25 Most Physical College Football Recruits from 2015 Class
The 2015 class is shaping up to be another solid crop of prospects for college coaches to pluck from. A neat quality about this group is that many of them are physical football players who love contact.
It's not just in the trenches, however. A cornerback from Florida is a bully in press-man coverage, while a safety doesn't mind playing the role of enforcer. Plus, several running backs do not back down from defenders at the point of attack.
All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports.
Jay Bradford, RB
At nearly 5'11" and 191 pounds, 4-star running back Jay Bradford doesn't have big-back size, but he sure runs like one.
The Texas native is a straight-line, downhill runner who charges through holes with force and power. Bradford isn't going to dance much in the hole, but he has the ability to physically challenge linebackers at the point of attack with strength.
He's committed to Texas A&M.
Josh Wariboko, OL
While he's listed as an offensive lineman due to his ability to help out at tackle, 4-star blocker Josh Wariboko fits best inside at guard.
At 6'3.5" and 280 pounds, Wariboko has excellent strength at the point of attack. He plays bigger than his listed size, and he has heavy hands and shock value in his initial punch. He projects as a road-grader in the trenches at Oklahoma.
Jahvoni Simmons, LB
If your favorite school is looking for a physical linebacker to help stuff the run, 4-star recruit Jahvoni Simmons should be a main priority.
From Virginia, the 6'1", 225-pounder seems to actually seek out offensive linemen to punch in the mouth, shed and make thumping hits on running backs. Simmons is a physical wrap-tackler who doesn't leak much yardage after contact.
Keep an eye on Virginia.
Hjalte Froholdt, DT
Hjalte Froholdt is one of the most interesting and intriguing recruits in the 2015 class. Originally from Denmark, Froholdt has made himself into an impressive 4-star defensive tackle prospect in Ohio.
At 6'4" and 282 pounds, he shows a great motor and no fear in the trenches. Froholdt has excellent strength to stack blocks at the point of attack, plus he can escape the clutches of grabbing blockers with power.
He's headed to Arkansas.
Chuma Edoga, OT
Chuma Edoga is a 4-star offensive tackle who could be moved to guard in college. His best asset is his strength, but Edoga has solid quickness to get out of his stance at the snap.
The Georgia native is at his best when he can win early versus defensive linemen, as he can get his mitts into their bodies and control them with outstanding strength at the point of attack. It wouldn't be surprising if he signed with Tennessee.
Albert Huggins, DL
At this point, 5-star defensive end Albert Huggins looks like he fits best as a 3-technique defensive tackle in college. However, it's still early in the evaluation process.
Huggins, who is from South Carolina, is 6'3" and 279 pounds. He has good quickness, but don't sleep on his physicality and toughness. He shows good strength at the point of attack, plus he isn't afraid to challenge bigger offensive linemen.
Clemson, South Carolina and Georgia are his top schools, per 247Sports.
Steven Gonzalez, OG
Hailing from New Jersey, Steven Gonzalez is a 4-star guard prospect with terrific toughness. The 6'4", 300-pounder has the ability to punch defensive linemen, but he can also sink and anchor with power as a pass-protector.
Gonzalez has great strength to dictate to his targets in the running game. He has the size, strength and physicality to play anywhere.
Ohio State and Penn State are standing out, says 247Sports.
Jacob Daniel, DT
At 6'4" and 310 pounds, 4-star defensive tackle Jacob Daniel already is an intimidating presence. His massive frame allows him to naturally take up space, but Daniel is more than a space-eater.
The California native has solid snap-quickness, but even better strength and power. Daniel plays like a giant at the point off attack, where he shows the ability to bull-rush and toss blockers aside to get free.
Watch out for USC.
Justin Hilliard, OLB
Justin Hilliard possesses an admirable motor, as the Ohio native flies around the field snap after snap. He's 6'2" and 230 pounds, which is solid size for a linebacker.
The 5-star recruit has good strength to shed blocks, as well as great instincts and vision. He'll thump running backs in the box, but receivers coming across the middle also have to know where Hilliard is at all times.
Schools such as Michigan, Alabama and Notre Dame are in on him, according to 247Sports.
Soso Jamabo, RB
A 4-star running back, Soso Jamabo is one of the top players in Texas. The 6'3", 210-pounder has the strength and power to carry defenders for extra yards after contact.
Jamabo isn't overly explosive, but he has just enough skating ability to make a big play or two. However, what he does do well is push piles as a runner due to his size, leg power and physicality.
Oklahoma, Baylor and Oregon are his main suitors, per 247Sports.
Derwin James, S
Some safeties prefer playing in space, as their speed and range allow them to roam around and jump passing lanes. Others relish playing in the box due their toughness, vision versus running plays and physicality.
Well, 5-star safety Derwin James can do a little bit of both. He can work as a single-high safety, but the Florida State pledge also has the ability to play like an extra linebacker and be an enforcer for the front-seven of a defense.
Daron Payne, DT
At 6'2" and 316 pounds, Daron Payne is simply a load in the trenches. He's raw with his technique and hand placement, but he has fantastic strength and quickness.
Payne, who is from Alabama, has heavy hands at the point of attack and can get under a blocker's pads to walk him deep into the backfield. He doesn't lose sight of the ball due to his great awareness, so Payne makes a lot of plays other defensive linemen can't.
He'll sign with one of the Iron Bowl schools, in all likelihood.
