Texas "Under The Lights": Top Defense

2015 DE Charles Omenihu

AUSTIN, Texas -- Scout.com looks at the top defensive performers from Friday's "Under The Lights" camp hosted by the Texas Longhorns.

Mike Williams, 2016 DT, Fort Worth All Saints

When discussing top performers on either side of the ball, Williams' name kept popping up. The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder had an eye-opening performance in 1v1 matchups, where he was the only D-lineman to beat Texas 2015 four-star guard commit Patrick Vahe. Williams already has a four-star rating from Scout, as well as the No. 9 spot at his position and No. 79 slot overall in the 2016 class. He has eight offers so far, including Michigan, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, and UCLA.


Isaac Warren, 2015 CB, Tyler (Texas) John Tyler

Warren was perhaps the biggest sleeper at Friday's camp. He has five FCS offers, but has not heard from an FBS program. That may end following yet another great camp performance. Warren, who is a very large cornerback prospect at 6-foot-1, 189 pounds, dominated 1v1 matchups, recording two interceptions and four pass breakups. Jamming is his specialty; at one point, he jammed a receiver three yards behind the line of scrimmage, resulting in a roar from his fellow defensive backs. He started at cornerback before moving later to safety for a few reps because he said the staff wanted to take a look at him at both spots.


Charles Omenihu, 2015 DE, Rowlett (Texas)

The frame is the first thing you notice about Omenihu (pictured above), who is another prospect committed to Texas. At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, Omenihu passes the eyeball test, especially when projecting what he'll look like once he's playing at the college level. Understandably, Omenihu is not yet the most sound in his lateral movements given his lanky build, but that should improve with maturation and weight gain. The good news from Friday was how hard Omenihu got after it, including once against fellow Longhorn commit Toby Weathersby, a four-star offensive tackle. Omenihu has very good straight-line speed, so he should develop into a serious edge rusher.


Keivon Ramsey, 2015 S, Converse (Texas) Judson

Texas coaches had to like what they saw from Ramsey, who is committed to the Longhorns. The 6-foot-1, 165-pounder three-star prospect has good frame potential with his height and length, which suggest that he can add a good amount of positive weight. Ramsey displayed good hips and change of direction, as well as the type of ball skills you want to see from a safety prospect.


Tyrell Thompson, 2015 DE/DT, Copperas Cove (Texas)

In a loaded defensive line group, Thompson may have been the most impressive during position-specific drills. The 6-foot-3, 255-pound three-star prospect was quick, strong, and poised, making every movement he made appear as if he knew exactly what he was doing at all times. Thompson, who is committed to Houston and has offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, and several others, has a very solid frame and also made our list of top "eyeball test" prospects. Thompson's size and skill set suggest that he could play outside or inside in multiple schemes at the next level, though Scout projects him for now at defensive end.


Honorable mention

Ed Oliver, 2016 DT, Spring (Texas) Westfield

Marvin Wilson, 2017 DT, Houston Episcopal

Chris Brown, 2016 S/CB, Alief (Texas) Elsik

Jaylen Veasley, 2015 DT, Rockwall (Texas)

Kendell Jones, 2016 DT, Killeen (Texas) Shoemaker


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