Class of 2024: Top 15 TXHSFB Defensive Line Prospects

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Rankings Directory:
ATH | QB | RB | WR/TE | OT | Interior OL | DLLB | S | CB


DE Dealyn Evans (6'5, 270) - Longview Pine Tree: Collected 58 tackles, eight TFLs, and four sacks to earn first-team all-district honors.

Committed to Texas A&M

DE Brock Jackson (6'4, 245) - Lumberton: Jackson racked up 64 tackles, 21 TFLs, and six sacks to earn 10-4A Division I Defensive MVP honors

Committed to Baylor

DE Travis Jackson (6'4, 230) - Tyler Legacy: Collected 63 tackles, 15 TFLs, and 7.5 sacks to earn second-team all-district honors. 

Offers (4): Texas Tech, Kansas State, Missouri and UNLV

DT Alex January (6'4, 300) - Duncanville: Helped lead the Panthers to a 6A Division I state championship. 

Offers (25): Baylor, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, Arizona State, Georgia, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon and USC

DE Joseph Jonah-Ajonye (6'3, 240) - Conroe Oak Ridge: Earned first-team all-district honors. 

Offers (23): Baylor, Houston, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Arizona State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon and USC

DT Legend Journey (6'2, 250) - Mansfield Summit: Collected 54 tackles, 14 TFLs, and two sacks to earn 5-5A Division II DL MVP honors.

Offers (13): Houston, North Texas, SMU, TCU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss

DE Caleb Mitchell Irving (6'2, 235) - Dallas Parish Episcopal: Collected 96 tackles, 13.5 TFLs, and 2.5 sacks to help lead the Panthers to a TAPPS Division I state championship. 

Offers (28): Baylor, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State

DE Armstrong Nnodim (6'1, 245) - Mesquite Horn: Collected 69 tackles, 16 sacks (school record), 18 tackles for a loss, and two INTs (both returned for TDs) to earn 10-6A Defensive MVP honors.

Committed to Rice

DT Chad Otutu (6'2, 285) - Pflugerville Weiss: Collected 74 tackles, 11 TFLs, and two sacks to earn first-team all-district honors. 

Offers (3): Sam Houston, SMU and UTSA

DE Colin Simmons (6'3, 225) - Duncanville: Racked up 79 tackles, 33 TFLs, and a school-record 22.5 sacks to lead the Panthers to the 6A Division I state championship.

Offers (45): Alabama, Arizona State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M and USC

DE Nigel Smith (6'5, 250) - Melissa: Collected 103 tackles, 17 TFLs, and 11 sacks to earn 7-5A Division II Defensive Lineman of the Year honors.

Top 16: TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Miami (FL), Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Rutgers and Prairie View A&M

DE Edward Smith (6'4, 220) - Pearland Dawson: Collected 22 tackles, eight TFLs, and two sacks to earn first-team all-district honors. 

Offers (15): Baylor, Houston, Texas Tech, UTSA, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Utah

DE Zion Taylor (6'2, 240) - Alvin Shadow Creek: Earned first-team all-district honors. 

Committed to Houston

DE Loghan Thomas (6'4, 210) - Katy Paetow: Earned third-team all-district honors. Named MVP at the All-American Combine. 

Offers (22): Houston, Texas, Texas A&M, Georgia, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Oklahoma

DE Zina Umeozulu (6'4, 220) - Allen: 43 tackles, five TFLs, and three sacks to earn first-team all-district honors. 

Offers (28): TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon and USC


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