Defense: Top 40 Hits in New Orleans
Joshua Jackson
Joshua Jackson
abone@scout.com
Posted Apr 27, 2007


The Scout.com All-American Combine in New Orleans April 21 brought us several new names flying under the radar as well as players who have received scholarship offers. The 40-yard dash is not the most important factor in recruiting, but the first questions asked of a player: height, weight and 40-time. Scout.com presents the top 40-yard dash performers at each position on defense.

Top 40-yard dash performers in New Orleans:

Defensive Ends:
Taylor Allen
Taylor Allen--Meridian-Lamar, (Miss.) 6-2, 194, 4.69
Taylor was named second team All-State for MPSA and MPSA AAA All-South Division first team. Accolades continued as he was named to the Meridian Star's All-Area first team and MPSA's overall sack leader in 2006.

Tim Harp
Tim Harp--Geismar-Dutchtown, (La.) 6-0, 220, 4.79
Harp is a two-sport athlete (track: discus) and will have a lot of college coaches keeping a watchful eye as Dutchtown sports several talented playmakers.

Mario Winters
Mario Winters--Clinton, (La.) 6-0, 220, 4.87

Defensive Tackles:
Joshua Jackson
Joshua Jackson--Canton, (Miss.) 6-3, 294, 5.12
Jackson recorded the most sacks (14) in class 4A in 2006. He also added 84 tackles. Jackson holds scholarship offers from Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

Joel Ross
Joel Ross--Houma-Vanderbilt Catholic, (La.) 6-0, 310, 5.20
Ross recorded 62 tackles, 10 for loss, six sacks and recovered three fumbles during his junior season. He holds scholarship offers from Oklahoma and Ole Miss.

Baxter Hartness
Baxter Hartness--Ridgeland, (Miss.) 6-0, 246, 5.25

Linebackers:
Josh Chestang
Josh Chestang--Moss Point, (Miss.) 5-9.5, 196, 4.52
Chestang had an impressive junior campaign with 74 tackles, 12 sacks and five forced fumbles returning two for touchdowns. He holds scholarship offers from Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Trent Mackey
Trent Mackey--Lafayette-Carencro, (La.) 5-9.5, 210, 4.63
Mackey was awarded All-State linebacker in 2006 and All-District for the last two years. He recorded over 160 tackles during his junior season. Mackey also plays the fullback position. He holds a scholarship offer from Tulane and a verbal from Ole Miss. He also hears from Colorado, Stanford and all the military schools.

Alan Harshaw
Alan Harshaw--Leesville, (La.) 6-0, 180, 4.72

Cornerbacks:
Alonzo Lawrence
Alonzo Lawrence--Lucedale-George County, (Miss.) 6-0, 180, 4.43
Lawrence plays several positions to keep his talent on the field. He recorded 11 touchdowns on offense with five from special teams. He added 60 tackles on defense with four interceptions. He was named an All-Coast performer along with first team All-State as a cornerback and second team as a kick-returner. Lawrence holds scholarship offers from Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Tyler Alexander
Tyler Alexander--Lafayette-Carencro, (La.) 5-10.5, 157, 4.46
Alexander was named first team All-District in 2006. His coach praises Alexander's great closing speed. He recorded four interceptions and over 40 tackles.

LaFrazier Forrest
LaFrazier Forrest--Mobile-B.C. Rain, (Ala.) 5-9, 160, 4.47
Forrest recorded 65 tackles, four interceptions, one blocked punt and blocked two field goal attempts in 2006. He also added 200 yards receiving and one touchdown. Forrest hears from Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Illinois, Mississippi State and Southern Miss. Forrest names LSU as an overall favorite.

Safeties:
Rocky Duplessis
Rocky Duplessis--Belle Chasse, (La.) 5-11.5, 186, 4.50

Jonathan Conner
Jonathan Conner--Geismar-Dutchtown, (La.) 6-0.5, 178, 4.50
Conner recorded 28 tackles, two interceptions and two pass break-ups in 2006 in his first year of football. Conner also runs track and is a 4.0 student.

Bobby Felder
Bobby Felder--McComb, (Miss.) 5-9.5, 182, 4.52
Felder had a solid combine performance improving his stock as he awaits his first scholarship offer. He is hearing from several schools including Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, LSU and Auburn.

Stay with Scout.com as we continue to track high school prospects throughout the 2007 season.

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