UT Recruiting: DL Prospects

Toledo had little to no pass rush in 2007, managing just 9 team sacks. It should be no surprise that Toledo focused on bringing in defensive lineman in the 2008 recruiting class. However, the key to success is to continue to recruit solid defensive lineman, and that is just what the Rockets are looking to do in the 2009 recruiting class.

Toledo had little to no pass rush in 2007, managing just 9 team sacks. The loss of some key defensive lineman to injury contributed to that number, but it should be no surprise that Toledo focused on bringing in defensive lineman in the 2008 recruiting class. Junior college transfer Albertson Alexandre and incoming freshmen Hank Keighley and Jonathan Lamb are expected to play for the Rockets this fall and make an impact. But the key to success is to continue to recruit solid defensive lineman, and that is just what the Rockets are looking to do in the 2009 recruiting class.

One of the prospects high on Toledo's list for 2009 is defensive end Chikaobi Reid of West Charlotte High school in Charlotte, NC. "I have offers from Duke, Toledo, East Carolina, and Vanderbilt," Chikaobi said in a recent interview with Rocket Digest.

Chikaobi visited Toledo for a one day camp on June 11th and liked the campus and facilities. He plans on taking an official visit to Toledo this fall.

Chikaobi had an excellent junior season last fall, recording 94 tackles and 11 sacks. He is 6-3, 220 pounds, and runs a 4.55 forty. He is being recruited to Toledo by assistant coach Mark Rhea as both a defensive end and tight end.

Another defensive end prospect high on Toledo's radar is Blaine Burgess. Burgess is 6-3, 255 pounds, and from Pickerington Central High School in Ohio. Blaine is being recruited to Toledo by assistant coach Vince Marrow as a defensive end.

Blaine recently told Rocket Digest, "I still haven't seen any paperwork on them, but Coach Marrow from Toledo and my recruiting coach from Western Michigan have told Coach Sharrett (Blaine's HS coach) and myself that I have an offer from both of them.

Blaine has not been to UT's campus recently, as a scheduling conflict kept him from making up to Toledo's summer camp. However, he has seen the Glass Bowl from coming to Rocket football games when he was younger and he has a favorable memory of the stadium. He also likes Toledo's plans for an indoor practice facility. "The practice facility they are building is just another thing that would sell me on coming to Toledo," Blaine told Rocket Digest in a recent interview.

Blaine is not planning on making a commitment until after his senior season is over.

Detroit Southwestern High School defensive end Antwon Johnson is another guy on the UT radar. He is 6-3 and 260 pounds. Johnson, who has been hearing from Toledo, Indiana, and Buffalo, could also play defensive tackle. However, he is projected as a defensive end because of his speed and his pass rush ability.

Zach Bruce is a 6-2 and 240 pound defensive end from Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, IN. He is hearing from Toledo, Cincinnati, Indiana, Purdue, and Southern Illinois. He missed most of last season with a broken leg, but came back late in the season for his school's playoff run. He has improved his forty yard dash to a solid 4.72 mark.

Kenneth Agee of Shaker Heights High School in Ohio is another defensive line prospect getting interest from Toledo. He is 6-4 and 197 pounds, so he will need to add some weight to play defensive end in college. Schools are also looking at him as a tight end. He is hearing from Toledo, Ball State, Temple, and Penn State.

At defensive tackle there are a couple of promising targets on Toledo's list. Marjarvin Chapman from South Panola High School in Batesville, MS is a big guy that can stuff the run. The 6-0, 295 pounder is hearing from several ACC and SEC teams, as well as Toledo, Memphis, Southern Miss, and Florida Atlantic. He does not have any offers yet, but recently scored high enough on his ACT to get into most of the schools recruiting him.

UT's recruiting coordinator, Doug Downing, is recruiting Marjarvin for Toledo. "I really like the staff (Toledo) a whole lot," Marjarvin recently told Rocket Digest.

His current plans are to setup official visits with Toledo, Clemson, LSU, Arkansas, and Memphis for this fall. His high school team has one of the longest winning streaks in the nation, having gone undefeated in each of the last five seasons.

Another defensive tackle prospect the Rockets are looking at is John Steele from South High School in Cleveland, OH. John is hearing from Toledo, Northern Illinois, Cincinnati, Kent State, Akron, and Bowling Green. Steele is 6-3 and 270 pounds.

Keep checking back with Rocket Digest over the coming months as we keep you updated on these prospects and any other defensive line prospects that hit the UT radar.



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