How many five-star DTs panned out in the last 10 years?


SDS will be taking a look around the country, as well as the SEC, at five-star prospects according to Here are the defensive tackles.

Previous five-star articles:

There are currently four five-star defensive tackles in Kenny Bigelow, Eddie Vanderdoes, Montravius Adams and A’Shawn Robinson in the 2013 class.

And over the course of the last decade, there have been 25 five-star defensive tackles:

2003 – 1 DT

Nathaniel Robinson, Rutgers: Robinson originally committed to Miami but wound up signing with Rutgers. Robinson showed up out of shape to training camp and was eventually dismissed from the team after legal trouble. He was the very definition of a bust.

DTs ranked lower: Sedrick Ellis, Marcus Thomas and Trevor Laws

2004 – 2 DTs

DeMario Pressley, NC State: Pressley had a solid career for the Wolfpack, racking up 99 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. He even made two INTs his final season as a junior before entering the NFL Draft. He was a fifth-round pick with the Saints and currently plays for the Bears.

Franklin Okam, Texas: Okam was a freshman All-American at Texas and played four years, making 95 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. Okam became a fifth-round pick with the Texans and currently plays for the Omaha Nighthawks.

DTs ranked lower: Glenn Dorsey, Peria Jerry, Pat Sims, Domata Peko, BJ Raji, Alan Branch, Broderick Bunkley, Amobi Okoye and Terrance Knighton

2005 – 3 DTs

DeMarcus Granger, Oklahoma: Granger played four years at OU, notching 78 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and only 3.5 sacks. Injuries helped lead Granger to an underachieving career. He went undrafted and last played for the Iowa Barnstormers in 2011.

Callahan Bright, FSU: Bright never even made it to FSU’s campus because of academics. Bright went to prep school, JUCO and then worked on a garbage truck. In 2009, he returned to school for DII Shaw University. Bright may have had one of the best bull rushes of all time, but he was a total bust.

Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss: Powe spent a year in prep school and Penn Foster Career School before ultimately making it to Oxford. His junior season, Powe finally broke out with 12 tackles for loss and three sacks. He was second-team All-SEC in his junior and senior seasons. He became a sixth-round pick with the Chiefs, where he still plays.

DTs ranked lower: Ndamukong Suh, Tyson Alualu, Roy Miller, Dan Williams and Henry Melton

2006 – 2 DTs

Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma: McCoy was a stud at OU, playing three years and making 83 tackles, 33 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks. McCoy was the third pick overall in the ‘10 draft with the Bucs, where he still plays.

Al Woods, LSU: Woods played four years with the Tigers, racking up 73 tackles, eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He had a solid career, but he just didn’t live up to the five-star hype. Woods was a fourth-round pick with the Bucs, and he currently plays for the Steelers.

DTs ranked lower: Kendrick Ellis, Corey Peters, Terrence Cody, Stephen Paea, Phil Taylor, Karl Klug and Stephen Paea

2007 – 2 DTs

Marvin Austin, UNC: Austin played three years for Carolina, racking up 106 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks. However, he’ll be remembered for his suspension for the entire 2010 season. Austin was a second-round pick with the Giants, where he still plays today.

Torrey Davis, Florida: Davis was a huge blue-chip recruit for Urban Meyer, but Davis turned out to be a bust. He’ll be remembered for his two impact plays against Oklahoma on a goal-line stand. But that’s it. Davis eventually left Florida because of off-the-field issues and academic problems. He resurfaced at Jacksonville State before playing in the CFL.

DTs ranked lower: Drake Nevis, Cameron Heyward, Will Blackwell, Nick Gentry, Pernell McPhee, Kendall Reyes, Nick Fairley, Linval Joseph, Jaye Howard, Star Lotulelei and Brian Price

2008 – 2 DTs

Marcus Forston, Miami: Forston had a solid freshman season and an even better sophomore season, registering 16.5 tackles for loss and six sacks in those two years. But he underachieved his junior year and left school early. He went undrafted in ‘12 but holds a spot on the Patriots’ practice roster.

