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2017 MS DT Rankings

This year’s class may not have the star power of 2016 but don’t let that put you to sleep. There is some high quality talent well outside of the top 3. One interesting thing to notice is the number of smaller DTs that use quickness that are becoming more prevalent. With the evolution of the spread offenses, you’re seeing more guys in the mold of Isaac Gross. One last thing, watch Vincent Macintosh’s film. Trust me.

#1- Tae-kion Reed  6’5 285 Columbus 247 profile highlights

Already at 5 offers including MSU, Ole Miss, USM, ULL, and Memphis. Big-time talent that could play OL or DL but I think his future is on the DL. Long, lean body that will be able to really come in to its own in a college strength and conditioning program. Great athleticism for his size. I could see him play anywhere from 3-4 DE to a 3 tech DT in the 4-3. Versatile skill set.

#2- O’ Bryan Goodson  6’1 245 Batesville 247 profile highlights

Committed to Memphis but has a USM offer as well. Hate to make such a convenient comparison but his first step and lateral quickness reminds you of Isaac Gross. Goodson is a little more rugged in style but inside DL just aren’t supposed to be so quick. In today’s spread offense schemes, these ultra-quick DL have extra value despite a lack of mass.

#3-  DaShawn Crawford  6′ 240 Bay Springs 247 profile highlights

Has a Nicholls State offer already with more expected to come. It’s hard to explain if you don’t watch the film but he has a fast-twitch muscle explosion that nobody else on the list has. Plays a lot of DE is HS but probably not long enough to play at the next level; looks like an inside guy in college. Great first step and can beat the blockers with strength, quickness, or moves. Looks to always get inside hands. Love that.

#4- Demarco Davis  6’4 286 Independence scout profile highlights

No offers currently but plenty of interest. Ultimate inside DL that excels when it comes to size and power. Can see him either at NT in a 3-4 or DT in the 4-3. He is a guy that can occupy a gap and/or numerous blockers. An interior disruptor who moves pretty well for his size.

#5- Vincent McIntosh  6’1 295 Shannon 247 profile highlights

The most impressive thing about his film is his performance as the featured RB. Yes, you read that right. Think MS’s own HS version of Jerome Bettis. Don’t give me wrong, he looks good at DT too but the athleticism he shows as a ball carrier is amazing for a man his size. If he was 2 inches taller, he’d have a big-time offer sheet at DT. I’m curious to see if he picks up any offers his senior year.

#6- Chris Monroe  6’1 255 Petal highlights

Plays against the top competition in the state and excels. Full package: great first step, uses his hands, pursues the ball, and takes great angles. He looks to be the most well-coached DT  on the list. Another one of these smallish DTs that have value in today’s football because of quickness.

#7- Kaleb Robinson  6’3 250 Holmes 247 profile highlights

You could make a strong argument that Robinson is the best looking DL getting off the bus in the state. He’s raw but there are some tools there you can’t teach. Very long, athletic body that can really run. Looks like he really loves the game and contact. Robinson is a project with upside at the next level.

#8- Jimmy Tyes  6’2 325 Baldwyn highlights

Big ole boy who is a disruptor in the middle. One thing that separate Tyes from other “middle-cloggers” is that he’ll get off his block and get after the ball. Really like the hustle from the big man. Plays really strong. I think he’d be a great anchor in a 3-4 scheme where he can own the point of attack.

#9- Ian Roberts  6’2 270 Copiah Academy highlights

Pretty good combination of size and mobility. Really gets after the ball. Been coached well showing different techniques to separate from blockers. Plays in a lower division of private football against lesser competition but dominates it physically as he should. His camp evals paired with what he shows his senior year will dictate his offer sheet.

#10- Stan Gross  6’1 250 Sardis highlights

The ultimate hustle and motor guy. He plays wide open 100% of the time. Does well with contain. Also does a good job of staying under control in the backfield and making the play. Not exactly sure were he fits on the DL at the next level but I’d assume inside were he can use quickness.

Players of interest with no public film

Isis Keyes DT 6’2 275 Raleigh

Edward Harrelson DT 6’2 260 Yazoo

 

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