College Football Recruiting 2013: Ranking the Top 10 Defensive Ends

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IFebruary 9, 2012

College Football Recruiting 2013: Ranking the Top 10 Defensive Ends

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    Today we arrive at the defensive ends in our early 2013 rankings. This is an interesting class, as we have the traditional 40-front types, strong side types and even stand up guys who can kick outside in a 3-4.

    You have to have a pass rush in today's game with so many teams throwing the ball. Getting a push off the edge to move QBs off their marks in the pocket is imperative to defensive success.

    These are the top 10 guys who can help a college defense out with that right now.

10. Jason Carr

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    Carr is a big 6'6", 250-pounder that can stick as a DE or grow into DT in college. He uses his big and long frame to impose on TEs and FBs that attempt kick out blocks on him. He anchors well vs. OTs and plugs the run.

    Carr can also use his solid snap quickness, speed and closing burst on passers to menace the pocket. He's pledged to Tennessee. 

9. Elijah Daniel

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    Daniel is a 6'3", 230-pounder that has speed, speed and more speed. Let me say this again: he's a speed guy.

    Daniel is still learning proper technique and assembling a pass rush plan and variety, but he can get upfield with the best of them. He's got great range and is a little bit like Se'Von Pittman.

    Early offers include: Florida, Ohio State and Oklahoma

8. Marcus Farria

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    Farria is a 6'3", 235-pounder that has a great looking frame for DE. I would not be shocked if he got in the 260-range in college. 

    Farria is an excellent athlete, can hold his own on the defensive edges and make plays with speed and quickness. He's got average technique at best right now, but some seasoning in college will fix that.

    Early offers include: Notre Dame and Washington

7. Wyatt Shallman

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    At 6'3", 245-pounds, Shallman is a menace to an OL. He's from Michigan and plays the game tough, smart, instinctively, and with a high motor.

    He battled some injuries as a junior, but Shallman is one of the top DEs in the Midwest. It'll be interesting to see how he fares in the camps and combines circuit.

    Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State have offered. 

6. D.J. Ward

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    Ward notched 94 stops as a sophomore DE in Oklahoma and it got him on the map. Now he's headed into his senior year as one of the better DEs nationally.

    6'3", 235-pounds, Ward has a great first step, can bend well in his pursuit of the passer. He hurries QBs off their mark and has some burst to close on ball carriers.

    Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M have offered among more. 

5. Joey Bosa

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    Bosa is a 6'5", 245-pound DE prospect from national high school power St. Thomas Aquinas (Fl). He's one of the top pass rushers in the Sunshine State and will take over Jelani Hamilton's role as a senior.

    Bosa played DT last year out of necessity, but it looks like he's a future strongside DE in college. He's strong at the point, works each snap and does what he has to do to get to the QB.

    Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State and Notre Dame have offered. 

4. Isaac Rochell

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    You want a big, tall, long DE with a blank canvas? Rochell is your guy. He's a 6'5", 237-pounder out of Georgia who totaled seven sacks and 97 tackles as a junior.

    Rochell is like an ostrich on the field, as he's a tall player with a long frame who covers a ton of ground in his steps. He needs to add a bit more strength but Rochell looks like a player.

    Alabama, Florida State, Georgia and Clemson are notable offers. 

3. Jason Hatcher

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    Hatcher reminds me a lot of former Miami defensive end Jerome McDougle. He's not overly long like other DEs on this list, but he's got good athletic ability and play strength.

    Hatcher is extremely compact, explosive and quick off the ball. Early offers include Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Michigan. 

2. Alquadin Muhammad

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    Muhammad is the new man at Don Bosco Prep. He'll assume the role that Darius Hamilton played for the team and the 6'4", 230-pounder DE is going to be a superstar this year.

    He's a speed guy on the edges, has a bit of Noah Spence in him, and can get around OTs in a flash. Muhammad combats mass and power with speed and quickness vs. the run.

    Notre Dame, Alabama, Miami, Florida and Ohio State have offered.

1. Robert Nkemdiche

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    He's probably the best player in the nation. I can say that already. 2011 brought us Jadeveon Clowney, 2012 brought us Mario Edwards and Noah Spence and 2013 will bring us Robert Nkemdiche.

    He's 6'4", 270-pounds and looks like a grown man physically. He's strong at the point of attack, can anchor and stack vs. the run.

    Against the pass, Nkemdiche can blow by a blocker, and has active hands with a strong punch and a burst to finish on QBs.

    He's wanted by everyone in America and is from Georgia.