It's always tough to find quality defensive linemen out West but Jermayne Lole is an emerging talent with a lot of upside.
Lole was one of the top defensive line prospects we saw at the Nike Opening Regional Camp in L.A showing a rare combination of size and athleticism. He measured in at 6-2, 255 pounds and showed a ton of quickness and fast twitch to him.
He tested extremely well running a 5.0-40, 4.52 shuttle and jumped 33" in the vertical. There were several college defensive linemen who couldn't jump 33" at the NFL Combine and his numbers were even more impressive when considering how little time he had to train for the event.
"I broke my ankle in week seven of last season," Lole said. "I had a long recovery and haven't had a chance to do much running or jumping. In fact, that was the first time I ran a 40 or tested on the vertical jump since the injury so I was really happy with how I did but also know I can do even better."
Lole shows up well on film and is a natural pass rusher who can really come off the edge. He has a quick first step, uses his hands well and can dip and turn the corner. When you look at his frame, he's a lean 255 pounds and should have no problems adding plenty of additional size. It's not a stretch to envision Lole playing inside as a three-tech or staying as an end depending on the scheme.
"Nevada offered me first and I couldn't believe it," Lole said. "I honestly didn't know if I would get any offers this early. I thought they might come later in the year. I talked to them right before my 7v7 practice at school and then after practice, that's when SJSU offered. I had the same feeling, just disbelief and I hadn't talked much with either school so I was really happy.
"Today, I talked to Coach Manning at Washington State and that was a dream come true to get that first offer from the Pac-12. I've actually been talking with Coach Manning for a couple of years now so we already had a good relationship and it was just an incredible feeling and blessing to land that offer."
Jackson said Hawaii could be the next to offer as he jus talked to them on Tuesday and he plans to be busy this Spring/Summer visiting schools.
"I talked with USC recently and they want me to come and camp with them," Lole said. "I grew up a USC fan so I'm definitely planning to visit there for Spring ball and camp with them as well. I want to visit UCLA too and got a DM from one of their coaches. I'm going to try and visit practice next week and I'll camp with them as well.
"Notre Dame wants to come and visit me over the spring and San Diego State is another school I'm interested in visiting and camping with. I want to take all my official visits before I commit anywhere. I have no desire to make an early commitment. You only go through this once and I really want to enjoy the process and make sure I'm doing the right thing."
Don't be surprised if Lole hits double digit offers by the summer. He's a solid student and when you look at his size and mobility, his upside is obvious.