This week we kick things off with the big boys upfront in the trenches. These are some defensive linemen that we think could have a breakout season and really raise their recruiting stock for all of these guys on the list. So coaches and fans, I know you are as ready as we are to get this Texas high school football season underway this season. Here are some of the top junior defensive linemen to keep your eye on this season.
Enow Etta | 6’4″ 220 | Edge | Covenant Christian Academy
Etta is a very raw edge rusher gifted in size and ability. He has the requisite size, height, and frame to be a dominant force at the next level. He could use some brushing up in his technique, however, Etta shows a good burst off the ball and high motor in pursuit of the ball carrier. Definitely, one to keep an eye out for this season.
John Baldwin | 6’5″ 220 | DL | Clear Brook
John is a run-stopping defensive end who can plug up holes and get after the ball carrier. Baldwin has great size, possesses long arms, big frame to add more mass at the next level. Although Bladwin’s technique needs some work with hand moves and getting to the QB. This clear brook defensive end is one prospect to keep an eye on this season who’s could raise his stock.
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6 Foot 5
Weight: 225 lbs
School: Clear Brook HS
• Fluid mover
• Smart read-and-react player who isn't fooled by misdirection.
• Excellent run defender who has length, power, speed pic.twitter.com/9UiRrVqqO8
— Footwork King (@Footwork_King2) August 3, 2021
Keviyan Huddleston | 6’4″ 220 | DL | Chapel Hill
Huddleston has a longer athletic-looking frame standing in at 6’4″ and two-hundred twenty pounds. Plays both ways at defensive end and offensive tackle. His athleticism bears out on defense. Shows an explosive burst off the LOS and can get to the quarterback effectively. Also shows an impressively high motor and in pursuit of the ball. I think he has good frame potential to add more mass at the next level but needs to clean up some technique relative to the position and add more hand moves into the purist of the ball carrier.
Michael Madrie | 6’4″ 225 DL | Argyle
Michael is that diamond in the rough, that hidden gem, and one who could easily be one who raises his recruiting stock this season and move up our list. Argyle is a powerhouse program and Madrie performs well in competition. Shows an explosive burst off the ball, great speed, and agility getting to the quarterback. In addition to his great size and height, his ability to cause problems in the backfield makes him one of my favorite prospects to watch out for this season in the 2023 defensive linemen class.
Joseph Mutombo | 6’5″ 215 DL | Keller Central
Last but certainly not least, Joseph Mutombo. Just let me go ahead and say Joseph is without a doubt, FBS talent and is your full package at the defensive end position. Has a few areas of his game technique-wise like disengaging blockers however, Joseph is a beast off the edge. Explosive off the LOS. Brings the lumber and looks to knock out the ball on contact and one who I think could make a great name for himself this season.
Biiiiiiig man on campus, 2023 DE @JosephMutombo25. Legit 6'5"…varsity as a soph…hooper on the hardwood…grades of a scholar…get on the train NOW before it leaves the station! @KISDAthletics @CHSChargerFB @KellerCentralHS @HillwoodMS @hillwoodath @coachsports3 pic.twitter.com/cFddpNu5k3
— Coach Clancey Kilcoyne (@CoachKilcoyne) April 16, 2021