Breaking Down New LSU Tigers 4-Star Defensive Tackle Pledge Dare Rosenthal

Scout and TigerBlitz.com take a closer look at new LSU four-star defensive tackle pledge Dare Rosenthal.

The above video features junior-season footage of 2018 defensive tackle Dare Rosenthal.

http://www.scout.com/player/199702-dare-rosenthal?s=73

Dare Rosenthal, 2018 DT, Ferriday (La.)

Size: 6-7, 327

Recruiting: Rosenthal committed Saturday to LSU, along with Ferriday High teammate Dantrieze Scott, a tight end prospect who the Tigers will take as an athlete, according to TigerBlitz.com's Billy Embody. Rosenthal picked LSU over a slew of offers nationally, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina, TCU, and Tennessee, among others.

Rankings: Scout ranks Rosenthal as the No. 1 defensive tackle in the state of Louisiana's 2018 class. That puts him at No. 18 nationally at his position. Rosenthal is also the No. 193 overall prospect in the 2018 Scout 300.

Evaluation notes

Dare Rosenthal is a versatile prospect who could play either side of the ball in college at a high level. Rosenthal possesses a massive frame at 6-foot-7, 327 pounds. However, he's not only played both lines, he's played tight end and even lined up in the slot.

Rosenthal possesses impressive athleticism, especially straight-line, for such a massive, large-framed prospect. Rosenthal prefers defense and he should be a high-major signee who best suits an odd-front scheme. He shows very good closing speed relative to his size and his wingspan will be a major tool for him at the next level.

That said, Rosenthal is very raw and will need plenty of development from a technical standpoint. Given his 6-foot-7 frame, he also plays too high at times and needs to improve his leverage consistency. Depending where he lines up for the Tigers, he may not be asked to be too much of a pass-rusher, but he can nevertheless improve his skills in that area.

Rosenthal is a high-ceiling player with a ton of raw measurables that should have the LSU coaching staff excited. The adjustment from small-school high school football to the SEC will be significant, but being 6-7, 327 is as good a starting point for making that transition as a prospect can have. - Gabe Brooks

Strengths
  • Size/frame
  • Athleticism relative to position/size
  • Closing speed

Areas to Improve
  • Pad level/leverage
  • Pass-rushing skills
  • Technique


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