InsideTennessee likes Willis as best DL

InsideTennessee will take a look at the first Camp Kiffin and give our thoughts on the top Five prospects at each position. With Ed Orgeron, one of the best defensive line coaches in the country, it's no surprise that some of the best defensive linemen in the nation showed up in Knoxville two weeks ago. Go inside to get our thoughts on the top five.

No one knew what to expect from the first inaugural Camp Kiffin that was held two weeks ago.

A new coaching staff at a new location and it was the very first camps that were held anywhere in the country.

This wasn't by accident, this was a well laid out plan by Tennessee new Head Coach Lane Kiffin and his assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron.

The response was better than expected. Some of the top offensive and defensive linemen in the country made their way to Knoxville to show their talents to the new coaching staff.

"We are very pleased with our turnout, especially since some prospects are still in school," Coach Kiffin said in a previous interview. "To have this many top prospects show up for the first camp of the year shows how hard my coaching staff has been working."

Now it's time for the second round of Camp Kiffins with the first being held Tuesday through Thursday for youngsters and then a three day instructional camp Thursday through Saturday that will feature some of the top talent in the country.

While InsideTennessee.com won't be allowed to cover camp this week due to a new NCAA and SEC rule, it's our plan to give our analyst throughout this week of the previous camps we attended.

We will release our top five performers at each position and will continue our in depth interviews with camp attendees from the previous camp and future camps after they leave the Knoxville campus.

We start out our first edition of position reviews with the defensive line.

Ed Orgeron is known as one of the best defensive line coaches in the country, it was no surprise that this group was probably the most talented of all campers combined. With Orgeron's reputation and that of Tennessee defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, look for some of the best defensive linemen in the country to have interest in the Volunteers.

Picking the top five defensive linemen from this group isn't an easy task, after great thought and deliberation here is our choices.

1. Brandon Willis-South Carolina Bynes High School.

It's Brandon's combination of great size and quickness that gives him the advantage over the other campers. You can tell he has been well coached as he plays with good fundamentals. He has good quickness off the edge and his upper body strength is what puts him at the top of this group.

He has the type body at 6-foot-4 and 250-pounds that can be a great defensive end now or if he grows could be an All-American type defensive tackle with quickness and explosiveness off the football.

2. Corey Miller from South Carolina Bynes High School

Teammate of Brandon Willis, Corey is perhaps the fastest defender of the group. The only reason he didn't receive our No. 1 spot is due to his physical size. He isn't as big as Willis and is definitely a rush end type. He has great upper body strength and uses that strength to his full advantage. Both Willis and Miller would be great steals for the Vols.

3. Jacques Smith- Committed to Tennessee

Great size, great quickness and has the frame to grow a lot. Very explosive off the football and is very talented and fundamentally sound. Great swim moves by Smith kept him showing up his competition during camp. He dominated opponents as most of the defensive linemen did that first camp day. He is going to be a great one for the Volunteers.

4. J.C. Copeland-Committed to Tennessee

Dynamite comes in small packages. This is a great way to describe this defensive lineman. His height disadvantage may become a leverage advantage for the Vols defense of the future. J.C. has one of the most explosive punches off the ball, his upper body strength is definitely used to his advantage. He also is very explosive off the football.

5. Chris Mays-Riverdale High School Tennessee

Chris was a surprise for me. He is impressive looking physically and turned in a good camp performance. He may be a little short, but uses other skills to make up for it. His upper body strength is definitely an advantage. He will play Division 1 football somewhere, will it be at Tennessee is the question.

Just missed

Tim McAdoo from Oakland High School Tennessee Farrington Huguenin Dreher High School South Carolina

Top Underclassmen

Jafar Mann from Stephenson High School Georgia Class of 2011.


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