South: Top Five Defensive Ends

Robert Nkemdiche is the top prospect in the country and he leads the way at defensive end. Take a look at the best of the best at this position here.

South: Top Five Defensive Ends
Hometown: Loganville, Ga.
High School: Grayson
Size: 6-4/270
Recruiting: Alabama has been the school many looked at as the team to beat for a while, but Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, and others are still in there as well.
Scouting Report: Running Back skill set in a 6-4/270 pounds frame, Nkemdiche has uncommon strength and power to go along with feet quick enough that he could be a viable RB prospect. He's strong enough to manhandle an offensive tackle and quick enough to run by him and chase down a ball carrier from behind. He has good flexibility allowing him to get low and change direction like he was on rails. Physically impressive with dominating production.
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
High School: St. Thomas Aquinas
Size: 6-5/262
Recruiting: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin are Bosa's top five.
Scouting Report: There is not much you don't like when watching Bosa in action. He is a big defensive lineman that plays with good pad level and he consistently fires off the ball. He gets penetration and helps collapse the pocket on the high school level. In college, he will be a quick interior lineman or a strong and physical end. He has a lot of room to grow still into his frame and he is only going to get better.
Hometown: McDonough, Ga.
High School: Eagles Landing Christian Academy
Size: 6-4/257
Recruiting: No cuts have been made yet, but he always has made it clear he would like to play close to home. It looks like he will likely choose a school in the South when it comes that time.
Scouting Report: Rochell is an easy offer guy because of his size, athleticism, and versatility. He is a long defensive end, but he has the ability to play offensive tackle as well. He is an athlete, he is still growing into his frame, and played standing up and with his hand down as a junior. His best football is still ahead of him as he adds strength, plays with a better pad level, and continues to mature physically.
Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.
High School: LSU Laboratory School
Size: 6-4/230
Recruiting: No favorites yet for Williams, but he lives in Baton Rouge. LSU is a real player of course – He has offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, LSU, USC, and others.
Scouting Report: Williams is an athletic guy who plays with his hand down, but has the ability to play out of the two-point stance. He attacks the ball well, he plays with speed, and he really closes on the ball well. He comes off the ball low, he has shown the ability to get off blocks, and to play the run. He is best when attacking the quarterback. He can still improve his strength, his moves off the ball, and his technique.
Hometown: Miramar, Fla..
High School: Everglades
Size: 6-5/220
Recruiting: The spring could be big for Bell. He has a lot of schools showing interest and his coach says schools like Clemson, Illinois, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, SMU, and West Virginia have offered.
Scouting Report: Bell is a raw athlete with speed, length, and quickness that attracts attention his way. He has long arms to get into passing lanes, he can move well in space, and he really pursues the ball well. His biggest area of improvement is in the weight category. He is still very lean and he needs to add good weight and get stronger. He relies a lot of speed and athleticism too, so improving technically is needed also.

The Next Five: Carl Lawson (Roswell, Ga.), Demarcus Walker (Jacksonville, Fla.), Naim Mustafaa (Alpharetta, Ga.), Frank Herron (Memphis, Tn.), and Jason Carr (Memphis, Tn. – Tennessee Commitment).

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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