Published December 31, 2013 - 12:00pmNEW: Follow on facebook -
It’s a good argument–is any position in the SEC more important than the defensive end? Maybe not. Here are five high school players–weakside defensive ends, specifically–who are SEC commitments who look like they’ll fit comfortably into the conference. All seem to have the build and talent to succeed at this level—and probably beyond. They’ll need to be good to go against the strong offensive lines of the SEC.
Soon, highly touted Lorenzo Carter will join the ranks below–but for now, these are the ones who are committed.
1. Myles Garrett–Texas A&M commit
- James Martin (Arlington, Texas), 6-4/240
- The skinny: He’s big, but he’s not just a clueless hulking mass–this is a kid who knows how to play this position. He was a terror in the backfield his senior seasons, racking up 39 tackles for loss and 21 sacks–yes, you read that stat line correctly. Look for Garrett to be an immediate impact player on a defense that desperately needs some help.
2. Justin Thornton–Auburn commit
- Vigor (Mobile, Ala.), 6-5/225
- The skinny: Thornton was born for this position. He has the perfect build to develop into a monster at the position, and quarterbacks had better watch out. This is one of the gems of the already impressive Auburn class. The one things that sticks out even more than most about Thornton is his quickness.
3, Dante Sawyer–South Carolina commitment
- North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.), 6-3/265
- The skinny: Sawyer is versatile enough to play linebacker, showing his ability to move–but he’ll most likely be at defensive end in college. His strength seems to be the intangibles of the position. He’s been coached well and it shows in how he handles every snap.
4. Qualen Cunningham–Texas A&M commit
- Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), 6-4/220
- The skinny: Cunningham has a frame that he’ll be able to add to in college, showing his upside at the defensive end position. He has good speed at 4.65 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He’ll join Myles Garrett to give Texas A&M one of the best tandems in the country at the position.
5. Keyon Brown–Georgia commit
- Hardee (Wauchula, Fla.), 6-3/230
- The skinny: Brown only picked Georgia recently, but he’s a huge pickup for the Bulldogs–especially if in-stater Lorenzo Carter goes elsewhere. “I think what makes a five-star player is they have good size and they play with a motor, and they play hard,” Brown told SDS. “Coaches always tell me they like my quickness, my motor, and my hands.”
Here are the SEC’s top ranked commits by position prior to National Signing Day:
- Dual-Threat Quarterbacks
- Pro-Style Quarterbacks
- Running Backs
- All-Purpose Running Backs
- Wide Receivers
- Tight Ends
- Offensive Tackles
- Offensive Guards
- Offensive Centers
- Weak-Side Defensive Ends
- Strong-Side Defensive Ends
- Defensive Tackles
- Inside Linebackers
- Outside Linebackers