The SEC continues to lead with defensive linemen


If the SEC is superior to the rest of the country because of its elite defensive linemen, the conference is certainly in great hands moving forward. In fact, the conference is stacked with elite defensive linemen for the next several years.

Arkansas was the only team that failed to land a four-star defensive lineman in the 2013 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Team Rankings.

From the rankings and star power below, it’s pretty easy to see which teams are setting themselves up for future success. Check out all this future defensive line talent from the last two signing classes:

Jonathan Allen, LB/DE, 5-star
A’Shawn Robinson, DT, 5-star
Tim Williams, DE, 4-star
Darius Page, DT, 4-Star (JUCO)
Dee Liner, DT, 4-star
Korren Kirvin, DT, 4-star (‘12 signee)
Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, 4-star (‘12 signee)

Austin Flynn, DE, 4-star (‘12 JUCO signee)

Montravius Adams, DT, 5-star
Elijah Daniel, DE, 5-star
Carl Lawson, DE, 5-star
Tyler Nero, DT, 4-star (‘12 signee)

Darious Cummings, DT, 4-star (JUCO)
Jarran Reed, DT, 4-star (JUCO)
Jay-nard Bostwick, DT/DE, 4-star
Caleb Brantley, DT, 4-star
Jordan Sherit, DE, 4-star
Dante Fowler, DE, 5-star (‘12 signee)
Jonathan Bullard, DE, 5-star (‘12 signee)
Quinteze Williams, DE, 4-star (‘12 signee)

John Atkins, DT, 4-star (Prep School)
Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, 4-star (Prep School)
Jordan Jenkins, DE, 4-star (‘12 signee)
John Taylor, DT, 4-star (‘12 signee)

Za’Darius Smith, DE, 4-star (JUCO)
Jason Hatcher, DE, 4-star

Christian LaCouture, DE, 4-star
Greg Gilmore, DT, 4-star
Frank Herron, DE, 4-star
Kendell Beckwith, OLB/DE, 4-star
Tashawn Bower, DE, 4-star
Michael Patterson, DE, 4-star
Danielle Hunter, DE, 4-star (‘12 signee)

Mississippi State
Chris Jones, DE, 5-star
Denico Autry, DE, 5-star (JUCO ‘12 signee)
Nick James, DT, 4-star (‘12 signee)
Quay Evans, DT, 4-star (‘12 signee)
AJ Jefferson, DE, 4-star (‘12 signee)

Josh Augusta, DT, 4-star

Ole Miss
Robert Nkemdiche, DE, 5-star
Lavon Hooks, DT, 5-star (JUCO)
Channing Ward, DE, 4-star (‘12 signee)

South Carolina
Kelsey Griffin, DT, 4-star
Devin Washington, DE, 4-star
Darius English, DE, 4-star (‘12 signee)

Jason Carr, DE, 4-star
Danny O’Brien, DT, 4-star (‘12 signee)

Texas A&M
Isaiah Golden, DT, 4-star
Justin Manning, DT, 4-star
Daeshon Hall, DE, 4-star
Hardreck Walker, DT, 4-star
Michael Richardson, DE, 4-star (‘12 signee)
Polo Manukainiu, DE, 4-star (‘12 signee)
Tyrone Taylor, DE, 4-star (‘12 signee)

Landon Stokes, DE, 4-star

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