2010 Position Review: Defensive Tackle

A lot of four-year schools went looking for JUCO defensive tackles this past year and arguably the most sought-after prospect in the country was Arizona Western's Jesse Williams, who ultimately ended up signing with Alabama. Where did the rest of the top players end up and how will they fit in with their new schools? Read on to find out...

Arizona Western DT Jesse Williams (Alabama)- The loss of Marcel Darius to the NFL necessitated the need to bring in Williams, an native of Austrailia, who is just starting to tap into his vast potential. As a freshman, Williams posted 46 tackles, 3.5 sacks and four forced fumbles and as a sophomore he totaled 30 tackles, six tackles-for-loss and two sacks.

College of the Sequoias DT Sheldon Richardson (Missouri)- Richardson's size and quickness make him a player that could end up being successful anywhere along the line, but he's slated to play inside for the Tigers. The gifted athlete had offers from schools across the country, but opted to return back to his homestate to play for the school he signed with out of high school.

Coffeyville DT Sylvester Williams (North Carolina)- Williams chose to sign with the Tar Heels over offers from several BCS programs and should be able to come in and provide the size and athleticism necessary to help UNC be more stout up front. As a sophomore this past season, Williams totaled 52 tackles, 12 tackles-for-loss and two sacks and is slated to play the 'under' tackle in North Carolina's system.

Fullerton DT Uriah Grant (Ole Miss)- He led the state of California in tackles-for-loss with 16 while posting 41 tackles and 5.5 sacks. The Rebels will use Grant at defensive tackle, using his quick first step and outstanding strength to hold up against the run while providing pressure up the middle on passing downs.

Garden City DT Maurice Couch (Tennessee)- Couch's recruitment blew up early and was steady until he signed with Tennessee in February. The talented defensive lineman redshirted as a freshman in 2009, but with his athleticism, size and quickness, he was a coveted player very early in the process. Last season, in his only playing time at the JUCO level, Couch totaled 45 tackles, 12 tackles-for-loss and three sacks from his defensive tackle spot. He will enroll at Tennessee in May and he will have three years to make his mark with the Vols.

East Mississippi DT Quinton Dial (Alabama)- If picking up Jesse Williams was a bit of a steal, signing both Williams and Dial would have to be considered grand larceny in the grand scheme of things. Williams will be over the center playing the nose while Dial, who notched 76 tackles and 3.5 sacks, will most likely play the three-technique.

Mississippi Gulf Coast DT John Jenkins (Georgia)- The first decade of the new century saw the Bulldogs load up regularly at the defensive tackle spot. Players like Richard Seymour, Geno Atkins and Marcus Stroud are just some of the players that Georgia has fed into the NFL and Jenkins could end up being the next in line. At 6'4", 340 pounds with a quick first step and the size and strength to hold up against the run, Jenkins was a highly-coveted player by coaching staffs across the country. He'll likely end up playing the nose in Athens, but he could slide to almost any position along the defensive line depending on which scheme they decide to run.

Other players who signed with four-year schools: Blinn's LaMarc Strahan (Texas A&M); Coffeyville's Robert Thomas (Arkansas); Iowa Western's Jared Ebert (Oregon); ASA's Gilbert Pena (Mississippi); Butler's Dennell Wesley (Texas Tech); Coffeyville's Tony Gillespie (Troy); Iowa Western's Shaq Rowell (West Virginia); Fort Scott's Roderick Davis (New Mexico); Northeast Mississppi's Anthony Payne (Troy); College of the Sequoias' Louvan Green (UNLV); Snow's Al Lapuaho (Utah State); Foothill's Havae Lasike (Utah State); Southwestern's Aaron Lazaro (Idaho); Mt. San Antonio's Vaikalafi Lutui (Kansas State); Snow's Tenny Palapoi (Utah State); Golden West's Dontae Scott (Idaho); Blinn's Dominic Smith (Houston); Mississippi Delta's Tevin Wells (UAB); Jones' Jon'al White (Louisiana Tech); East Central's Khalid Wilson (Southern Miss); Butte's Ronnell Wright (Arkansas State); Mt. San Antonio's Kapono Asuega (Gardner-Webb); Highland's Olukayode Akinmoladun (Western Carolina); Eastern Arizona's Donald Alves-Fortes (South Dakota); Coahoma's Ceasere Johnson (South Alabama); Glendale's Vince Manus (Nebraska-Omaha); Butler's Darrius McMullin (South Alabama); Santa Rosa's Andre Shishkin (Western Carolina); Glendale's Terrance Woods (Fayetteville State).


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