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Top Defensive Ends to Watch

Here is a close look at some of the best defensive end prospects we’ve seen at our camps.

Ja’len Parks was the most impressive 2017 defensive end prospect we saw all year. At 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, he put on a show at our Gainesville camp. He’s quick, explosive, and is super strong. He creates a lot of problems for opposing offenses and we fully expect him to become one of the elite defensive end prospects in the entire country by next year. He had early offers from some major schools including Florida and Oklahoma but made an early commitment to Florida State. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3117855/jalen-king-parks

Ja'len Parks (Newberry HS - FSU commit)

Ja’len Parks (Newberry HS – FSU commit)

Eric Mitchell is one of the best pass rushers we saw live at our camps. At 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, he can really get after opposing quarterbacks for Miami Central. The overall MVP at one of our Miami camps, Mitchell has over 15 scholarship offers right now. Some of them were from Louisville, USF, and Rutgers. He made an early commitment to the University of Florida, and we believe they’re getting a real steal out of South Florida. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2704700/eric-mitchell

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Alfred Thomas was the most impressive 2018 defensive end prospect we saw all year. In fact, he was one of the top few prospects at that position we saw regardless of year. At 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, he’s a big time talent who was extremely impressive at our Dothan camp. He already has some major offers from schools like North Carolina, Kentucky, and Mississippi State. We expect him to get a bunch more and become one of the elite prospects in the state of Alabama this year. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4116656/alfred-thomas

Zander Zimmer impressed us a lot at one of our Orlando camps. At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, he’s very smart, instinctive, and productive. He has ideal size already and we expect him to become one of the state’s elite defensive ends this year at Bishop Moore. He has over 30 offers including schools like Oregon, North Carolina, and West Virginia but has already committed to Wake Forest. They’re getting a real good one. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/530920/zander-zimmer

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Terrance Corbett is a player we’ve seen at our camps for two years in a row, and he was extremely impressive both times. At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, the East Limestone standout is extremely quick off the ball and his explosiveness is off the charts. He has close to a dozen Division 1 scholarship offers and committed to Troy over the summer. We expect him to have a big senior season and become one of the elite DE prospects in the state of Alabama this year. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3933207/terrance-corbett

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Umstead Sanders was excellent in 2014 for a Port St Joe team that won the state championship. He was a big part of their success on defense and then came to our Dothan camp and was outstanding. At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, his testing numbers were excellent and he dominated during 1 on1 pass rushing drills. We fully expect him to have a huge senior season and become a legitimate Division 1 prospect this year. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2042056/umstead-sanders

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Reoshard Donald is a very impressive 2016 defensive end prospect we saw at our Miami camp this year. At 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, he’s quick and explosive off the ball and has a nice array of pass rushing moves. We expect him to have a big senior season at Norland High and then become one of the state’s premier DE prospects for the 2016 class. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3919090/reoshard-donald

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Lawrence Williams came to our Charleston camp and was very impressive. At 6-foot-3 and 275 pounds, he plays on both sides of the ball at Kingstree High but we think he’s athletic enough to play defensive end at the college level. He may grow into a tackle because of his size and strength but he creates a lot of problems for opposing offenses at DE. We expect him to become one of the top DE’s in South Carolina this year. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4571699/lawrence-williams

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We saw C.J. Williams at two of our events and he impressed us a lot at both of them. At 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, he’s very athletic and knows how to get after opposing quarterbacks. The Father Lopez standout is expected to become one of the state’s premier senior defensive ends this year. Some of his early offers include Troy and South Alabama. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1715168/cj-williams

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Octavius Morris had a very good sophomore season at Clinch County High in 2014. He At 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, he was extremely impressive at our Jacksonville camp. He has the size and athleticism to play outside linebacker at the college level but he’s not done growing and should continue to emerge as a premier pass rusher in the state of Georgia. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2971920/octavius-morris

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Ryan Birge blew us away with his overall athleticism when he came to our Orlando camp. At 6-foot-6+ and 225 pounds, Birge has a huge frame that will allow him to add a lot more weight. His testing numbers were off the charts, including a 4.49 in the 40! His best days are way ahead of him and we expect him to have a huge senior season at Fleming Island High. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2838067/ryan-birge

Fastest Man Ryan Birge (Fleming Island)

Kamerron Joyce started his prep career in Florida but then moved to Texas where he now plays at Stevens HS. At 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds, he came to our San Antonio camp and put on a show. He’s explosive and strong and we expect him to cause a lot of problems for opposing offenses this season. He should emerge as one of the top 2017 defensive end prospects in the state of Texas this year. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/4728107/kamerron-joyce

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