Mario Edwards Highlights 'Full Ride' Top '12 Defensive Recruits

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Last week Full Ride analyzed the five offensive players from the Class of 2012 who would be impact freshmen.  This week, Fox Sports’ National Scouting Director Scott Kennedy tells us which defensive rookies you will be hearing from this fall.  Kennedy sees Adolphus Washington, Noah Spence, Shaq Thompson, Denico Autry, Joe Bolden and Mario Edwards as the impact defensive newcomers.

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Ohio State’s combination of Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence off the edge is something that Buckeyes fans will be gushing over for years.  The pair combined for 41 sacks as high school seniors.  Watch out Big Ten.

Shaq Thompson brings rare game-changing ability to the safety position.  Steve Sarkisian and the Washington Huskies have themselves an elite talent who will make a difference on day one.

Mario Edwards out of Ryan High School in Denton, Texas is monstrous defensive lineman who will give Florida State major production at defensive end or defensive tackle as a freshman.

Michigan commit Joe Bolden is a throwback linebacker who drew praise from Kennedy for his “maniacal” play.  

Denico Autry is not a freshman, but a star junior college defensive end who will make an early impact for Mississippi State.  At 6’5", 255 pounds he will give Bulldogs an impact pass rusher in 2012.

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