Position: Defensive tackle

Marlin Dean

Marlin Dean Is an intriguing prospect that possesses excellent height with good bulk and room to support some additional good mass. He should have no problem playing at 300+ once in a college strength and conditioning program. He displays very good playing strength as well as good get-off quickness.

Against the run, he displays ability to fire off and uncoil and hold ground when he stays low. With his height, that is not easy but he does a good job overall. He flashes ability to battle and at times split double teams. With great reach, he has explosive upper body power to separate and shed blockers. He needs to work to be more consistent with his hand usage but has all the tools to become great in this area. He also displays good agility and redirect skills for size to be active along the line.

Against the pass, he displays a good bull rush ability when he fires off and stays low. Again, learning how to do this consistently will take him to the next level. He flashes the ability to be able to get offensive linemen off balance with double moves and has the tools to be a disruptive pass rusher.

Marlin can be a physical presence in trenches and displays a great motor. There are many players in this class that might be more polished at this stage but few that have the combination of speed, size, and potential that Marlin does. He has all the tools in size, strength and mobility and you can see flashes off those abilities in action making for a promising D-Line prospect. He is the perfect candidate for a redshirt to gain weight and experience and be an instant contributor as a RS Freshman.

Lee Hunter

Lee Hunter possesses excellent overall size with a thick, broad build with a frame that can continue to be developed some with time in a college weight program. He is stronger against the run, but he has the tools to be a real disruptive force inside as both a run defender and an interior pass rusher.

Against the run, Lee flashes very good initial power and with his size and length is capable of being dominant at the point of attack, when he stays low. Demonstrates heavy hands with the ability to press blockers. He is a good athlete for his size and displays above-average redirect skills and range and can be a dominant factor along the line of scrimmage.

Against the pass, when he fires out low, he can convert speed-to-power and easily knock blockers back. At this stage, he is more of a power rusher, but with the ability to redirect well and with active hands can continue to develop pass rush arsenal.

Lee is a talented prospect that has wreaked havoc at the high school level and has the size and the maturity to be able to come into a program and be able to contribute quickly. He needs to watch his pad level but if he keeps his motor going and stays motivated, he could be one of the best players in his class.

Tyler Bence

Scouting Report: (3/8/2020) Tyler Bence possesses a nice blend of height and bulk that can continue to be developed with time in a college weight program. He is currently 273 pounds but could potentially add another 15 pounds of good mass or reshape his body and move to defensive end.

He has a quick first step and uses his hands well to stack and shed and has the speed to move down the line or get after the quarterback. He moves very well laterally and has the speed and effort to make plays from the backside. Daniel is a strong tackler who explodes on contact. He has a relentless motor and fights through the whistle.

Against the run, Tyler displays the ability to fire out with good pad level and can deliver a good pop and hold ground when he does. He needs to become more consistent in this area but displays good discipline and will play responsibility with adequate lateral mobility to squeeze and take away cut back lanes. Needs to build to top speed but makes up for it with relentless effort.

He is just scratching the surface of how good he can be. Once he becomes more consistent with pad level, he will shoot up the rankings.

Mekhi Wingo

Mekhi Wingo is one of those recruits that might not wow you on paper but blows you away on tape.  He is dominant both against the run and when rushing the passer.

Against the run, Mekhi consistently fires off low and power through contact and disrupts with penetration. Despite his size, he is quick and agile enough to be effective on the move executing line stunts and engulfs offensive linemen when he catches them in the phone booth.

As a pass rusher, Mekhi is quick off the ball and fires off low and can get up-field quickly. He has an elite bull rush that can move the QB off the spot when he fires out and stays low. He has heavy hands and does an excellent job of mixing up his weapons.

Mekhi has a non-stop motor and loves to mix-it-up to get the job done. He is flying under the radar because he doesn’t have the prototypical height for a defensive tackle. However, he seems to have the wingspan and a great combination of moves that will offset any height concerns.  While traditional recruiting services try to project a player’s NFL potential, I project their college potential. With that in mind, I believe he is a solid 4-star prospect.

Christopher Thomas

Scouting Report: (3/1/2020) Christopher Thomas is an exciting prospect with outstanding overall size. He possesses a great deal of bulk packed on his frame and has a thick sturdy build. He still has a frame that can still be developed and re-worked some in a college weight program to maximize size.

He demonstrates very good playing strength and is a stout run defender. He is unstoppable when he keeps his pads down and fires out low. Christopher consistently controls blockers by delivering a good initial pop at contact and rarely loses ground in a one-on-one situation. He is very strong but at times he leans too much on his size and strength at this stage. He flashes adequate lateral mobility to be active between the tackles and can fire off the ball and power through contact to disrupt with penetration in the backfield.

As a push rusher, Christopher has the size and strength to drive blockers back and collapse the pocket with a bull rush, but he needs to do a better job of keeping his pads from rising. He has a good initial burst but needs to improve the use of the weapons he already has.

Christopher will be ready to contribute against the run the day he arrives on campus. He needs to continue to develop as a pass rusher, but he has the physical tools to be just as dominant in the passing game. If he improves in this area during his senior season, he will likely get his 4th star.

Gervon Dexter

Scouting Report: (7/15/2019) Gervon Dexter has an elite combination of size and athleticism with an explosive first step. He has good height and bulk, and with further physical development should be able to pack on quite a bit more good weight.

Against the run, Gervon uses his size and strength to disrupt the backfield. He needs to watch pad level at times but can be tough to move off the ball with one blocker and flashes ability to take on and split double teams. He can continue to improve hand usage, but has strong hands and excellent reach and is capable of quickly separating and shedding. He is an explosive player that is capable at times of being able to power through contact and disrupt with penetration.

Against the pass, Gervon could develop into an All-American pass rusher off the edge as well as a potential disruptive mismatch as an interior player. His combination of size and power can press the pocket. He will need to continue to develop the use of his weapons, but he is heavy-handed and capable of jolting and knocking blockers out of their cylinder. He also has the lateral mobility to execute effective double moves.

Gervon is an outstanding D-Line prospect who can offer some versatility with his size and athleticism. He demonstrates excellent short-area quickness and upfield burst to make big stops behind the line of scrimmage.

His most immediate need is to play with more consistent pad level at the point of attack, which can be difficult at his height. However, with his elite skill set and the high intensity he plays with he should be able to make plenty of disruptive plays early in his career.

Jordan Butler

Scouting Report: (6/18/2019) Jordan Butler is an exciting prospect with outstanding overall size. He possesses a great deal of bulk packed on his frame and has a thick sturdy build. While a three-hundred pounder-plus he still has a frame that can still be developed and re-worked some in a college weight program to maximize size.

He demonstrates very good playing strength and is a stout run defender. He is unstoppable when he keeps his pads down and fires out low. Jordan consistently controls blockers by delivering a good initial pop at contact and rarely loses ground in a one-on-one situation. He is very strong but at times he leans too much on his size and strength at this stage. He flashes adequate lateral mobility to be active between the tackles and can fire off the ball and power through contact to disrupt with penetration in the backfield.

As a push rusher, Jordan has the size and strength to drive blockers back and collapse the pocket with a bull rush, but he needs to do a better job of keeping his pads from rising. He has good initial burst but needs to improve the use of the weapons he already has.

Jordan will be ready to contribute against the run the day he arrives on campus. He needs to continue to develop as a pass rusher, but he has the physical tools to be just as dominant in the passing game. If he improves in this area during his senior season, he will likely get his 4th star.