The LSU Tigers solidified their defensive line Saturday after securing the commitment of 4-star defensive tackle Dare Rosenthal.
According to Shea Dixon of 247Sports, Rosenthal chose LSU over the rival Alabama Crimson Tide.
The Ferriday, Louisiana, native is the No. 18 defensive tackle and No. 193 player overall in 2018, per Scout. He's also the seventh-best DT in the South Region.
It's easy to see why Alabama showed such an early interest in Rosenthal. He possesses all of the tools to excel at the next level.
He has a frame (6'7", 309 lbs) that will suit him well, and more importantly, he is a good athlete for his size. Rosenthal participated in the New Orleans regional for The Opening on April 10, 2016. During the event, he ran a 5.15-second 40-yard dash and a 4.56-second shuttle.
During the event, it was impossible to miss him when he was standing with his fellow group members, per AL.com's Drew Champlin:
Drew Champlin @DrewChamplin
268 on right is Alabama '18 commit Dare Rosenthal. Working with DL today. Big dude https://t.co/2hECxaCH3f2016-4-10 18:47:36
SicEm365's Damon Sayles shared a short clip of Rosenthal exploding off the snap:
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2018 DT Dare Rosenthal is monstrous. 6-7, 300-plus. Getting great tutelage from Kennard Lang. #TheOpening https://t.co/vtiLp2roZU2016-4-10 17:55:09
Because he played both defensive and offensive line in high school, Rosenthal will need to work on his technique in order to reach his full potential at the next level. It's a common problem for many players who have played multiple positions.
LSU has traditionally churned out top-flight prospects on the defensive side of the ball, and since it continues to excel on defense, it may not be forced to press him into significant action right away.
Rosenthal wouldn't be a complete disaster should he play as a true freshman, but he'd benefit from a slower adjustment to the FBS. That would allow him more time to sharpen his skills.
Expecting Rosenthal to produce immediate dividends is unrealistic. As a sophomore or junior, he should be poised to break out and become an integral member of LSU's line.