When it's time to set the tone on defense, coaches must be able to rely on a strong and steady presence up front. Defensive tackles who win battles consistently command attention and create increased opportunities for their supporting cast.
The 2015 recruiting class includes several standout linemen who leave offensive coordinators searching for answers, wreaking havoc in the trenches at all times. It's rare to locate a young player who combines massive size, coordination and quickness, which is why the elite members of this group have warranted scholarship offers throughout their high school careers.
The future interior disrupters of college football have put their talents on display during high school competition and football showcases, including The Opening, an invite-only event held in July at Nike's world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
After examining game tape and watching many of the top performers compete with their peers at The Opening, here's our assessment of America's 10 best defensive tackles.
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.