Published December 26, 2013 - 12:00pmNEW: Follow on facebook -
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 247Sports.com 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 247Sports.com 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:
- 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