Today, we’re going through the top linebackers in Texas for the 2023 recruiting cycle. These individuals are without a doubt some of the greatest that Texas has to offer, and some are even nationally ranked. Here’s a look at several of the state’s finest linebackers who will be playing their final season as seniors in 2022. These rankings are always subject
Without further ado, here are our re-rankings for the top 2023 linebackers in Texas high school football:
#15.Brandon Miyazono (23)| 6’2 210| LB | Frisco
Brandon is a multiskilled athlete who can play any position (LB, QB, or WR) and is an excellent athlete. In the form of exceptional breaks-up passes or nailing ball carriers in mid-air with excruciating hits, his talents on defense are apparent.
#14.Scott Koumado (23) | 6’2, 190 | LB | Shadow Creek
Scott is a lengthy linebacker with great size and an athletic, lean-looking build. Has no problem covering sideline to sideline and looks good when he drops back into coverage. Shows he can read plays, let them develop and then dive in front of passes to make a play on the ball. Even looks good on special teams. Should be a special player this fall for Shadow Creek. With more game time film, Scott could move his way up our list and others.
#13.Christian Brathwaite (23)| 6’1 225 | LB | Cypress Ranch
Christian is a huge linebacker with excellent size, talent for analyzing plays, and the ability to blossom into a top-tier athlete. He has not yet decided whether or not he will play collegiate football; nevertheless, Baylor, Cal, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Michigan State, and other schools have already extended scholarships.
#12.Dylan Brown-Turner (23)| 6’2 205 | OLB | South Oak Cliff
Dylan was an effective middle linebacker for his team on the road to a state championship, showcasing his long, athletic frame and capacity to read the field and make plays on the ball. He can increase his lean mass and improve his motor in order to improve his pursuit of football.
#11.Noah Boulieu (23) | 6’2 220 | LB | Lancaster
Noah has the skills to be a starting-level FBS or FCS player, and coaches should be aware of them. He can detect plays well and break away from blockers, demonstrating solid speed toward the ball. Despite a few minor areas of improvement, he has the intangibles to make a significant impact.
#10.Alex Kilgore (23) | 6’2 200 | LB | Paetow
Alex is a run-stopper with good size and speed, but he’s also patient reading plays. When pursuing the ball carrier in the backfield or charging towards the sidelines, though, he has the ability to be explosive. He can track them down. Holds 5 Division I scholarships and helped Paetow win a state title with 106 tackles
#9.Kylan Salter (23) | 6’2 210 | OLB, MLB | Cedar Hill
Salter is a player to keep an eye on, as he faces strong competition and shows a physical presence in the tackle. His game could use some fine-tuning; his engine may be stronger, and he may need to disengage from blockers. If those issues are resolved, he has the potential to become a decent FBS or Division I
#8.Dylan Rogers (23)|6’3 230| MLB | Cy Woods
Dylan was recognized last year for his clean, fundamental play at middle linebacker. He reads things well and can fill gaps, as well as having a large body that he may grow on.
#7.Taurean York (23) | 6’0 220 | MLB | Temple
A 6-foot, 220-pound linebacker from Houston (Texas) is an athletic defender who can lay the wood. He’s a big hitter with great open-field tackling skills and one of the most aggressive linebackers on our list, having received scholarships from UTSA, Baylor, and SMU recently.
#6. James Walley Jr. (23) | 6’2, 220 | EDGE, LB | Ridge Point
Walley is a beast coming off the edge. He can bend the edge easily, showcasing his flexibility by dipping around the edge with explosive speed and power. Often goes untouched on his way to the ball carrier. Showcases a high motor and purist to the football. Holds 16 Division I offers and is committed to UTSA.
#5.Corey Kelly (23) | 6’4 210 | OLB, ATH | Clear Falls
Corey is a big, physical outside linebacker who can bull rush of the edge and drop back in coverage to make a play on the ball. He’s very athletic on the field as an athlete, with the potential to develop into a hybrid DB or stay at linebacker and dominate. 17 Division I scholarships are available.
#4.Tre Williams (23) | 6’2 | OLB, Edge | Parish Episcopal
In a 3-4 defense, Williams has the physicality and intangibles to be a dominant outside linebacker or edge rusher. On the field, he is extremely aggressive with a long body and long arms. He applies his leverage to play violently on the field, displaying a tall frame with big arms. Arizona State, Colorado, and Marshall are some
#3.S’Maje Burrell (23)| 6’2 215 | MLB | North Crowley
He’s a big hitter who can light up ball carriers. In 2021, he had 104 tackles, 13 tfls, and 5 sacks, 4 FF, & 3 FR in 10 games. He can cover the field well against the run and pass and make game-changing plays look easy. He has 19 Division I college scholarship offers from schools including
#2.Derion Gullette (23)| 6’3 220 | LB | Marlin
Derion can fly to the ball on defense due to his ability to play both ways at Linebacker and Wide Receiver. He has the ability to match out in space or charge downhill and hit runners. A powerful hitter with several high-profile colleges recruiting him. From schools like Oregon, Notre Dame, and others
#1.Anthony Hill Jr. (23)| 6’2 220 | LB | Denton Ryan
Hill is a fantastic athlete who plays on both sides of the ball. His speed, tremendous height, and strength are a force to be reckoned with. He can fly in from the backfields to make TFLs and cover sideline-to-sideline on display. Holds several p5 offers, will be dominant next season, at the next
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