episode xIII: for years, offense
has ruled over opposing defenses.
But this year, the defense will rise
up and strike back. A dominant
front seven and an fearsome
defensive backfield will once again
rule texas high school football.
rAIn or shIne, hot or Cold, offense or defense – however cycles ebb and flow, the time has come for the defense to shine. Texas has
some of the most talented defensive players
the state has seen in years. in fact, a case can
be made that there’s never been a single class
so full of defensive talent.
“Nearly every [college] coach i’ve ever seen
on TV has come walking into my office in the
last year,” Coppell coach Joe mcBride said. “it’s
The magnet at Coppell is senior defensive
lineman Solomon Thomas. he has offers from
every school he can nod toward. The parade of
college coaches then usually heads 11 miles
north, directly to hebron high School to see
nationally rated defensive back Jamal Adams.
At Beaumont Ozen, the attraction is senior
cornerback Tony Brown. About 70 miles to the
south, journeys are mapped to check out La
Porte linebacker hoza Scott, one of the first in
the Class of 2014 to jump on the Texas A&m
bandwagon during last season’s heisman Trophy run by quarterback Johnny manziel.
From La Porte, the parade heads toward
houston to find defensive back Nick harvey –
another coveted A&m commit – at Fort Bend
Travis. Two-time defending national champion
Alabama has picked up its air miles from Tus-caloosa to houston to get a commitment from
North Shore linebacker Zach Whitley.
Checking out San Antonio? defensive end
derik Roberson of SA Brennan will be the next
blue-chip for another of Texas’ highly rated
recruiting classes. And don’t forget East Texas.
Texarkana Liberty-Eylau’s davion hall is a more
classic athlete who currently stars at running
back, but is projected by most as a future safety
at the school of his choosing.
“We’ve seen this class coming for a few years,”
Rivals.com recruiting analyst Jason howell said.
“And it’s as good as we thought it was.”
Texas has a wide and deep history of defense
– no matter if the discussion focuses on the
best defenses of all time or the best all-time
defenders. The 1983 Class 3A state champi-
onship team at daingerfield high School set
shutout records and sent several players to col-
lege, including future NFL standout Eric Everett,
younger brother of Thomas. A case can also be
made that houston yates’ 1985 Class 5A state
championship team was the most dominating
defense after it suffocated Odessa Permian in
a 37-0 state final.
Solomon Thomas, Coppell
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