Defensive Ends are Plentiful in 2011

The Florida Gators signed what might go down as the top defensive line class in America in 2010. In 2011, the Gators will once again look to bring in a number of defensive linemen. As of today, I expect Florida to try and sign three defensive ends and two defensive tackles.

I will break down each position based on offers starting with the deepest position in this year's class - defensive ends. These are names you need to know moving forward at the defensive end position for the class of 2011.

Starting in-state, the Gators have currently offered five defensive ends with the latest offer coming yesterday for 6-3 and 220-pound Anthony Chickillo from Tampa (FL) Alonso High School.

Brandon Fulse checks in at 6-5 and 240-pounds from Fort Meade (FL) and appears to be down to Florida and Georgia at this time.

One of the lightest defensive end prospects with an offer is Palm Beach Gardens (FL) William T. Dwyer superstar Curt Maggit at 6-3 and 210-pounds. But don't let his size fool you. Maggit has great upside and has the Gators high at this time.

One of the bigger defensive ends is Ft. Pierce Central's Georgio Newberry at 6-4 and 255-pounds.

Rounding out the in state defensive ends with offers is one of the most talked about players regardless of position in James Wilder. Wilder is 6-2 and pushing 220-pounds is without question the most physically impressive player in the state of Florida.

Six out-of-state defensive ends have offers from the Gators and leading the way is 6-3 and 250-pound Ashville (NC) superstar Jeoffrey Pagan. He is not the top ranked player at his position today but might be on National Signing Day.

Another high profile player in the Carolinas is South Pointe High School's Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney checks in at 6-5 and 240-pounds from Rock Hill South Carolina.

The state of Georgia is extremely deep for 2011 and three of these next four are from the Peach State. The Gators best hopes of landing one of these players from Georgia might be with Sterling Bailey. Bailey is from Gainesville (GA) East Hall High School and will attend junior day at Florida. He checks in at 6-4 and 235-pounds. Standing at 6-5 and 230-pounds, Ray Drew, and 6-5 and 230-pound Stephon Tuitt both reside in Georgia.

The lone defensive end from the state of Alabama with a Florida offer is the biggest end on the board in 6-6, 260-pound LaMichael Fanning.


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