Midlands 2015: Top MLBs

Anthony Wheeler

Three middle linebackers have risen to the top of the fold in the Lone Star State, Scout.com takes a closer look...

1. Anthony Wheeler

Dallas (Texas) Skyline
6'2 | 225

Recruiting Interests: Alabama, Baylor, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Southern Methodist, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M

Evaluation: One of the more physically imposing players in the class at this early juncture. He looks like a kid's wrestling figurine. He lines up at defensive end and linebacker on his sophomore film and makes a good amount of plays. he runs well for a bigger framed linebacker and should be a perfect fit as a MLB unless he grows in to a true DE over the course of his natural development. Hits like a ton of bricks and ball carriers do not escape his grasp.

2. Semaj Thomas

Fort Worth (Texas) Southwest
6'3 | 225

Recruiting Interests: Committed to TCU

Evaluation: Thomas is an intriguing prospect. He is an aggressive player. He spend most of his time at linebacker in 2013, moving from defensive end. So he has experiencing playing on the edge of the defense. Could he be that hybrid? He gets off blocks well and uses his hands and watching those examples on film he shows his above average strength. A bit raw on his tackling technique, but if he hits or gets a hand on the ball carrier it is over quickly.

3. Landis Durham

Plano (Texas) Plano East Sr
6'3 | 228

Recruiting Interests: Boise State, Boston College, Illinois, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Southern Methodist, TCU, Texas, Tulsa, USC, Vanderbilt, Washington

Evaluation: A high level linebacker target. Has great size and can really run well for a kid that big, whiich means that he is really athletic. He closes on the ball really well and hits like a ton of bricks. He is athletic to play or remian at linebacker, but with his size and frame it would not be out of the question to also regard him as a possible DE look, but I like him as a throw-back MLB with plus size.

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