CFB 2013: Where Are the Top 10 Uncommitted DL Prospects Looking?
The defensive line class of this year is a talented group, and as I looked at the board, I noticed a good portion of it remains uncommitted. Having a talented DL unit has won the New York Giants two recent Super Bowls and the Oakland Raiders also have been competitive thanks to great DL play.
Many SEC teams put DL prospects on premium status because having a great defensive front is crucial for success in the conference. This list clearly will show that more DL talent is coming into college football as we examine where the top 10 remaining DL prospects are looking right now.
So, let's start rushing the passer and stopping the run, recruiting style right now.
10. Joe Mathis, DE
Mathis comes from Southern California and is a 6'4" DL who weighs more than 255 pounds. He is capable of playing both end and tackle, but he'll likely grow into a DT in college.
Mathis has been open to a lot of schools throughout the entire process, and last month Scout.com reported that Alabama, Washington, Utah, Texas A&M, Arizona State and Nebraska all are under consideration for his allotted five official trips.
Don't be shocked to see other schools emerge for Mathis, either.
9. Jaynard Bostwick, DT
A Florida native, I like Bostwick as a potential 3-4 DE due to his ability to stop, stack and anchor well at the point of attack versus the run. He really is very strong and sheds well to make tackles on the ball-carrier.
Growing up close to Miami, the Hurricanes are among a top six for Bostwick that also includes Florida, Alabama, LSU, Georgia and Oregon, according to Scout.com.
8. Ebenezer Ogundeko, DE
Brooklyn is home to the Nets, Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G. and Ebenezer Ogundeko, among others.
A 6'3", 235-pound pass-rushing edge-defender, Ogundeko can surge at the snap, bend around a blocker and burst on the passer to finish.
He has a top five, per Scout.com, that has Florida, Notre Dame, Alabama, Syracuse and Arizona State. LSU, Florida and Syracuse all have had trips scheduled, while 'Bama and Notre Dame are ironing out details, too.
7. Maquedius Bain, DT
Bain has a ton of potential since the 6'5", 285-pound DT is a former basketball player. He has great athleticism, length and flashes the upside of being a great force in the trenches with better seasoning in college.
As of last month, Bain told Scout.com that Miami, LSU, Alabama, Louisville, Oklahoma and Michigan State were his main favorites.
6. Kelsey Griffin, DT
Griffin is a 6'2", 300-pound DT prospect from Florida who has good snap quickness. He's a wide-bodied guy who also can 2-gap in the interior due to good strength at the point of attack, and he can play NT well.
With the chance to fit in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme, Griffin appears to be down to Georgia and South Carolina, per Scout.com. I think he'll wind up at Georgia as a NT.
5. Greg Gilmore, DT
Gilmore has set up his first official trip, and it will be to Florida.
The North Carolina DL is a very good talent who has good quickness on a 6'4", 270-pound range. He is more of a finesse DT who is better at slipping gaps and making plays rather than stacking and anchoring with strength.
Scout.com reports that Gilmore has said LSU, Oklahoma, Alabama, USC, N.C. State and Clemson are schools he likes.
4. Alquadin Muhammad, DE
New Jersey is where the 6'4", 230-pound Muhammad does his damage. He can play on the edges either as a traditional 4-3 DE, or stand up and play OLB in a 3-4 scheme.
Notre Dame would be my prediction if NSD were tomorrow. Scout.com also lists Michigan, Rutgers, USC and Alabama as schools that could get visits from Muhammad.
3. Justin Manning, DT
Manning stands 6'2" and weighs 275 pounds, but he doesn't really look like it. He has a sleeker frame for a DT and is one of the better athletes in this year's DL crop.
Showing great snap quickness, Manning can use athleticism to get clean from blockers, redirects well to pursue ball-carriers and has a burst to finish. Scout.com shows his high interests being TCU, LSU, Oklahoma, USC and Texas A&M.
2. Tim Williams, DE
Standing 6'4" and weighing 230 pounds, Williams has a fantastic combination of explosiveness, speed, length and strength. He can fire off the ball, use his long arms to fight to pressure, bend around the edge and burst on the passer.
With his 115 tackles as a junior, that also shows that Williams can play the run well.
He has a core five, per Rivals.com, that has Florida State and Miami leading Alabama, LSU and USC.
1. Montravius Adams, DT
Adams is an elite overall prospect who plays the DT position on a 6'3" frame that goes more than 300 pounds these days.
He displays excellent explosion at the snap, very quick hands to fight and counter blockers, and great strength to play with power when he flat-backs and plays with leverage.
The Georgia native is taking a trip to Michigan State this weekend and also will visit LSU, Oregon and USC, according to Scout.com. Auburn and Clemson seem to be the leaders, however.
Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS).
A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a college football and NFL draft magazine.