Do not expect Lubbock Estacado High senior inside linebacker Sederick Colbert to always stay in one spot when the Matadors defense takes the field.
Head coach Joe Cluley, depending on the situation, will have the 6-foot-3-inch, 225-pound Colbert play defensive tackle, defensive end, outside linebacker and safety. All in the name of one of the best defensive units in West Texas confusing opposing offenses.
“What Sederick allows us to do is be very multiple,” Cluley told Texas Scorecard. “It allows our defense to be very multiple without changing personnel so an offense can’t determine what we’re going to do or what we’re in based on our personnel.”
Colbert has emerged as one of the most vital cogs on his side of the ball. Touted for his speed and aggressiveness, it is no surprise that Colbert causes offensive coordinators to have sleepless nights rethinking their game plans.
“Sederick is really special at rushing the passer, getting after the quarterback,” Cluley said. “He’s a very instinctual player. He’s definitely one of the leaders of that defense and, a guy offensively, you have to account for. Sometimes he’s hard to account for because of where he’s coming from. We could put him at safety and still blitz [them]. He adds an element to our defense that I never had until he came around.”
The Matadors kicked off their 2019 season with a 36-30 win against Lubbock Coronado. Colbert, who is one of the team captains this year, accounted for 18 tackles.
Aside from fielding a potent defense, Estacado proves to have a prolific offense as well, with 600 total yards generated on opening night.
Last year Colbert helped Estacado to its first regional semifinals appearance since 2013. He represented the school on Dave Campbell’s preseason all-state team at linebacker.
“He’s one of those kids, to me, you pick a game film [of him] … he’s probably had a great game,” Cluley said. “That’s just the type of kid he is and the type of impact he makes for our football team.”
Colleges such as Stephen F. Austin State and Southern Methodist have looked at Colbert, but Cluley believes that more scholarship offers will roll in as the season progresses “because of his play.” Colbert, however, does not enjoy the recruiting process, according to the coach.
“He really just wants to play football and he wants to go to a place about where he can play football,” Cluey said.
Cluley attributes the Matadors’ defensive toughness to his coaching staff and the young men themselves.
“It’s a good recipe for us and we feel like our kids have taken a step every year and we hope to continue that this year,” he said.
Estacado’s next game is Pampa High.