Maea Teuhema, OT
Formerly committed to Texas, Maea Teuhema is now locked in with LSU. What the Tigers are getting is a 6'4.5", 346-pound dancing bear who can dominate in the trenches.
Teuhema has exceptional strength and power at the point of attack, controlling defenders with ease thanks to a quick and sharp punch. He can anchor versus an elephant, but the Texan also has great agility.
Shy Tuttle, DT
Shy Tuttle excels as a run-defender who causes a ton of problems in the trenches. The 6'2", 314-pounder is a physical player who loves to mix it up at the point of attack.
Tuttle displays outstanding strength and toughness, plus he can anchor to make a mess versus running plays. His best bet as a pass-rusher is a full bull-rush, which further proves how physical he is.
The 5-star North Carolina native likes the Tar Heels and Alabama the most right now, according to 247Sports.
Jalin Barnett, OG
Guards don't receive a lot of attention, but 5-star prospect Jalin Barnett deserves as much of it as possible. He's a physical blocker who uses his fantastic strength to execute his blocking assignments.
Barnett, who is from Oklahoma, is already 6'4" and 315 pounds. He can steer his targets to wherever he wants them to go, thanks to a strong grab and initial punch. Barnett also is physical and effective when short-setting as a pass-protector.
It'll be shocking if he doesn't end up at Oklahoma.
Byron Cowart, DE
At 6'4" and 250 pounds, Byron Cowart is a 5-star defensive end who has what it takes to play on the strong side.
He can rush the passer well, but the Florida native's ability to stack and set the edge versus running plays is what sets him apart from others. Cowart flashes the ability to anchor versus tackles and tight ends, plus he can press blockers off of him to get free on a consistent basis.
Florida will sign him before this cycle is over.
Jeffery Holland, OLB
Jeffery Holland is a 5-star linebacker from Florida who can run and hit with the best of 'em. The 6'2", 230-pounder has great speed and instincts, which helps him weave in and out of traffic when tracking running plays.
Holland can work his way through blocks at the point of attack, and he meets ball-carriers with thumping force. He's another player who will sign with Florida.
Terry Beckner Jr., DE
Hailing from East St. Louis is 5-star defensive end Terry Beckner Jr., a raw player who has great athleticism. Yet, Beckner is on this list because of his strength and physicality.
The 6'4", 268-pounder is a tough defensive end who can convert speed to power to play big at the point of attack as a pass-rusher. Plus, Beckner can also set the edge and shed blockers versus running plays.
Desherrius Flowers, RB
Alabama is getting another tough and physical running back with a good skill set in Desherrius Flowers. A 4-star in-state pledge for the Crimson Tide, Flowers checks in at 6'1" and 212 pounds.
Flowers is a decisive runner who doesn't waste a large amount of time getting to the hole. He dares defenders to come challenge him, and he lowers his shoulder to power through them when they do.
Tim Settle, DT
The more 5-star defensive tackle Tim Settle is studied, the more it's believed he could be a rare plug-and-play prospect in the defensive trenches.
Settle, who is from Virginia, is nearly 6'4" and weighs 305 pounds. With the type of strength, power, toughness and physicality he has, he can play in any type of scheme.
Alabama, Virginia and Ohio State are his top schools, per 247Sports.
Kevin Toliver II, CB
The nation's best cornerback, Kevin Toliver II is a physical press-corner who uses his length and wiry strength to bully receivers at the line on the perimeter.
Toliver can use his 6'2", 185-pound frame to walk up to a receiver, sit down in his stance and push them into the sideline after forcing an outside release. His long arms, confidence and toughness make him an ideal cornerback in a man-dominant scheme.
He's committed to LSU.
If he is up in press man, there are a lot of times kids don't get off the ball because he is taking them to the water cooler.
CeCe Jefferson, DE
CeCe Jefferson is a 5-star defensive end who can play on the weak or strong-side. At 6'2" and 250 pounds, the Florida native isn't the biggest edge-defender in the nation, but he has a great combination of quickness and strength.
Jefferson can jump on top of blockers at the snap, as well as convert speed to power. His explosiveness helps him generate more force when he tackles, which allows him to light up ball-carriers when he gets a chance.
He's expected to sign with Florida, says 247Sports.
Mitch Hyatt, OT
Mitch Hyatt is a 5-star offensive tackle with good athleticism, patience and technique. He doesn't over-extend often, choosing to stay square and balanced as a pass-protector.
However, don't get it twisted, this dude has a nasty and physical side to him.
The 6'5.5", 271-pound Clemson commit can use his strength to dig defenders out of alleys, and he also plays a little bigger than his listed size at the point of attack.
Trent Thompson, DT
The Georgia native is known around the Peach State as a 6'4", 292-pound problem. Thompson not only beats blockers off the ball with quickness, he also has a punch with a ton of shock value at the point of attack.
He can anchor in the trenches, but Thompson can also toss blockers aside with power to get clean. He's a physical terror with a ton of potential.
Georgia could very well have the inside track.
Daylon Mack, DT
Not only is 5-star defensive tackle a smart defender with awareness and ball-location skills, he also is a 6'2", 310-pound defensive tackle with exceptional power, toughness and strength.
Mack, who is committed to Texas A&M, beats up blockers all night long to the point they're worn out in the fourth quarter. He can play in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme, as he has great quickness and an explosive punch.
The Texan is a solid athlete for his size who can easily convert speed to power as a pass-rusher to walk an offensive lineman back into the pocket. It's hard to find an offensive lineman right now in the 2015 class who can match Mack's physicality.