Scout.com evaluation: Tariqious was named the Region 7(4A) Defensive Lineman of the Year after collecting 55 tackles and 12 sacks while playing mostly defensive tackle and end with a little middle linebacker mixed in. On offense he carried the ball 76 times for 743 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Now the question remains; which position will end up at Ole Miss? The Rebels have linebacker in mind but he could end up on the defensive line. Heck, he shows enough skills on offense where he could play tight end even. What you see on film above is on the defensive line and fullback. The first thing that jumps out at you is his straight ahead speed. Tisdale ran in the upper 4.6's the last two summers at the Ole Miss senior camps. Not many 6-foot-5, 250-pound plus guys can move that fast. The next thing you notice is that he has a really good first step to get by the offensive linemen while playing on the defensive line. We all know how vital that first step is for any lineman. We also like how physical his hands are at the point of attack. He doesn't get caught up too much and gets off of his blocks very fast. He looks like a natural for strong side defensive end that could slide down in the future.
But now lets take a look at his film at linebacker against Hardin County. It's not everyday you see somebody that tall and big playing middle linebacker, but again, the young man can move straight ahead with the best of them. The question remains can he flip his hips and stop and go which is needed to play mike at Ole Miss? He shows flashes of being able to do it and others he shows that he still needs to work on his quickness to play middle.
Regardless of where he ends up this is the commitment that Ole Miss is licking their chops over. He's being compared to guys like Evan Engram/Zedrick Woods/Mike Hilton who were signed with little fanfare but they knew they were studs from having them at their camps. The Rebel camp is extremely high on this young man and believe he'll be a star one day at Ole Miss. The only question remains, just where will he be a star? Our best guess is that he'll grow into a 285 pound defensive lineman and be used similar to the way Fadol Brown was used this past season.
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org