18 Shreveport area high school linebackers to watch in 2022 football season
The 2022 high school football season is inching closer. Here's a look at some of the top linebackers in the Shreveport area to watch and what some of their coaches said about them.
Height/weight: 5-10, 200
Why selected: Bedgood is the Cavaliers’ on-field leader who totaled 42 tackles last season.
Height/weight: 6-2, 210
Why selected: “Blackmon started last year at middle linebacker. Very intelligent and aggressive, plays very similar to former Herndon Magnet turned Falcon All-State linebacker, Tyler Lummus, from a few years back.” – Coach Austin Brown
Height/weight: 6-1, 215
Why selected: “Blank is a big, physical linebacker. Strong enough to play inside and can run well enough to go sideline to sideline.” – Coach Jason Brotherton
Height/weight: 6-0, 180
Why selected: A returning Shreveport Times All-City, All-District and All-City athlete. Brossette led the Jackets with 106 total tackles and recently received an offer from Ouachita Baptist University.
Height/weight: 6-0, 225
Why selected: “The strongest kid on the team benching 365 and runs a 4.7. He’s receiving interest from Grambling, ULM, SAU, Arkansas Tech and Southern-BR. Sky is the limit for this kid, has a great work ethic and is very humble.” – Coach Richie Casey
Height/weight: 5-10, 180
Why selected: “Mark played outside linebacker last year and is a very consistent player who makes plays.” – Coach Justin Scogin
Height/weight: 6-2, 200
Why selected: "Halbert has added 30 pounds of weight this off-season. He's a devastating tackler who has a real nose for the football. He's the definition of ‘find the football and be angry when you get there.’ Has really worked to add weight and improve his coverage skills this offseason.” – Coach Reynolds Moore
Height/weight: 6-1, 193
Why selected: Harmon will lead a solid Glenbrook defense with his ability to be a run-stopper in the middle.
Red River, Sr.
Height/weight: 5-10, 220
Why selected: “Jones is a tackling machine finishing in the top five statewide last year in tackles. He’s got great speed, range and tackles well in open field. Jyrel has everything you want in a linebacker -- he’s big, fast, physical and a coach on the field.” – Coach Jeff Harper
Height/weight: 6-2, 225
Why selected: “Jamal will man the middle of the Eagles’ defense. Jordan is very disciplined and fundamentally sound. Last year he improved by the day.” – Coach Denny Duron
Green Oaks, Sr.
Height/weight: 5-10, 210
Why selected: The returning first-team All-District athlete is a hard worker who always seems to be in the right place at the right time.
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Height/weight: 6-0, 225
Why selected: Mayfield is a returning starter who had 96 tackles, three sacks, 10 tackles for a loss and five quarterback hurries last season.
Height/weight: 5-10, 190
Why selected: “McCarty is a returning starter and a strong inside player who is physical at the point of attack.” – Coach Spencer Heard
Height/weight: 6-2, 215
Why selected: A 3-year starter, Newman led the Panthers in tackles last season. Also a standout baseball player, Newman dedicated his summer to weights and speed training.
Height/weight: 5-8, 179
Why selected: Not big as linebackers go, but Shephard packs a wallop.
Captain Shreve, Sr.
Height/weight: 5-10, 195
Why selected: Had 46 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles last year. “Scotty has a nose for the football and makes our defensive calls for us in the middle. He’s got a tremendous football IQ and is a student of the game.” – Coach Adam Kirby
Ryketlen Van Zandt
Height/weight: 5-8, 195
Why selected: While Van Zandt is a talented defender, he’ll also play running back for the Wolverines.
Height/weight: 6-3, 230
Why selected: The multi-talented Watts is the team’s punter and kicker and is also an outstanding baseball player.
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