West: Top Ten Defensive Tackles

Salt Lake City (Utah) Highland's Bryan Mone leads the early list of the West's top defensive tackles in 2014...

West: Early Top Ten Defensive Tackles
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
High School: Highland
Size: 6-4, 316
Recruiting: Committed to Michigan
The Skinny: Mone is exactly how you draw it up when you're looking for an impact college tackle. He has a great frame, plays with good pad level, has plus level quickness and is relentless in pursuit. He does a great job getting off blocks, uses his hands very well and plays with a motor. He has the ability to fit in with a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme and could see the field early in college.
Location: Lompoc, Calif.
High School: Lompoc
Size: 6-1/270
Recruiting: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington, Washington State
The Skinny: Taua was an absolute monster at the recent SoCal NIKE Camp earning DL MVP honors. He may only be about 5-11.5 but uses it to his advantage playing with great leverage and power. He has the quickest first step of any of the tackles out west and plays with a non-stop motor. The term, 'playing angry' suits Taua very well.
Location: Fresno, Calif.
High School: Central
Size: 6-2/285
Recruiting: Committed to USC
The Skinny: In terms of size, strength and quickness, Smallwood is very similar to Taua and is an elite pass rusher. He has racked up 40 sacks combined the past two seasons and is very productive. Smallwood isn't as athletic as Taua and that's the main difference between the two but he's definitely a high level player with a solid upside to him.
Location: Phoenix, Ariz.
High School: Desert Vista
Size: 6-4/280
Recruiting: Offers from Arizona, Oregon State, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin
Scouting Report: Jelks is one of the most versatile lineman in the region and could play as many as three or even four positions in college. He's currently listed with the defensive tackles but has the frame to play defensive end, offensive tackle or even tight end. He has a mature body and is physically strong and just need to continue to work on his overall flexibility to become an impact player in college.
Location: Stansbury, Utah
High School: Tooele
Size: 6-4/270
Recruiting: Committed to Utah
The Skinny: Utah has a pair of very talented tackle prospects and Havili is an impressive player in his own right. He doesn't have the size of Mone but shows the versatility to move around the defensive line to take advantage of mismatches, is very strong and does a nice job getting off blocks and moves well laterally for a big lineman.

The Next Five:
6. Greg Gaines (La Habra, Calif.)
7. Ngalu Tapa(Sacramento, Calif.)
8. Marcus Griffin (Bellevue, Calif.)
9. Tyrone Fa'anono (Westlake Village, Calif.)
10. Joe Brown (Paramount, Calif.)

 


National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins), National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman), Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell (@jason247scout) and Northwest Recruiting Analyst Jake Worthen (@JakeWorthen) contributed to these rankings.

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