College Football Recruiting DE Rankings 2015: Top 10 After The Opening

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College Football Recruiting DE Rankings 2015: Top 10 After The Opening
Credit: 247Sports
College teams covet top overall prospect Josh Sweat.

Headlined by the nation's top-ranked recruit, the 2015 class of defensive ends should make life miserable in offensive backfields for years to come. College prospects from across the country bring rare blends of athleticism and size to the position, providing pass-rushing prowess and run-stuffing skills.

Dominant defensive ends can impact the game today more than ever, as offenses increasingly rely on keeping the quarterback upright in air-oriented attacks. Playmakers who can consistently pursue and harass the passer alter the fortunes of a defensive unit and force opponents to rewrite their game plans.

This recruiting cycle isn't lacking for talent at the position. A versatile mix of athletes attended The Opening in early July, testing their skills during a three-day showcase at Nike's world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon and providing us a glimpse of several premier prospects.

Based on what we witnessed in Beaverton and have identified during game-film breakdowns, here's our examination of the top 10 defensive ends in America. 


This article is part of Bleacher Report's CFB 200 Recruiting Rankings Series. The overall rankings are based on the 247Sports composite system, which takes into account every recruiting service's rankings. The positional rankings also correspond with those composite scores. Stay tuned over the next two weeks as we take an in-depth look at college football's stars of tomorrow.

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