Omar Hunter, Florida: Urban Meyer put Florida on “Omar Watch”, and he entered Florida as one of Meyer’s top signees ever. And Hunter had a good career, but he was never the difference-maker everyone thought he would be. Hunter registered 11 tackles for loss and only one sack in his four-year career.

DTs ranked lower: DeAngelo Tyson, Marcel Dareus, Jurrell Casey, Michael Brockers, Mike Martin, Dontari Poe, Derek Wolfe and Corey Liuget

2009 – 5 DTs

Sheldon Richardson, Missouri: Richardson played at College of the Sequoias in California before heading to Missouri. There, Richardson racked up 112 total tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and six sacks in two years. He was a beast for Missouri in 2012, and he will enter the NFL Draft as an underclassman.

Jacobbi McDaniel, FSU: McDaniel played pretty well as a freshman and sophomore, but he fell off the map as a junior and senior because of a broken leg. McDaniel has only registered 1.5 sacks in three complete years, but his injury certainly had an impact. He used 2012 to fully recover.

Gary Brown, Florida: Brown made it to campus, but he was dismissed in February of 2010 after his arrest for striking two women who were trying to kick people out of a party, and he’s never been heard from again.

Chris Davenport, LSU: Davenport is another tackle that was a bust. He played in 23 career games, making no starts, and he just recently transferred to Tulane.

William Campbell, Michigan: Campbell came in with much hype at Ann Arbor, but he never really seemed to pan out as a five-star player. He appeared in 51 consecutive contests, making only 11 starts in four years. He moved to offensive line before moving back to defensive tackle as a reserve. Campbell only made three sacks his entire career.

DTs ranked lower: Abry Jones, John Jenkins, Kwame Geathers, Will Sutton and Fletcher Cox

2010 – 2 DTs

Sharrif Floyd, Florida: Floyd played out of position for a couple years at Florida at end, but he moved back to tackle before the 2012 season. He had a breakout year and team high 8.5 tackles for loss and four QB hurries. Floyd is projected to be a first-round pick in April’s draft.

Dominique Easley, Florida: Easley has played three years at Florida, and he suffered an ACL injury in 2011. Easley plays more end than tackle, and he’s made 67 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in three years. Easley is returning to Florida for his senior season.

DTs ranked lower: Louis Nix III, Garrison Smith and Johnathan Hankins

2011 – 1 DT

Anthony Johnson, LSU: Nicknamed the Freak, Johnson is set to be a breakout player in ‘13 for the Tigers. He’s registered 42 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and four sacks in two years for the Tigers.

DTs ranked lower: Tim Jernigan, Michael Bennett, Gabe Wright and Jordan Phillips

2012 – 5 DTs

Mario Edwards, FSU: Edwards made 17 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks as a true freshman at FSU.

Eddie Goldman, FSU: Goldman made eight tackles and one tackle for loss as a freshman for FSU.

Ondre Pipkins, Michigan: Pipkins made only seven tackles for Michigan as a freshman.

Ellis McCarthy, UCLA: McCarthy registered 10 tackles and one sack for the Bruins.

Malcom Brown, Texas: Brown notched 17 tackles and two tackles for loss for the Longhorns in ‘12.

DTs ranked lower: Tommy Schutt, John Taylor, Carlos Watkins, Jarron Jones and Quay Evans

Lived up to the hype

  • DeMario Pressley, NC State
  • Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
  • Marvin Austin, UNC (on the field)
  • Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
  • Sharrif Floyd, Florida

Good careers but mixed reviews

  • Frank Okam, Texas
  • DeMarcus Granger, Oklahoma
  • Jerrell Powe, Ole Miss
  • Al Woods, LSU
  • Marcus Forston, Miami
  • Omar Hunter, Florida


  • Nathaniel Robinson, Rutgers
  • Callahan Bright, FSU
  • Torrey Davis, Florida
  • Gary Brown, Florida
  • Chris Davenport
  • William Campbell, Michigan


  • Jacobbi McDaniel, FSU
  • Dominique Easley, Florida
  • Anthony Johnson, LSU
  • Mario Edwards, FSU
  • Eddie Goldman, FSU
  • Ondre Pipkins, Michigan
  • Ellis McCarthy, UCLA
  • Malcom Brown, Texas
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