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2017 Defensive Player of the year: DePriest Taylor – Manvel High School

HOUSTON – DePriest Taylor of Manvel is our 2017 Defensive Player of the Year.

In a close finish, Taylor gathered up just over 14% of the votes slightly ahead of the 12% racked up by Bryan Broussard of Dickinson.

Already committed to Prairie View A&M, Taylor had quite the season individually for the Manvel Mavericks. However, it did not stop there.

Taylor’s personal accomplishments went in to a solidified system that Manvel head coach Kirk Martin setup for his program.

Manvel advanced the UIL D1-5A state finals where they took a heartbreaking loss to Highland Park just an arm length away from the big prize.

Overall Taylor was a big part of Hoka Hey nation’s success in 2017. He led his team in solo tackles (63), assists (33), total tackles (96), and sacks (7).

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