Midlands 2014: Scout 300 LBs
T'Kevian Rockwell
T'Kevian Rockwell
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 20, 2013

Taking a closer look at the seven Midlands linebackers who earned the distinction of being named to the Scout300 on Monday...

No. 50 Zach Whitley - MLB - Galena Park (Texas) North Shore - Alabama
Whitely is exactly what a college coach wants in a middle linebacker. He is a bit of a throw-back in the sense that he plays hard and is a player who is present for nearly every snap throughout the entire game. He is tough and relentless, but best of all, he is intelligent. He reads the plays and does not play the guessing game, making him a player a defensive coordinator can depend on. Is athletic, can blitz and cover sideline-to-sideline.

No. 278 Cameron Hampton - MLB - Dallas (Texas) Carter - Texas
Intense linebacker. He's a guy who can play sideline to sideline. He plays from snap one to the last second clicks off the clock and he's a guy who's very explosive with his speed and his hitting ability. A great athlete who still has a lot of upside from a developmental standpoint. He is the new age style of backer who can cover receivers, get after it and make plays behind the line of scrimmage and run down ball carriers in the open field.

No. 22 Hoza Scott - OLB - La Porte (Texas) HS - Texas A&M
Looks like he was born to play the game. As a linebacker he could probably play all three spots, but is at his best firing off the edge and putting pressure on opposing offenses. He has a nice frame and moves extremely well. He shows great anticipation and has a knack for making some dramatic plays. He can play sideline-to-sideline against the ground game, but is also dangerous in pass defense. He jumps to bat balls down and grabs interceptions.

No. 115 Josh Walker - OLB - Gilmer (Texas) HS - Texas A&M
On defense, Gilmer runs a three man front on the defensive line, but they run Walker up to the line on one side or the other almost playing like a stand up defensive end. Teams try hard to keep the flow of the game away from his side of the field, but he still finds a way to make big plays. He is a pounder, a grinder, a throw-back type of athlete. The kid who gets picked first when you line them up on the playground. He takes no plays off.

No. 150 Edwin Freeman - OLB - Arlington (Texas) Bowie
Has experience playing defensive back and some schools were recruiting him at safety early on, but as he has continued to grow and get bigger he has evolved in to a linebacker and that is where he played as a junior. He has good speed and can run and cover. He is also good at tracking down speedy ball carriers in the open field. He gets to the ball very quickly. He moves very well from side-to-side. He covers a lot of ground, and he's a hitter.

No. 268 T'Kevian Rockwell - OLB - Wylie (Texas) HS - Baylor
Looks like he is shot out of cannon as he closes in on ball carriers. He closes ground quickly and relentlessly and does not slow down to impact. He makes good form tackles and explodes through the ball carrier. May be a little undersized, but a prospect can either play football or he can’t -- that’s the bottom line -- and Rock Well can play with the best of them. He is very physically gifted, one of the more impressive specimens in the DFW.

No. 283 Jimmie Swain - OLB - Olathe (Kan.) Olathe North – TCU
Bringing a complete package of skills to the position. He has good size and can really run in the open field. He puts a lot of pressure on the opposing offenses with his blitz and tracking ability. He possesses sideline-to-sideline speed and just has a knack for making big plays. He is the epitome of the downhill style linebacker and is always pushing the action at the line of scrimmage. He should keep his speed and add some size to potentially develop in to something special while he is in college.

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