Here are 22 top Shreveport area defensive linemen to watch in 2022

Jimmy Watson
Shreveport Times

The 2022 high school football season is getting closer. Here's a look at some of the top defensive linemen in the Shreveport area to watch and what some of their coaches said about them.

Also check out these stories on the top 2022 kickers and punters in Northwest Louisiana. 

Jaylon Buckner

Huntington, Sr.

Height/weight: 6-0, 265 

Why selected: The 2021 All-District and Times All-City selection, Buckner is an extremely athletic big man who returned two interceptions for touchdowns. 

Swazy Carheel

Many, Jr.

Height/weight: 6-foot-3, 255

Why selected: A fast athletic defensive end who can do it all.

Jacob Carpenter

Evangel, Jr.

Height/weight: 6-3, 270

Why selected: A two-year starter for coach Denny Duron, Carpenter will also see time on the defensive line as a leader.

Melvin Coleman

Southwood, Sr.

Height/weight: 5-10, 230

Why selected: Returning leader of the line who topped the Cowboys’ defense in 2021 with nine sacks. 

Ta'Derius Collins

Northwood, Sr.

Height/weight: 6-5, 250

Why selected: Hard to control in the trenches with his size and strength, Collins has multiple offers including from Arkansas, Texas and Baylor.

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Northwood's Ta'Derius Collins

Christian Davis

Ruston, Sr.

Height/weight: 6-3, 300

Why selected: Davis led a talented Bearcats defense last season with 56 tackles, three sacks, six tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries.

ZaDarrin Evans

North Caddo, Sr.

Height/weight: 6-1, 200

Why selected: “Zay is quick off the edge, hard for bigs to stay in front of. Expecting big strides to be taken in developing his strength.” – Coach John Kavanaugh

Isaiah Ford

Byrd, Sr.

Height/weight: 6-2, 192

Why selected: Returning Times All-City defensive end who recorded 45 total tackles, seven tackles for loss, two sacks and an interception in 2021. 

Isaiah Ford will lead a talented Byrd defensive line this fall.

Kashaun Green

Green Oaks, Sr.

Height/weight: 6-1, 265

Why selected: Green has been developing quickly after earning second-team all-district honors last year. Receiving significant recruiting attention.

Marques Hampton

North DeSoto, Sr. 

Height/weight: 6-2, 240

Why selected: A powerful presence inside and a three-year starter. Already receiving college offers.

Aaron Holley

Captain Shreve, Sr.

Height/weight: 6-3, 230

Why selected: “Aaron has really worked to put himself in position to have a great 2022 season. His work ethic, passion and high motor separate him from others at his position.” – Coach Adam Kirby 

Trey Houston

Calvary, Jr.

Height/weight: 6-1, 220

Why selected: This defensive end is super-fast off the edge and hard to block.” – Coach Rodney Guin 

Bossier's Christian Johnson

Christian Johnson

Bossier, Sr.

Height/weight: 6-1, 208

Why selected: Christian is that guy you can put all over the place. Last year he recorded 76 tackles, 15 tackles for lossL, eight sacks, a blocked field goal and a pick. Being recruited by Northwestern, Lamar University, Tyler (Texas) Junior College. 

Ray Mayweather

Parkway, Sr.

Height/weight: 6-1, 210

Why selected: “Ray got his first start in Week 6 last season and finished the year with a district-leading 12.5 sacks. He was second-team all-state and currently holds three college offers.” – Coach Coy Brotherton

Reginald Prealow

Red River, Jr.

Height/weight: 6-1, 190

Why selected: Prealow is one of 8 returning starters on our defense this year. He started every game as a sophomore and had over 50 tackles and 5 sacks. Prealow has a great motor, always around the ball, and loves contact. We expect his recruiting to pick up after the Spring he had. 

Gabriel Relliford

Evangel, Jr.

Height/weight: 6-3, 230

Why selected: The Eagles’ sacks leader from last season returns as a rush end who is hard to contain. Also sees duty as a running back.

Homer's Camron Winzer blocks for Eljay Curry during a 2021 LHSAA Class 1A playoff game against Haynesville.

Makhi Reed

Minden, Sr.

Height/weight: 6-2, 310

Why selected: Offers from Air Force, Navy and Army. “Reed is a big, powerful athlete who has the ability to destroy double teams. Very explosive off the ball. Very high football IQ.” – Coach Spencer Heard

Bryan Rodriguez

Huntington, Jr.

Height/weight: 6-0, 275

Why selected: “Bryan is a the blue collar work ethic tone setter for the Raiders who has started on the d-line since his freshmen year and will be the anchor for the Raiders.” – Coach Steve Dennis

Brooks Spann

Benton, Sr.

Height/weight: 6-2, 255

Why selected: “Spann dealt with some injuries last year but is one of our strongest kids in the weight room. Should be able to hold down the interior of our DL.” – Coach Reynolds Moore

Monquerious Stegius

Mansfield, Sr.

Height/weight: 5-10, 255

Why selected: Stegius will join with Justin Ford to give the Wolverines a run-stopping duo up front.

Carter Tate

Airline, Sr.

Height/weight: 5-10, 215

Why selected: A returning starter and leader of the D-Line, Carter has a high motor and plays fast.

Camron Winzer

Homer, Sr.

Height/weight: 6-0, 230

Why selected: “Great kid, loves to compete and will do anything for the team to win. He’s also a 4-year starter on the offensive line and punts.” -- Coach Richie Casey

Jimmy Watson covers Shreveport-Bossier area sports. Email him at jwatson@shreveporttimes.com and follow him on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.