Recruiting by position: Defensive tackles
No matter what recruiting service at which you look, the SEC has as many as 10 programs in the top-25 and seven in the top-14 of the 2015 rankings.
While you may or may not put a lot of stock into rankings, there’s no question the SEC recruits better than any other conference in the country.
With National Signing Day less than a month away, Saturday Down South looks at the top 20 prospects at each position group and how many will or could play for SEC teams in 2015.
Editor’s Note: Below is a list of the consensus top 20 defensive tackles across all three major recruiting services: 247Sports, Rivals and Scout.
Defensive tackles: The Class of 2015 is stocked with some very good defensive tackles. However, only 30 percent are committed to SEC programs.
Uncommitted Targets: Daylon Mack leads a pack of three uncommitted prospects, all of who are expected to join other conferences.
Top 20 defensive tackles
1. Trent Thompson, Georgia — The nation’s top defensive tackle chose to stay in-state and attend Georgia, where he should be a force on the Bulldogs’ defensive line.
2. Khalil McKenzie, Tennessee — Butch Jones snagged the son of a former NFL player from the West Coast. McKenzie should develop into a star in Knoxville.
3. Daylon Mack, uncommitted — Mack had a strong showing at last week’s Under Armour events. With a pair of SEC schools among his top five, Mack’s decision seems to be between Texas A&M and TCU.
4. Daron Payne, Alabama — The Shades Valley star gave the Crimson Tide defensive front a boost with his commitment over the weekend. Payne is powerful on the defensive interior and could be the best Alabama lineman of the last few years.
5. Shy Tuttle, Tennessee — Tuttle is a force on the interior of the defense and could play early for the Volunteers.
6. Christian Wilkins, Clemson — Dabo Swinney nabbed this Connecticut product who will be star for the Tigers in coming years.
7. Breiden Fehoko, Texas Tech — The four-star prospect from Hawaii will make his way to the mainland and give Kliff Kingsbury some talent along the defensive line.
8. Jacob Daniel, USC — Daniel is huge along the defensive front — he stands 6-foot-4, 310-pounds — and is a huge pickup for the Trojans.
9. Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma — Gallimore, a native of Canada, will suit up for Bob Stoops and the Sooners. He has a great story, but should become a great player in the Big 12 also.
10. Tim Settle, Virginia Tech — Settle has the size to play early, but perhaps his greatest asset is his quick first step from the middle of the defense.
11. Albert Huggins, Clemson — The Orangeburg-Wilkinson needs to beef up some, but is a solid addition for the Tigers.
12. Adam McLean, Maryland — McLean is a Maryland product who adds some needed talent to the Terrapins defensive front.
13. Joseph Wicker, uncommitted — Wicker has huge upside. He’ll make his choose from a set of Pac-12 and Big 12 schools.
14. Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas — Froholdt is an underrated pickup for Bret Bielema. The Bradenton, Fla., native is already on campus.
15. Darvin Taylor, Florida State — The Seminoles grabbed another prospect from the state of Virginia. Taylor needs to put on some weight, but will be a solid player for Charles Kelly’s defense.
16. Fletcher Adams, Mississippi State — At 6-foot-3, 260-pounds, Adams needs to beef up but could be the next in a growing list of great Bulldogs defensive linemen.
17. Raequan Williams, Michigan State — The Chicago product will head to East Lansing and join a physical Spartans defense.
18. Marquise Overton, Oklahoma — Overton, weighing in at 301 pounds, has the size to play early for the Sooners.
19. Thomas Toki, Washington State — Toki is perhaps the cornerstone piece to a good Cougars defensive class.
20. Darrion Daniels, uncommitted — The four-star prospect out of Dallas is considering Missouri, but likely will end up in the Big 12.