Midlands 2015: Top D-Ends

James Lockhart

Scout.com takes a closer look at the top-rated defensive ends in the Midlands region...

1. James Lockhart

Ennis (Texas) Ennis
6'4 | 250

Recruiting Interests: Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech

Evaluation: A strong defender, who shows a high acumen for tracking down ball carriers in the open field, which shows his athleticism and pursuit skills right away on film. He is really good against the run. He is not your long, rangy style of defensive linemen, but rather more of the stout type. He is strong at the point of attack using his hands well to maneuver and control offensive linemen. Would not rule out growth to a DT.

2. Breylin Mitchell

Round Rock (Texas) Round Rock
6'4 | 255

Recruiting Interests: Committed to TCU

Evaluation: More of a complete defensive end prospect. He has the necessary size already to go along with his impressive frame that grabs your attention when you see him in person. He sometimes struggles getting of blocks on his sophomore tape, but does not stop fighting until the whistle. He is not a true edge rusher at the position, but uses gap control and strong upper and lower body to keep his position and make plays. He is a solid tackler.

3. Charles Omenihu

Rowlett (Texas) Rowlett
6'5 | 220

Recruiting Interests: Committed to Texas

Evaluation: Omenihu is a lanky defensive end who is a bit of a project from a frame stand point, but could have a very high ceiling. He has the height and length to develop into the elite category once he hadds the size and strength. That added weight and power will also translate directly over to his game on the field, especially when usuing his hands and arms to create separtion from o-tackles. He is quick off of the ball.

4. Louis Brown

Burton (Texas) Burton
6'6 | 207

Recruiting Interests: Committed to Baylor

Evaluation: On offense, he actually spends time in the backfield. It may be off seeing a player with his length lined up there, but he is explosive enough, catches the ball well and does an adequate job blocking. On defense, he lines up on the edge as an outside linebacker and moves really well in the open field, again for a player with his length. He shows a wide arrange of skills. Has good explosion, hits hard, can patrol the flats and most impressive is his closing speed.

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