Kentucky's top five defenders

The state of Kentucky is filled with quality prospects in the 2012 class unlike any years in recent memory. Here are five of the top defenders in Kentucky.

Tyrone Pearson – DL – 6-foot-3, 285-pounds – Tyrone Pearson is the kind of talent that comes along very rarely. The size and speed that he possesses isn't rivaled by any other player in this Kentucky class. Pearson is a threat to make a tackle for a loss or a sack on every single play. Pearson is also a versatile player who can play on the inside or the outside at the next level.

Josh Harris – LB – 6-foot-2, 195-pounds – Josh Harris spends about half of his time lining up at running back for Mason County, but on the defensive side of the ball he has the talent to be a special player. Harris has great speed and explosiveness on that side of the ball. Harris can cover running backs from the backfield and can also make plays in space against the ball carrier.

Jalen Boyd – CB – 6-foot-1, 190-pounds – Possession great size, strength and an aggressive nature, Jalen Boyd can be an elite defensive back as a safety or as a corner. Boyd is willing to take on any player in front of him and has the athleticism to be successful on every play. Because of Boyd's versatility and his ranginess most coaches are intrigued by his ability to play anywhere in the defensive backfield.

Jeremy Clark – S – 6-foot-4, 197-pounds – Jeremy Clark didn't play many games last season, but his talent is unquestionable. Clark can cover a lot of ground due to his length and his size allows him to make plays close to the line of scrimmage. Clark is somewhat of an unknown throughout the majority of Kentucky, but he will be a known quantity after this season.

Oliver Hinkle – DT – 6-foot-2, 290-pounds – Often playing in the shadow of his teammate Tyrone Pearson, Oliver Hinkle has great size and tenacity in the middle of the defensive line. His strength and his motor make him a valuable player who will plug up the line of scrimmage on each play. Hinkle lined up along side Pearson again this season is in for another big year, likely bigger than last year.


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