Ranking the Top Defensive Ends in the 2011 Recruiting Class

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Ranking the Top Defensive Ends in the 2011 Recruiting Class

Defensive end is the one position where you see more than a few true freshmen making an impact, sometimes from day one.

2010's D-end crew was epic, with Florida's Ronald Powell the choice for many recruitnik's No. 1 prospect overall. You'll see him and his pal Dominique Easley terrorizing SEC offensive lines once college football kicks off (gulp) four months from now.

Well, as Mark Twain said, history doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme. 2011's defensive end crew may not be as historic as 2010's, but it breaks down almost the same: a clear front runner who is pushing for No. 1 overall consideration; a runner-up deciding between three top-tier schools, and a host of raw talent that, depending on their school selections, could see time from day one.

Take a look at the best of 2011's defensive ends.

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