NFTC Position Breakdown: Defensive Line

The defensive line had the offensive line's number on Sunday at the Los Angeles NFTC with Orange (Calif.) Lutheran five-star Keisean Lucier-South earning MVP honors...

The defensive line was easily the most dominant group in the matchups in the trenches.  There were stars across the board, including a pair of five-stars at defensive end.

And there were plenty of sleepers who woke up on Sunday and put themselves on the map.

Orange (Calif.) Lutheran five-star defensive end Keisean Lucier-South, who won defensive line MVP, was probably the most impressive prospect of the bunch. His first step is just lightning quick, to the point where offensive tackle Bar Milo, who hadn't lost a one-on-one rep prior to facing Lucier-South, promptly lost three in a row to him, with Lucier-South going by him virtually untouched. He is incredibly quick off the ball, plays really low, and has a few different moves to beat tackles. What's really incredible is that you could easily see him adding a lot of weight. He's about 6'5, 220 right now, and it wouldn't be a stretch to see him gain 25 or 30 more pounds.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive end Rasheem Green is a freak. He looks every bit like an elite defensive lineman, and like Eddie Vanderdoes two years ago, could fit anywhere on the line that he wants to play. You can't design a better body for the defensive line, at 6'5, with long arms, and a frame that can carry as much weight as he needs (he looked to be an easy 275, maybe heavier). He was pretty dominant in the latter half of the one-on-ones, even seemingly going half speed.

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive end Joseph Wicker.

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive end Joseph Wicker had a really good day, looking bigger and quicker than in the past. His body really passes the eyeball test, at 6'3 or 6'4 now and 250 or so pounds with wide shoulders, so you could see him gaining a good deal more weight. He was one of the few players able to beat Keenan Walker during one-on-ones.

Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis defensive tackle Thomas Toki had some real good moments.  The Washington State commit is about 5'11, and 313 pounds, is quick off the ball, and plays low. He also has a pretty good motor and plays with some nasty.

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian's Trevor Howard was one of the revelation's on the day.  Selected to the Final 5, Howard got Walker with a quick move inside for the sack.  Measuring in at 6-3, 217, he's quick off the ball.  He's likely an outside linebacker in college if he plays defense (he's a three-star tight end), but showed the quickness and strength that could make him an intriguing hybrid.

Encino (Calif.) Crespi defensive tackle Vaimoe Sekona had a very good showing, especially in the one-on-ones, winning just about every one of his match-ups. He has good size with a body that definitely add more weight, and had a great combination of explosiveness and strength. USC recently offered Sekona.

Etiwanda (Calif.) defensive end DeShawn Fortune was a name that kept getting called on Sunday and he could grow into a defensive tackle, but was terrific on the edge.  He showed a variety of moves, did a good job disengaging quickly from his blockers and was quick off the snap and won just about every rep he took.

Like Fortune, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian's Kevin Scott was another one who consistently was getting reps and consistently winning them.  He plays tackle in high school, but looks like he could be a pretty effective end at the next level, with broad shoulders and room to add more weight to a pretty quick and athletic frame.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola defensive end Christian Rector, who picked up offers from the two hometown schools in the last week, looks much more like an outside linebacker than a defensive end, with a 6'3, 217 pound frame.  He only got two rep in the 1on1s, splitting his reps.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral defensive end Simi Moala is very intriguing, just from a pure physical standpoint. He's an easy 6'6, 230 pounds, and could play defensive end or tight end. Miami just offered, but he likes UCLA and USC and offers from the hometown schools could sway him. He looks a lot like former Stanford tight end Levine Toilolo at the same stage.

Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood's T.J. Fehoko could end up as an outside linebacker in college, but he played both inside and outside on the defensive line and was relentless.  He plays with great leverage, has good quickness off the ball, a high motor and showed good strength in the 1on1s.

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Eric Golston will likely be a 3-tech in college and he's a load up front for offensive lineman.  For as big as he is, he's pretty quick and used leverage and strength to push his blocker back consistently.

Santa Monica (Calif.) defensive Dearryus Dorsey had some good moments in his reps and looks like he could play either defensive line spot.  Chino Hills (Calif.) defensive end Trent Goens flashed well at times as did Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton's Caleb Peart.

Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North defensive tackle Jacob Daniel is a top 50 prospect nationally and came to watch his teammates and didn't participate.  Daniel, though, will be at the Oakland NFTC in May.

Two of the better underclassmen were Arizona natives in Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic's Justin Holt and Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton's Garrett Rand, who each won a slew of 1on1s against older, more touted linemen.

National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins contributed to this report.

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