2023 Defensive line Hidden Gems to know this fall

May 19, 2022


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To say we have an impressive list to bring you today would be an understatement. Let us not brag on ourselves, but on the great fans of Texas High School football; we are talking about you ,and all those that chimed in on our social media to help bring some of these athletes we have never even heard of until now–a spotlight. So what we are about to get into are some of the best hidden gem 2023 defensive linemen recruits and edge rushers here your backyards that will undoubtedly be well known names this season for most.

Zachary Chapman (23) | 6’5, 250 | DL | Fort Bend Marshall

Although not so much a hidden gem so much now; Chapmans recruitment didn’t stat heating up until recently. Twelve of his 16 total offers coming this year. Chapman has a great lengthy-lean build with long arms that he uses for some pretty lethal hand moves. Loved Chapmans high motor, mix of hand moves and pad level getting to the QB. With his size and athleticism and if the speed improves a bit, Chapman could be a prospect with over 30-40 offers by this time next year.

DK Kalu (23) | 6’4″, 250 | DL | Ridge Point

DK has some roots. Father was a former division I player for Rice in the NFL. Last year was quite limited due to injury; however, was able to put out enough good tape for teams to take interest and now his recruitment has skyrocketed this year. Nearly half of his total division I scholarship offers coming with then the past few months for Kalu.(7) A dominate defensive tackle who stock will continue to rise well into his senior season this fall.

Dylan Spencer (23) | 6’5, 245 | DL | C.E. King

The longhorns landed them selves a good one, Spencer only had 8 total division I offers before committing tot he Longhorns and his recruitment was just on the rise. It will be interesting to see he if Dylan continues to attract more offers through the rest of this year after his commitment to the longhorns.

Michael Madrie (23) | 6’5″,  235 | DL | Argyle

4-out-5 total division I offers came back-to-back for Madrie. Who has offered you might ask? Offers: Tulane, UNT, the Ragin Cajuns, and UTSA; all within a span of 16 days. Keep your eye out for this defensive linemen recruit who is fixing to make some noise and shake up headlines this fall. Great size and physicality for an interior defensive linemen.

Jayden Cofield (23) | 6’3″, 300 | DL | Del Valle

Although committed to the Texas Tech Red Raiders; that hasn’t stopped interest from schools that coming in for Cofield. Committed to the Red Raiders back in April of this year; since then, Cofield has picked up offer from Baylor, and Minnesota, and we don’t see any end in sight for this guy. In 2021 Cofield really made his name known; earning 11-5A-I Defensive Newcomer of the Year.

Devin Strange (23) | 6’1″, 220 | DL | Liberty Christian

Holds two offers to Michigan and Southern Miss. Devin has a motor and physicality about him that you’d like to see with guys off the edge. Strange, can fly towards the ball carrier and never give up on plays with his high motor and relentless pursuit. Strange, can put his hand down or stand up and is great against the run. If developed further, could evolve into a highly rated and sought after recruit.

Elijah Fields (23) | 6’1, 260 | DL | Spring 
Elijah is a very raw interior defensive linemen with a quick first step and some impressive strength. He caught our eyes with his ability to find his way into backfields quickly and shows a high purist paired with good speed and agility. Looks very athletic for an interior of a DL and could possibly play the edge in a 3-4 type of scheme. Has the athleticism and strength to dominate in the trenches.

Chase Edwards (23) | 6’8, 240 | Edge | Cypress Falls

Well ladies and gentlemen, we cannot begin to put into words how impressed with Chase , and rarely does that happen. We could use this entire article filling up a nice description of what a beast of the edge Chase is. At 6’8 he is already a matchup nightmare; that combined with his speed, strength and athletics off the edge. We feel confident in going to give Chase the way to early title of Defensive Newcomer of the Year, Break out player of the year what every you want to call it. But give me a guy with Chase’s size and speed of the edge who can beat blockers on a constant bases anyway. This guy projects long term success not only at the college level but at the professional as well. We could see him being a early round draft pick in the NFL in the future and we hope we get to look back on this with and see it come to fruition.

Ivan Pena (23) | 6’1, 230 | DL | Guyer

Ivan looks like a versatile player o the defensive line who looks very stout and built with long arms and body. Looks versatile because he looks like a hybrid player who can play but the interior and edge of the defensive line on a 3-4 look. Plays with a high motor and just a half step quicker and this guy will be racking up sacks and causing problems for opposing offenses. One recruit to keep your eyes on this fall.

Grary Cook (23) | 6’2, 270 | DL | Bishop Dunne

Gary is a very raw defensive linemen with the intangibles and skills to be developed and special at the next level. For a large individual that looks every bit of of 270 lbs, moves very well and looks light on his feet. Is quick out of his stance at the snap of the ball and can beat blockers with pure speed or strength. Cook could be one of the top interior hidden gem defensive linemen on this list who’s recruitment could take off very soon.

Keviyan Huddleston (23) | 6’4″,220 | DL | Chapel Hill

Wow we were blown away with this guys tape. Keviyan has seen his recruitment blow up and take of this year with 13 out of 15 total division I offers coming this year alone. Quickly on the rise as one of the top DLs in the state and could surpass a lot of the others on rankings and possibly recruiting boards. He’s got a great athletic lengthty frame with long arms  and is a beast of the flying of the edge. Huddleston is quick of the LOS and can take down QBS in blink of an eye with pure speed and agility. Linemen have a real tough time blocking this guy.

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