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June 4, 2008

Category rankings: Defensive tackles

Video: Best DTs by category | VOTE: Quickest | Strongest | Athlete | Run stuffer | Pass rusher


The Rivals.com recruiting experts have broken down countless hours of film and racked up plenty of frequent flyer miles to see the top prospects compete at events across the country. In the process of evaluating overall talent, several prospects gained notice for their mastery of specific skills.

We've selected the best of the best in each category for every position and ranked them. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every breaks down the defensive tackles.

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DT RANKINGS: Quickest | Strongest | Best Athlete | Best Run Stuffer | Best Pass Rusher

5. Chris Bonds, Columbia (S.C.) Richland Northeast
Bonds highlights
Has recorded a 4.7 40-yard dash and a 34-inch vertical leap; he's as quick as a cat.
4. Demonte McAllister, Tampa (Fla.) Alonso
McAllister highlights
Another defensive tackle that has such a good speed that he could also play defensive end.
3. Abry Jones, Warner Robins (Ga.) Northside School
Jones highlights
Comes off the ball so quick he may be able to play defensive end in college.
2. Darrington Sentimore, Destrehan, La.
Sentimore highlights
Controlled the line of scrimmage with his quickness in the state championship game last December.
1. Jacobbi McDaniel, Greenville (Fla.) Madison
McDaniel highlights
For two hours he fired off the ball and embarrassed lineman after lineman at the U.S. Army Junior Combine in San Antonio.
OTHER QUICK LINEMEN: Josh Boyd, Philadelphia (Miss.) Philadelphia; Gary Brown, Quincy (Fla.) West Gadsden; Corey Gaines, Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby; Derek Johnson, Hoxie (Ark.) Hoxie; Luther Robinson, Ft. Pierce (Fla.) Westwood.
Strongest
5. D.J. Fluker, Foley, Ala.
Fluker highlights
Defensive tackle tosses his opponents around like rag dolls; could also be an offensive tackle.
4. Jamarkus McFarland, Lufkin, Texas
McFarland highlights
The No. 1 rated defensive tackle prospect overall benches 365 pounds and squats 485.
3. William Campbell, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech
Campbell highlights
Used a powerful bull rush to dominate the offensive linemen at the U.S. Army All-American Combine.
2. John Simon, Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney
Simon highlights
Most Ohio football experts consider him the strongest player in the state; claims 40 reps of 225 pounds.
1. Dillon Quinn, Pawling (N.Y.) Trinity Pawling
Quinn highlights
Had a dominating performance at the Premier Showcase in New Jersey and has a 520-pound bench press.
OTHER STRONG LINEMEN: DeAndre Coleman, Seattle (Wash.) Garfield; Latu Heimuli, Salt Lake City (Utah) Highland; Calvin Howell, San Antonio (Texas) Warren; Jacobbi McDaniel, Greenville (Fla.) Madison; Tyler Stockton, Princeton (N.J.) Hun School.
Best athlete
5. Chris Bonds, Columbia (S.C.) Richland Northeast
Bonds highlights
Another athletic lineman who could play several positions along the defensive line.
4. Jordan Kohout, Waupun, Wis.
Kohout highlights
Two-way star could play several positions at the next level because of his athleticism.
3. Corey Gaines, Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby
Gaines highlights
Worked out on both sides of the ball at the U.S. Army All-American Combine and used his feet to get the upper hand of his competitors.
2. Jacobbi McDaniel, Greenville (Fla.) Madison
McDaniel highlights
His bull rush dominated opponents at the U.S. Army Combine but he also has great athleticism and technique.
1. Chris Davenport, Mansfield, La.
Davenport highlights
On film he moves like a dancing bear; at the Baton Rouge Nike Camp he ran on the balls of his feet just like a sprinter.
OTHER GREAT ATHLETES: Abry Jones, Warner Robins (Ga.) Northside; Jamarkus McFarland, Lufkin, Texas; Demonte McAllister, Tampa (Fla.) Alonso; Dillon Quinn, Pawling (N.Y.) Trinity Pawling; Darrington Sentimore, Destrehan, La.
Best run stuffer
5. John Drew, Columbus (Ga.) Northside
Drew highlights
Had a tremendous showing at the Gainesville Nike Camp.
4. William Campbell, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech
Campbell highlights
Was impossible to move at the U.S. Army All-American Combine.
3. Jamarkus McFarland, Lufkin, Texas
McFarland highlights
He had an amazing 67 unassisted tackles from his interior defensive line position in '07.
2. Josh Downs, Bastrop, La.
Downs highlights
Two-way starter not only help lead his team to a state championship; plays with great leverage.
1. Latu Heimuli, Salt Lake City (Utah) Highland
Heimuli highlights
At 6 feet 3, 296 pounds this baby bull is almost impossible to move off the line of scrimmage.
OTHER RUN STUFFERS: D.J. Fluker, Foley, Ala.; Calvin Howell, San Antonio (Texas) Warren; Brandon Moore, Montgomery (Ala.) Carver; Tyler Stockton, Princeton (N.J.) Hun School; Jamar Travis, Brewton (Ala.) W.S. Neal.
Best pass rusher
5. Jared McAdoo, Chapel Hill, N.C.
McAdoo highlights
Had 20 tackles for losses and recorded 13 sacks last year.
4. Abry Jones, Warner Robins (Ga.) Northside School
Jones highlights
Recorded 13 sacks as a junior while leading his team to a state championship.
3. Jacobbi McDaniel, Greenville (Fla.) Madison
McDaniel highlights
Recorded 12 sacks, and showed every possible technique a defensive lineman could use at the U.S. Army Combine.
2. Corey Adams, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro
Adams highlights
Recorded 117 tackles and 24 sacks while winning a state championship.
1. Gary Brown, Quincy (Fla.) West Gadsden
Brown highlights
Registered 113 tackles and an amazing 26 sacks this past season.
OTHER PASS RUSHERS: Josh Boyd, Philadelphia, Miss.; Demonte McAllister, Tampa (Fla.) Alonso, Jamarkus McFarland, Lufkin, Texas; Dillon Quinn, Pawling (N.Y.) Trinity Pawling; Luther Robinson, Ft. Pierce (Fla.) Westwood.



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