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Top Defensive Tackles to Watch

Here’s a look at some of the best defensive tackle prospects we’ve seen at our camps.

Caleb Tillman came to our Dothan camp last year and put on a show. At 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds, he’s athletic enough to play defensive end but projects as a defensive tackle at the college level. And he can be a playmaker inside and cause a lot of problems for opposing offenses. We were very impressed with him. He has numerous Division 1 scholarship offers and is already committed to Louisville. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3322622/caleb-tillman


Raymond Smith is a player we liked on film before one of our Georgia camps this year. At 6-foot-2 and 350 pounds, he came out and was extremely impressive. The Macon County High standout is very quick on his feet and has very good athleticism for someone his size. He is an ideal nose tackle prospect and we expect him to emerge as one of the top 2016 nose tackle prospects in the entire state this year. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2603130/raymond-smith


DJ Journey will team up with Smith to give Macon County a tremendous pair of interior defensive linemen. At 5-foot-11 and 310 pounds, he lacks ideal height for a major college prospect but he’s very quick for his size, very strong, and does a nice job of using his hands. This will be his first year at the school and we expect it to be a real good one. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2703323/dj-joseph-journey-jr


Wil McKinney had an outstanding junior season at Oneonta High in Alabama, and he’s a kid we really liked on film early in the year. He came to our Birmingham camp and was even more impressive than we expected. At 6-foot-1 and 270 pounds, he’s quick and super powerful and did an excellent job during 1on1 pass rushing drills (which typically favor the quicker guys on the edge). We expect him to have a huge senior season in 2015. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1560802/wil-mckinney


Josh Glover was extremely impressive when we saw him at our Dothan camp. At 5-foot-11 and 280 pounds, he is very quick, very strong, and is well coached in terms of his technique and how he uses his hands. He should have a very strong senior season at Enterprise High. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3931619/josh-glover


Elijah Watson is a player who really impressed us at our Buford camp. At 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds, he turned in a good sophomore season at Riverside Military Academy and then was very good when we saw him in the spring. He should continue getting bigger and stronger and he should be a handful for opposing offenses this season. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3650402/elijah-watson


Davonte Jest is a player we saw before his junior season at Forest High in Ocala and we came away very impressed. At 6-foot-1 and 275 pounds he went on to have a strong 2014 season there and now we expect him to become one of the state’s premier interior defensive line prospects. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2618061/davonte-jest


Nick Fields had a solid junior season at Dothan High last year and then came to our camp in his hometown and was very impressive. At 6-foot-2 and 275 pounds, he has a quick first step and is very strong. We expect him to turn in a big season and emerge as one of the state’s better interior line prospects. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1802088/nick-fields


Nate Coby checked into our Jacksonville camp at 5-foot-11 and 317 pounds. He showed off plus athleticism for someone his size and he’s very strong. He is a good player on the interior for Ridgeview High and we expect him to turn in a very good senior season there. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1702343/nathaniel-coby


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