Chad Simmons

The Opening Atlanta: Top DL

Sunday's Opening in Atlanta featured some impressive defensive lineman, with some of them just now bursting onto the recruiting scene. Here are some of the day's top performers.

Labryan Ray, James Clemens (AL):

The four-star from Madison, Alabama was unblockable the entire day.  At 6-foot-5 263-pounds, Ray was the most impressive prospect physically, and used a number of different maneuvers to get into the backfield.  He is well built with tons of muscle, and has the ability to beat opposing lineman with his strength or with his quickness off the line.  The passes the eyeball test with ease, and with his body size he has the ability to move anywhere along the defensive line at the next level.  Ray was one of two defensive lineman to get an invite to The Opening, and should see his ranking improve shortly.

Drew Jordan, North Gwinnett (GA):

Jordan is a guy I had not seen in person before Sunday's Opening in Atlanta, but the three-star defensive end prospect from Suwanee proved to be one of the top lineman in attendance.  He looks like a linebacker with his 6-foot-3 220-pound frame, but Jordan was excellent off the edge with his hand in the ground.  His quickness stood out the most, but he did show quick hands that tended to knock the opposing lineman off balance.  Jordan was another lineman who was invited to The Opening.  Nebraska, Michigan State, North Carolina, and Mississippi State have all offered this impressive hybrid prospect, with more offers to come shortly.

Tyrone Truesdell, Laney (GA):

Truesdell really stood out in the defensive line group on Sunday  He was somewhat of an unknown recruit before this winter where his recruitment has really blown out.  The 6-foot-3 306-pound Truesdell looked much bigger in person, and showed he was the strongest lineman in attendance.  He was not as quick off the ball as other were, but the mamoth lineman overpowered many of the opposing lineman he went up against.  He uses his hands well and was rarely stopped in the session I was watching. Truesdell is another prospect who could see his stock improve in the coming months.  Auburn, Clemson, South Carolina, and Ole Miss have all offered the big lineman so far.

Malik Herring, Mary Persons (GA)

Herring might not have been as dominant as some of the other lineman there, but he did have some impressive reps proving why is one one of the most highly touted pass rushers in the south for the 2017 class.  The 6-foot-3 253-pound Herring looks the part with his long arms, and could line up at outside linebacker or a smaller defensive end at the next level.  He is very quick off the edge, and uses his long arms and hands well to get off blocks and attack the quarterback.  Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, and UCLA have all offered the Scout 300 prospect and secon- ranked defensive end prospect in Georgia


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