Today’s football world has quarterbacks throwing the ball at record paces.
From the high school level all the way up to the NFL, yardage, attempts and completion totals are undoubtedly higher than they were even 10 years ago. Gone are the days when high school teams were considered aggressive by throwing 20 times a game.
Now they are throwing around 30 times a game, much like college or the NFL, and because of this trend, the quest to find and develop pass rushers and defensive ends who can get to the quarterback quickly and often is more crucial than ever for defense.
In the class of 2014 recruiting class, by both ESPN and Rivals, defensive end is represented more often than any other position in the each website’s top 50. Quarterbacks are being ranked high up less and less because, to be blunt, they’re all smart, and teams are only really looking for a game-changer at the position.
Everyone wants the great left offensive tackle and a quarterback. Defenses are trying to keep up by putting the best athletes at defensive end in a 4-3 or outside linebacker in a 3-4 to put more and more pressure on the quarterback.
Among those pass rushers, the elites in this recruiting class are defensive ends Da’Shawn Hand, Myles Garrett, Lorenzo Carter and Kentavius Street. They are all currently undecided on which college to attend, and it’s because they are so heavily coveted by the top programs in the nation, such as Alabama, Florida, LSU, and Notre Dame, as well as everyone else.
It’s also likely that where these guys end up will have much influence on who everyone considers to have the best incoming freshman class heading into the 2014 football season. The game is ever-changing, and defensive ends are the new glory position on the defense, mainly because they’re the ones bringing down the glory position of the offense.