June 19, 2018

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Diamond in the Rough: Anthony Echols, Benton High School

Anthony Echols is a Defensive End from Benton High School in Benton, LA. Anthony has good awareness to find the ball and make plays all over the field. He has good size and uses aggressive swim moves to get by offensive lineman. He has great speed and the ability to set the edge on run plays. He plays with a high motor and is always around the ball. Echols had 58 tackles and 10 sacks last season.

 

Height: 6’2

Weight: 220

Bench: 265

Squat: 405

40 Time: 4.6

GPA: 2.8

 

Check out his highlight film:

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/8143190/5a130f24da522d0e08ef8ec1

 

When did you start playing football?

I started playing football my 4th grade year for Benton middle.

 

What do you love about football?

I love the competition of the game, I love the intensity and the fact that you get to hit someone each play. Love that it is a team sport and if people make mistakes, you got to pick that player up.

 

Growing up did you play any other sports?

I played flag football around 6 years old, I also played a good bit of baseball growing up and some basketball as well.

 

How did your spring practice go?

Spring practice was good for me, I got interest from a lot of colleges, I was coming off an injury so it was a little sore when I first started playing again but now I feel great and ready to go.

 

How do you make sure to continue that momentum from spring and take it with you through the off-season?

I find I always have the momentum every day. I hustle hard in the gym to get stronger and make sure I’m in shape with my sprints, you have to be ready now than to be catching up later for the season.

 

What are your strengths?

I would say, my physicality, I’m a very aggressive player. Also, I would say my quickness. I’m a mismatch for a lot of offensive linemen because of how quick I can get by them.

 

Coming off a tough one loss season, are you and the team using that as motivation for your senior year?

Most definitely, we know that the lost last season for us was a fluke and we just didn’t cooperate as a team that night. We are ready for the new season; the team has been putting in a lot of hard work.

 

What would college coaches be impressed about you the most?

They like my size and my speed, my exclusiveness, I can play defensive end and linebacker. They like my footwork and how aggressive I am on the field.

 

Any camps you plan on attending this summer?

I plan on going to a few camps this summer.

 

What would you like to major in while in college?

Industrial engineering or marketing

 

Twitter account: @echols_1