Sunshine State Defensive Tackles for 2013

The Sunshine State lacked a headline worthy defensive tackle in 2012, that will not be a problem in 2013 as the issue is too many top prospects. We will highlight 10 today, but there are more and any one of these players could emerge as the no. 1 DT in the state.

Maquedius Bain, 6'4, 275, Fort Lauderdale University School (Committed to Florida State)

Things happened real quickly for Bain in 2011. The former basketball player played his first year of football and by mid-season his recruitment had already heated up. Bain moves like a player much smaller and displayed a quality motor. He is very raw, but that really just speaks to his ultimate upside. We watched him terrorize Chaminade for an entire game in October and you can see the improvement on film every game last year. Bain could ultimately grow into being an offensive tackle down the road.

Bain Highlights

Calloway is one of the state's best DTs
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Jaynard Bostwick, 6'4, 275, Port St. Lucie Centennial

Bostwick is one of the top defensive linemen in the state and perhaps the country. Blessed with elite size, he has played on both sides of the ball throughout high school. We project him to DT, but he could line up at the 'end' in a 3-4 or perhaps be a strong-side DE(as well as perhaps growing into an OG). Extremely athletic. Strong and powerful. As a sophomore we watched him handle Giorgio Newberry on both sides of the football. His size alone makes him an elite prospect.

Bostwick Highlight

Caleb Brantley, 6'2, 280, Crescent City (Committed to Florida)

The first thing that stands out about Brantley is the way he gets off the ball, very explosive. Brantley has good size today and will play at over 300 down the road. Adequate length. Brantley makes his living in the backfield and is tough to block 1on1. Uses his hands very well. He does not play the toughest competition, but he dominates on both sides of the ball. Plenty of upside remaining here.

Brantley Highlights

Keith Bryant, 6'2, 300, Delray Beach Atlantic (Committed to Miami)

Another player is that is explosive off the ball, Bryant is near 300 pounds already with a frame to add plenty of more weight. His calling card is that first step and he finds the football quickly in the backfield. Plays with a good motor. Bryant is an ideal fit in the 4-3, Miami has produced some truly great one's over the years and Bryant should fit right in. He will be tough to handle 1on1 at the next level when he gets coached up.

Bryant Highlights

Derrick Calloway, 6'1, 310, Bradenton Manatee

Manatee was supposed to see a drop-off at DT after Quenton Pompey and Drakkar Wilson graduated. That did not happen as Calloway and DeMarcus Christmas made 'Cane fans forget those two on their way to a state title. Calloway is that big bodied DT that should play north of 315 at the next level. He carries more weight in his mid to lower body. Very athletic. Calloway got better with every rep last year and has reeled in a plethora of offers already. Could play the nose down the road.

Calloway Highlights

Joe Fennell, 6'4, 310, South Fort Myers

Fennell made a name for himself as an offensive linemen, but is now being recruited as a DT. Elite size with a perfect build, Fennell has a lot of upside down the road. He is still in the learning stages of the position and we expect to see him make some strides as a senior. He does a good job of shedding blocks and flashes some elite closing ability. Wide body where he could be another player that finds a home on the nose. No risk here as he is already an outstanding offensive guard prospect and could always flip back to the other side of the ball.

Fennell Highlights

Senat's athleticism really stands out
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Monty Nelson, 6'1, 290, Plantation

Another player that checks in at just over 6'0, Nelson has a powerful build and plays with a motor that can't be taught. Good athleticism and this is a player that is well schooled at the position. Nelson already carries plenty of weight and will play north of 300 down the road. Has good punch at the line of scrimmage and sheds blocks with his strength. Nelson is better against the run where he just clogs the middle of the field and does an excellent job of playing low to the ground. Already holds BCS offers.

Nelson Highlights

Kingsley Opara, 6'4, 280, Jacksonville Mandarin

Opara has as much upside as any player on this list, but he is also the rawest. He has long arms which he uses to shed offensive linemen. Flashes the ability to stop the run and get after the quarterback. Outstanding athlete. He can be as good as he wants to be once he goes hard every play and learns the proper technique. The good news is that the things he needs to work on can be corrected with coaching and experience. He may not see the field from day one at the next level, but he could hear his name called first for the NFL draft in five years.

Opara Highlights

De'Asian Richardson, 6'4, 270, Orange Park

Richardson could play inside at DT, end in the 3-4, or strong-side DE down the road. Similar to Leonard Williams from a year ago. Great length, burst, and motor. Love the versatility that he shows. Seems to get better as the game goes on. The position question will be answered as we see how he develops physically. Way under the radar right now, look for his to become a hot name during the Spring.

Richardson Highlights

Deadrin Senat, 6'1, 310, Immokalee (Committed to Florida State)

Quick as a cat and as strong as an ox(550 bench), Senat has the tools to be a superstar at the next level. He plays both ways in high school, but projects to be a NG at the next level. Thick build. Non-stop motor. Capable of running down ball carriers from the backside. Terrific character. Relentless worker in the weight room. The only issue is the height which is on the short side, but Senat has all the other intangibles that colleges are looking for.

Senat Highlights

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