Westlake
Swope was a starter at cornerback in 2006 when the Chaps advanced to the Class 5A state championship game. Last season he really showed his worth on offense when he was selected as the Offensive MVP of District 25-5A as he led a high powered Westlake offensive attack in both rushing (148-1,311-14) and receiving (23-521-7). Swope has legit track speed in the open field but as fast as he is, his best qualities as a runner might be his balance and vision.

14. Stavion Lowe, OL, Brownwood
Lowe really stood out at an underclassman combine last spring and he carried that success over the field where he earned first team all-District honors in District 16-4A as a junior. He is a big bodied tackle at 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, but unlike most big uglies he projects to stay at tackle because of his athleticism and footwork.

13. Michael Brown, OL, Lexington
Brown is the only Central Texas prospect in the class that has already ended the recruiting process as he has committed to Texas A&M, where he will join former Lexington teammate Andrew Wolridge and former Eagles standout Jordan Peterson. Brown is extremely physical at the point of attack and even though he plays high at times, he has the brute strength and nasty streak to be a big time contributor down the road for the Aggies.

12. Daniel Cobb, DB, Killeen Ellison
One of the best two players in the area as a junior, Cobb has been a varsity starter since the midpoint of his freshman year when then Eagles coach Bret Boyd used Cobb as a free safety and a punt returner. He is a good running back, but he is best suited for the safety position at the next level. He has solid straight line speed and quickness, but Cobb is a naturally gifted football player.

11. Tanner Brock, LB, Copperas Cove
I personally really like Brock because I watched him grow up when his father, current Copperas Cove defensive coordinator Reb Brock, was my football coach at Florence I.S.D. in the late 1990's. Reb Brock played football at Indiana and Tanner's older brother Logan signed with TCU last spring. Tanner Brock is extremely instinctive and has a nose for the football. He has a tremendous work ethic and is a big bodied linebacker that is an old school style smash mouth player.


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