Assembled is a pre-season ranking for the top defensive tackles in College Football Recruiting for the class of 2013. The recruiting process has been under way for quite some time for these elite players. With their senior seasons about to get started, their recruitment will only heat up.
1. Montravius Adams -Vienna (GA) Dooly County- At 6’3’’ and 290lbs Adams already has the size needed to play in the trenches of big time football, and is being heavily recruited by all of the most prestigious programs in the land. Adams has had an impressive high school career, totaling 25 sacks in his sophomore and junior seasons combined, including an astonishing 45 tackles for a loss last year alone. Adams has shown the most interest in Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Michigan State, Florida and Georgia, with Auburn and Clemson being rumored as early favorites. Although it is also rumored Adams prefers playing in a 4-3 defense, fans at Alabama and Georgia shouldn’t fret, it likely won’t play a huge role in his decision making process. Early Prediction: Clemson.
2. Justin Manning- Dallas (TX) Kimball- The 6’2’’ 275lb defensive tackle will need to spend some time in the weight room to be ready to unleash his immense potential. His quickness, explosiveness and athleticism are off the charts, and once he gains strength, he could remind some people of Glenn Dorsey. Manning has shown the most interest in Oklahoma, LSU, Texas and Texas A&M. Rumored to be favoring the Sooners, even though he apparently was disgruntled over the length of time it took to get an offer from them. The allure of being an elite SEC defensive lineman might be too hard to pass up, however, giving LSU fans some hope. Early Prediction: LSU.
3. Michael Hill- Pendleton (SC) Pendleton- Hill is an incredibly powerful player, and at 6’3’’ 315 lbs it’s easy to see why. Although not overly explosive off the snap, Hill makes up for it with keen awareness and herculean strength. Hill committed to Urban Meyer to play for Ohio State towards the end of June, but his recruitment is far from over. Hill has offers from all the major schools nationwide, and will be getting pressure from all over, especially South Carolina. The Gamecocks have signed the top player in the Palmetto State the last four years (Shaq Roland in ’12, Jadeveon Clowney in ’11, Marcus Lattimore in ’10 and Stephon Gilmore in ’09), and look to keep that streak alive by keeping Hill instate. Early Prediciton: South Carolina.
These three players have plenty of time left to either rise or fall in the recruiting rankings. This ranking of the top three could very easily change within the coming weeks and months. All will be battling to not only play well and improve their reputation, but with deciding where they will spend the next few years of their life.