Pre-Season All State

The preview of the top players in Tennessee continues as we move over to the defensive side of the football. Find out more about the top defensive players in the state and the schools recruiting them the hardest.

Defensive Ends

Dominque Allen, 6-0, 250 pound defensive end from Paris-Henry County (Tenn.) may have limited snaps on the defensive side of the football due to his team's need for him to carry the football this season. However, at the next level he projects to be a good defensive end as he is able to combine power, strength, agility, and quickness off the football. Allen is a Tennessee commitment, but has been receiving a lot of attention lately including a recent offer from LSU. As for now he is a Vol, but it's a long time until February.

Cole Tischer, 6-5, 225 pound defensive end from Brentwood (Tenn.) is going to give offenses in the Nashville area fits. His long frame and quick feet make him tough to contain against the run or pass. Tischer is hoping a big senior season will impress schools and help him land some offers. He is receiving a good amount of attention from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Stanford, and Vanderbilt.

Defensive Tackles

Hakeem Worthen, 6-4, 295 pound defensive tackle from Knoxville-South Doyle (Tenn.) should be a dominate force in the middle this season. His combination of strength and agility make him good enough to play a four technique on defense and still contain the "A" gap. Worthen is hoping a monster senior season will keep the interest in him up from schools like Auburn, LSU, Michigan State, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.

Barry Dabney, 6-2, 280 pound defensive tackle from Brentwood-Academy (Tenn.) is ready for a big senior season. In 2007, Dabney made 59 total tackles (46 solo, 13 assists) and seven sacks with 53 yards lost. He hopes to keep those stats rolling in order to land offers from schools like Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt.


Derrick Webb, 6-0, 225 pound linebacker from Memphis-Whitehaven is one of the top defensive players in the state and has offers from Ole Miss, Middle Tennessee, and Southern Miss. Webb has great vision to the football and is able to move well in pass coverage. The 2008 season should be his best with the combination of the rest of the Memphis Whitehaven defense.

Greg King, 6-3, 205 pound linebacker from Memphis-Melrose is one of the best athletes in the entire state. His combination of field awareness, strength, and speed have helped him earn 15 early offers from programs like Alabama, LSU, Miami, Mississippi, Mississippi State, North Carolina, and Tennessee. King should continue to improve his statistics for 2008 after a good junior campaign where he totaled 70 tackles, 10 sacks and four forced fumbles.

DeMarcus Knight, 6-2, 230 pound linebacker from Morristown-East High (Tenn.) is looking to unload on some teams in 2008. Knight made his pledge early to Ole Miss and does not plan on looking at anyone else at this time. The Rebels want Knight for his ability to stop the run while maintaining enough athleticism to cover the pass down the field. Knight hopes to show most Northeast Tennessee his skills and to help his team make a run into the playoffs.

Cole Lail, 6-2, 220 pound linebacker from Maryville-William Blount (Tenn.) is a hardnosed linebacker that plays with a chip on his shoulder. Lail looks to punish ball carriers every play and often accomplishes his goal. The 2008 season almost didn't happen for Lail as he fought off illness in the winter time that almost took his life. Look for this young man to come ready to play and show some schools his skills. He is receiving the most attention from schools like Auburn, Louisville, Marshall, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.

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