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Dream Team: Defense

Aug. 6, 2017 at midnight


CARL WILLIAMS

Position: Defensive Line

School: Lufkin

Grade: Junior

Height: 6-3

Weight: 275

By the numbers: Finished with 15 tackles last season and already has offers from Oklahoma, TCU, SMU and Tulsa

D.K. GOODSON

Position: Defensive Line

School: John Tyler

Grade: Senior

Height: 6-3

Weight: 220

By the numbers: Delivered 70 tackles last season, 50 of them solo, with 11 sacks and 5 quarterback hurries. He also recovered two fumbles. Verbal commitment to Houston. Offers from Mississippi State, SMU, Texas State, Tulane and Louisiana Monroe

LEONARD PARKS

Position: Defensive Line

School: Texas High

Grade: Senior

Height: 6-5

Weight: 230

By the numbers: Turned heads as a junior with 65 tackles to go with nine sacks. Already beginning to receive offers with the first one coming from Louisiana Monroe.

KEIVIE ROSE

Position: Defensive Line

School: Henderson

Grade: Junior

Height: 6-4

Weight: 220

By the numbers: Offers from SMU, Southern Miss, Florida Atlantic and Arkansas State

TRE ALLISON

Position: Linebacker

School: John Tyler

Grade: Senior

Height: 6-2

Weight: 215

By the numbers: Finished last season with 118 tackles (2 TFL), two sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles while also breaking up four passes. Verbal to SMU. Has offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Texas State, Tulane and Louisiana Monroe

TYREE WILSON

Position: Linebacker

School: West Rusk

Grade: Senior

Height: 6-5

Weight: 225

By the numbers: Recorded 68 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, four sacks, eight quarterback pressures, an interception, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles in 2016 ... Verbal to Texas A&M. Has offers from Houston, Kansas, Memphis, Oklahoma State, SMU, Southern Miss, Texas State, Tulane

MYKEL GATES

Position: Linebacker

School: Carthage

Grade: Senior

Height: 6-0

Weight: 225

By the numbers: Finished with 160 tackles, 18 of those for loss, and had three forced fumbles, two recoveries and two interceptions as he helped his team win a state championship.

MICHAEL DRENNON

School: Hallsville

Grade: Senior

Height: 6-2

Weight: 218

By the numbers: Finished with 90 tackles, 11 of those for loss, and added two sacks in helping Mineola win its first state title last year. Moved to Hallsville with his father, who is the new coach for the Bobcats.

JEPHANIAH LISTER

Position: Defensive Back

School: Longview

Grade: Junior

Height: 5-9

Weight: 170

By the numbers: Finished with 91 tackles, six of those for loss, and added five forced fumbles and an interception with two pass breakups.

KONRAD EICHELMAN

Position: Defensive Back

School: Harmony

Grade: Senior

Height: 6-2

Weight: 195

By the numbers: Finished with 123 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries while also adding seven forced fumbles and 12 pass breakups.

JAVIER NEAL

Position: Defensive Back

School: Whitehouse

Grade: Senior

Height: 5-10

Weight: 160

By the numbers: Finished with 63 tackles, five of those for loss, and seven interceptions, two of those returned for touchdowns. Also had two forced fumbles and 10 pass breakups.

MEKHI COLBERT

Position: Defensive Back

School: Carthage

Grade: Senior

Height: 5-9

Weight: 185

By the numbers: Finished with 39 tackles and six interceptions, two of those returned for touchdowns. Also had six pass breakups in helping his team with a state championship.

EFREN BARCENAS

Position: Punter

School: Spring Hill

Grade:

Height: 6-0

Weight: 185

By the numbers: Averaged 42 yards last season on 31 attempts, six of those pinned opponents inside their 20 yard line. Averages a hang time of 3.55 seconds.

PAYTON DAVIS

Position: Utility

School: Redwater

Grade: Junior

Height: 6-2

Weight: 195

By the numbers: Carried 105 times for 850 yards and 12 touchdowns. Added 14 catches for 345 yards. Racked up 55 tackles and two interceptions on defense, and averaged 40 yards per punt

The 10th annual East Texas High School Football Preseason Dream Team consists of players from the combined coverage areas of the Longview News-Journal, Marshall News Messenger, Tyler Morning Telegraph, Texarkana Gazette, Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel and Lufkin Daily News.

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