SEC’s top 5 weak-side defensive end targets for 2015

Photo courtesy of Shameik Blackshear

The defensive line is the backbone of what makes the SEC great, that’s the way we see it at Saturday Down South. Here’s a look at the top 5 weakside defensive ends that have a realistic chance of ending up on SEC rosters.

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Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings. Also, for more in-depth SDS written stories about these top prospects, click on the blue links.

1. Shameik Blackshear, Bluffton (S.C.), 6-5/240

  • SEC schools: Committed to South Carolina.
  • The skinny: Blackshear is a beast at the defensive end position, just another elite talent who has made the Gamecocks his chosen school. Once again, South Carolina owns the No. 1 player in its talent-rich state. Clemson and others? Eat your heart out.

2. Mekhi Brown, Columbus (Ga.), 6-6/230

  • SEC schools: Committed to Alabama
  • The skinny: There’s nothing like a 6-foot-6 defensive end, so from the get go the Crimson Tide are getting a monster rush end. He’s been on board with Alabama for nearly a year, but he did take an unofficial visit to Florida last weekend. So stay tuned?

3. Natrez Patrick, Atlanta (Ga.), 6-3/220

  • SEC schools: Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, Florida,, LSU
  • The skinny: This seems to boil down to a battle between the in-state Bulldogs and Auburn. The Tigers are trying very hard to wrestle him loose from Georgia, but that’s going to be a tall order for this D-end who can also play some mean linebacker.

4. Arden Key, Atlanta (Ga.), 6-5/200

  • SEC schools: Georgia, South Carolina
  • The skinny: This former South Carolina commitment is hearing from a bunch of SEC programs, and the college choice is going to be a tough one. He tells Saturday Down South he’s well aware of the D-end legacy at Carolina, but he’s also from Georgia and loves the Bulldogs. Should be interesting.

5. D’Andre Walker, Fairburn (Ga.), 6-2/215

  • SEC schools: Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, Florida
  • The skinny: So are you getting sick of hearing about how great the defensive ends in Georgia are? I mean, it seems like they’re all from the Peach State. This is another Georgia-Auburn battle and you can bet all of these talented D-ends are watching what the others are doing.

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