National Signing Day is just days away, and there are several top defenders who should make a big impact in college football next year. Here are the top defensive recruits in the country this year:
DT Trent Thompson (Albany, GA)
Thompson is staying in-state to play for Georgia, and Bulldogs fans are going to love what they see from this guy for the next three years. At 6'3" and 313 pounds, Thompson is big enough to discourage teams from running up the middle and quick enough to have an impact rushing the passer. It's no wonder he's the #1 recruit in the country:
DE Byron Cowart (Seffner, FL)
Cowart has the size (6’4″, 250 lbs.) and speed (4.6 40-yard dash) that have college coaches drooling, and should be able to make an immediate impact rushing the passer as a true freshman. Florida is the favorite, but Florida State and Auburn are also in the mix.
DB Iman Marshall (Long Beach, CA)
Marshall is a big, physical corner (6’1″, 190 lbs.) that can also play safety, and that versatility means he should see the field a lot as a true freshman. USC is the odds-on favorite to land him and keep him in-state, but he’s also considering LSU, Florida State (he even has porn stars recruiting him to the Seminoles), Notre Dame, and Michigan, who's making a late push with Jim Harbaugh.
DE CeCe Jefferson (Glen Saint Mary, FL)
Jefferson is probably the most physically ready defensive end in this class at 6’2″, 275 pounds. He’s projected to go to Florida as the Gators are hoping to land this trio of top prospects, but Ole Miss also has a strong chance. LSU, Auburn, and Alabama are on the table as well, but they’re on the outside looking in.
OLB Malik Jefferson – Texas
Jefferson is already on campus is Austin, and he’ll be seeing the field a lot in the fall. At 6’2″ and 215 pounds, he needs to bulk up a little bit, but he’s speed and agility should make him a menace in the Big 12 right away.
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