The defensive tackle position is easily one of the most overlooked positions on the field. However, it is the spot that tends to take on the interior line and often has 2 blockers on them at a time to open up the holes for the running backs. So who are the top recruits for this valuable position and where are they heading to in the way of college football? That is a good question and one that is able to be answered here.
Timothy Smith is coming out of Sebastian River which is located in Florida. Smith is planning on heading to Alabama and will be a huge road block in the middle of the line at 6’4” and 320 pounds. With only a total of 3 defensive tackle recruits there is a very good chance that Smith could make an immediate impact for the Crimson Tide.
Jordan Burch is coming out of Hammond School which is located in Columbia, South Carolina. However, Burch is not venturing far from the state as he is going to become a Gamecock and head to South Carolina. Burch is a little bit on the small side for an interior defensive lineman, but will rely on a good skill set to get him through. Jordan is coming into South Carolina standing at 6’5” and only 275 pounds.
The Florida schools are slipping quite a bit by allowing another top 5 recruit to leave the state. The third highest rated defensive tackle is Jalen Carter from Apopka, Florida. He is following another teammate out of the state by going to Georgia. Carter is standing at 6’3” and tips the scales at 301 pounds while that is not the largest player, it still will be a good start for the younger player going to Georgia which has a great conditioning program.
Gervon Dexter is another Florida product out of Lake Wales. However, unlike the other recruits from Florida that are heading out of state Dexter opted to become a Gator. In fact, Carter could have an almost immediate impact in the Gators line with just his size and power alone. Carter stands at 6’6” and comes in at 286 pounds, which makes him an immediate force to be reckoned with.
The top defensive tackle recruit, though, does not even come out of Florida and instead comes out of Damascus, Maryland. That recruit is none other than Bryan Bresee who is coming in as an average sized lineman at 6’5” and 290 pounds. However, I am sure that Clemson would be very happy to welcome the recruit to the field this fall.