SEC’s top 5 strong side DE signees for 2014


Alabama may have the top dog when it comes to the nation’s top strongside defensive ends, but LSU has two top prospects to watch when you take a look at the SEC’s top five.

Here’s a look at the best five strongside defensive ends in the 2014 SEC signing class (high school recruits only):

EDITOR’S NOTE: All references to ratings come from the composite ranking

1. Da’Shawn Hand–Alabama

  • Woodbridge (Va.), 6-4/265
  • The skinny: He’s big, he’s mobile and he’s a very intelligent player. That’s a great combination for the next level, and one can almost definitely pencil in Hand’s name for the NFL draft in a couple of years. He has everything going for him.

2. Nifae Lealao–Vanderbilt

  • Sacramento (Calif.), 6-5/285
  • The skinny: Lealao is one of the top prospects to come to Vanderbilt in quite sometime, and he followed his coach from Stanford. He should be an instant impact contributor for the Commodores, who will need all of his talents.

3. Dewayne Hendrix–Tennessee

  • O Fallon (Ill.), 6-5/255
  • The skinny: The Big Ten really didn’t want to see this kid escape its backyard, but he wanted to play in the SEC. Hendrix has room to grow, body wise, and when he does–watch out.  He’s just coming off competing in the Semper Fidelis All American Bowl in California.

4, Davon Godchaux–LSU commit

  • Plaquemine (La.), 6-4/265
  • The skinny: Few thought this U.S. Army All American would ever consider leaving his home state. He brings another big body to an LSU class that is already incredibly dominant. Look for him to grow into his frame even more with the Tigers.

5. Deondre Clark–LSU commit

  • Douglass (Oklahoma City, Okla.), 6-3/240
  • The skinny: This is certainly one guy Oklahoma and Oklahoma State hated to see leave the state. These are definitely the kinds of kids they have to keep home. This is one of the quicker strongside defensive ends in the country, and he packs a little less weight than some of his top peers.

Top 5 signees broken down by position:



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  • Very exciting players, you could also add, based on the NFL lately, anybody Missouri recruits

  • Godchaux would rather be playing at Ole Miss than LSU. On signing day he signed his LOI but his mom wouldn’t sign it and told him he had to go to LSU. He wasn’t happy about it, When LSU fans heard that Godchaux had signed his LOI with Ole Miss, they were bashing this kid on the msg boards. Then he had to sign with LSU because of his mom, and the same fans after bashing him, took him right back.