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Top SEC commits at defensive tackle–Florida leads the pack

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It’s a good question–is any position in the SEC more important than the defensive tackle position? Maybe not. Here are five high school players who are SEC commitments who look like they’ll fit comfortably into the conference–and quickly. Without this kind of defensive line talent, it’s difficult to compete in the SEC.

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Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the composite rankings for high school prospects.

1. Gerald Willis–Florida commit

  • Edna Karr (New Orleans, La.), 6-3/275
  • The skinny: Willis was a nice surprise for the Gators during the all-star week, announce on live television that he would play for the Gators. It almost seemed like his commitment had an effect on the next couple of weeks, as other prospects came aboard.

2. Bijhon Jackson–Arkansas commit

  • El Dorado (Ed Dorado, Ark.), 6-2/335
  • The skinny: The best player in Arkansas–period–this ultra quick tackle was coveted by all of the powers that be in the SEC West, but he stayed close to home and Bret Bielema couldn’t be happier. He’s the best recruit the Razorbacks have this year. He can plug up a hole in a heartbeat and keep anything from getting past him.

3. Lamont Gaillard–Georgia commit

  • Pine Forest (Fayetteville, N.C.), 6-3/310
  • The skinny: Gaillard is just a wrecking ball on defense, and he’s exactly what the Bulldogs need on defense. The North Carolina native is rated behind only a few other players in the composite ranking of the defensive tackle position. Nobody is going to easily block this guy, thanks to his size, strength and quickness. Best to use two blockers.

4. Josh Frazier–Alabama commit

  • Har-ber (Springdale, Ark.), 6-3/335
  • The skinny: Just another gem is an amazing Alabama class that may end up ranking as one of the best ever. This is a big guy who can scoot.

5.  Dontavius Russell–Auburn commit

  • Carrollton (Ga.), 6-3/300
  • The skinny: Russell is a great example of what an amazing game atmosphere can do to help push a prospect in a certain direction. He saw the Iron Bowl, dropped Georgia the next day and within weeks was onboard with Auburn.

Here are the SEC’s top ranked commits by position prior to National Signing Day:



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  1. Actually Breeland Speaks is closer to 290 lbs now. After watching him the MS/AL All-Star game, I was really impressed. He is really quick and strong. He did so well at the All-Star game that 247recruiting bumped up his rating to 95.

    • Yeah, those weights are from summer so I figured some kids may have bumped up some. I was also impressed Breeland during interviews. He’s obviously a physical specimen for the position, but he’s also incredibly mature and humble. That’s a great package in a next-level kid. I think he’s going to flourish — really like the kid.

      • I agree, but after watching him play, I think he would do really well at DE. He seems to have all the tools. There are always going to be alot really good DTs in the SEC. It seems like Ole Miss has been missing that one big DT in the middle. Last season Pena did a really good job for Ole Miss. Thanks for all the articles and updates, you have done a really good job.