High School Sports

Former North Crowley, Tarleton State standout selected by the Colts in 5th round

Linebacker EJ Speed, a 2013 graduate from North Crowley, was selected on Saturday by the Indianapolis Colts in the 5th round of the NFL draft.

Speed, a 2-star prospect out of high school, went on to play at Tarleton State, where he set career marks last season with 106 total tackles, 12 1/2 for loss and five pass deflections. He also added five sacks.

In 35 career games with TSU, Speed registered 231 tackles, 36 for loss, 11 sacks and 10 deflections.

Speed was the national leader with five forced fumbles in 2016.

He’s the first player from TSU to be drafted since 2013 when the Saints selected Rufus Johnson.

During his time at North Crowley, Speed played offense and passed for over 3,000 yards as a senior while rushing for 350 yards. He also caught 30 passes for 400 yards with two touchdowns and was voted first-team all-district.

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.