All suffocating defenses in college football put relentless pressure on opposing offensive linemen and quarterbacks thanks in a big part to the defensive end/edge rushers that have become an integral part of all defensive formations. The following is a short list of the top high school recruits at defensive end/edge rusher across the nation who will be playing at the next level in August.
Myles Murphy played high school football in Powder Springs, Georgia and the 6-foot-5 260-pound defensive standout will make an immediate impact with the Clemson Tigers where he has already enrolled and will suit up in August. Murphy is considered to be the best there is at his position and has an incredibly long wingspan of 6-foot-10 making him difficult to pass over and opposing quarterbacks must always remember what side of the field he is coming from.
Alfred Collins played high school football at Bastrop, Texas and the 6-foot-5 284-pound Collins will make an immediate impact at the college level. The talented defensive end can fit into multiple roles as well as multiple schemes for any defense. Collins has lined up inside when playing in a four man front and has also lined up on the outside on certain passing defending situations when he can put a great deal of pressure on the opposing quarterback. Collins has committed to play for the Texas Longhorns.
Zykeivous Walker played high school football in Ellaville, Georgia and the 6-foot-4 260-pound defensive end has committed to play for the Auburn Tigers. Walker led his high school team to the playoffs in 2019 thanks to 85 tackles, 11 quarterback sacks and 29 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Walker will make an immediate impact playing for the Tigers in not only the SEC but in Auburn’s difficult non-conference schedule against nationally ranked opponents.
Braiden McGregor played high school football in Port Huron, Michigan and the 6-foot-6 260-pound defensive end is considered to be one of the top five heading into the next level and has committed to play for the Big Ten Michigan Wolverines. McGregor is expected to make an immediate impact on an already strong defensive unit for the Wolverines both against the run and more importantly against the past thanks to excellent size and quickness.
Tyler Barron played high school football in Knoxville, Tennessee and the 6-foot-5 256-pound Baron has committed to play for the Tennessee Volunteers. Baron has been timed at 4.79 in the 40-yard dash and owns a vertical leap of 30.1 inches making the defensive end a nemesis to any offensive tackle and opposing quarterback. Barron is known for his athleticism and his ability to push offensive lineman backwards into the backfield to disrupt not only running plays but pass protection as well.