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November 19, 2009

Category rankings: Defensive tackles

VOTE: Best athlete | Best pass rusher | Best run-stuffer | Quickest | Strongest


The Rivals.com recruiting experts have broken down countless hours of film and racked up plenty of frequent flyer miles to see the top prospects compete at events across the country. In the process of evaluating overall talent, several prospects gained notice for their mastery of specific skills.

We've selected the best of the best in each category for every position and ranked them. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every breaks down the defensive tackles.

DT RANKINGS: Best athlete | Best pass rusher | Best run-stuffer | Quickest | Strongest

5. George Uko, Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo
Uko Highlights
CONSIDERING: List includes Cal, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee and USC.
PARTICULARS: 6-4/280
BUZZ: Uko had some of the lightest feet of any lineman this spring at the Los Angeles Nike Camp.

4. Kelcy Quarles, Greenwood (S.C.)
Quarles Highlights
COMMITTED TO: South Carolina
PARTICULARS: 6-4/265
BUZZ: He plays every position along the defensive line for his high school team.

3. Garrison Smith, Atlanta Douglass
Smith Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Georgia
PARTICULARS: 6-4/250
BUZZ: He has the ability to play either strongside defensive end or defensive tackle.

2. Ashton Dorsey, Tyler (Texas) John Tyler
Dorsey Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Texas
PARTICULARS: 6-2/276
BUZZ: Dorsey is slightly undersized but very athletic; he recorded 20 tackles for loss last season.

1. Leon Orr, New Port Richey (Fla.) Gulf
Orr Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Florida
PARTICULARS: 6-4/300
BUZZ: Orr actually also plays tight end and linebacker for his high school team.

BEST PASS RUSHER
5. Sharrif Floyd, Philadelphia George Washington
Floyd Highlights
CONSIDERING: List includes Florida, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, South Carolina and USC.
PARTICULARS: 6-3/310
BUZZ: He proved at three separate combines - U.S. Army All-American, Penn State Nike Camp and FBU Top Gun - to be the best inside pass rusher.
4. Mike Thornton, Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson
Thornton Highlights
CONSIDERING: List includes Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami Penn State and Michigan.
PARTICULARS: 6-2/280
BUZZ: He recorded 95 tackles playing for possibly the fastest front seven in high school.

3. Louis Nix, Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines
Nix Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Miami
PARTICULARS: 6-2/320
BUZZ: He had 50 tackles and 10 sacks last season.

2. Kelcy Quarles, Greenwood (S.C.)
Quarles Highlights
COMMITTED TO: South Carolina
PARTICULARS: 6-4/265
BUZZ: He had 75 tackles and 17 sacks as a junior.

1. Garrison Smith, Atlanta Douglass
Smith Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Georgia
PARTICULARS: 6-4/250
BUZZ: He recorded 104 tackles with 14 sacks last season.

BEST RUN-STUFFER
5. Evan Hailes, Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith
Hailes Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Penn State
PARTICULARS: 6-1/305
BUZZ: Another thick-bodied player who was impossible to move at the U.S. Army All-American Combine.
4. Louis Nix, Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines
Nix Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Miami
PARTICULARS: 6-2/320
BUZZ: This wide monster really excelled at the Gridiron Kings in Orlando, Fla., this summer.

3. Sharrif Floyd, Philadelphia George Washington
Floyd Highlights
CONSIDERING: List includes Florida, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, South Carolina and USC.
PARTICULARS: 6-3/310
BUZZ: This two-way starter has the best looking power base and the strength to take on two blockers.
2. Ricky Heimuli, Salt Lake City Brighton
Heimuli Highlights
CONSIDERING: Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and USC lead a long list.
PARTICULARS: 6-4/280
BUZZ: He demonstrated at the U.S. Army All-American Combine and USC Rising Star camp that he is the master of the bull rush.
1. Taylor Bible, Denton (Texas) Guyer
Bible Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Texas
PARTICULARS: 6-3/280
BUZZ: He recorded an amazing 42 tackles for loss as a junior.

QUICKEST
5. George Uko, Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo
Uko Highlights
CONSIDERING: List includes Cal, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee and USC.
PARTICULARS: 6-4/280
BUZZ: He had a stellar performance during one-on-ones at the Los Angeles Nike Camp.

4. Kelcy Quarles, Greenwood (S.C.)
Quarles Highlights
COMMITTED TO: South Carolina
PARTICULARS: 6-4/265
BUZZ: He uses his length and sheer hustle to make plays in the backfield.

3. Mike Thornton, Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson
Thornton Highlights
CONSIDERING: List includes Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami Penn State and Michigan.
PARTICULARS: 6-2/280
BUZZ: There are a bunch of centers in the state of Georgia who still don't know what happened against Thornton after they snapped the ball.
2. Garrison Smith, Atlanta Douglass
Smith Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Georgia
PARTICULARS: 6-4/250
BUZZ: He is in the backfield before the handoff half the time. He has the ability to catch running backs from behind.
1. Leon Orr, New Port Richey (Fla.) Gulf
Orr Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Florida
PARTICULARS: 6-4/300
BUZZ: He is athletic and quick enough to play linebacker in high school.

STRONGEST
5. Ricky Heimuli, Salt Lake City Brighton
Heimuli Highlights
CONSIDERING: Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and USC lead a long list.
PARTICULARS: 6-4/280
BUZZ: Heimuli handles opponents straight up using his brute strength.

4. Jeffrey Whitaker, Warner Robins (Ga.)
Whitaker Highlights
CONSIDERING: List includes Auburn, Cal, Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Tennessee.
PARTICULARS: 6-3/295
BUZZ: He spent the whole summer working out twice a day, mostly on his own.

3. Taylor Bible, Denton (Texas) Guyer
Bible Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Texas
PARTICULARS: 6-3/280
BUZZ: This powerfully built lineman has proven he can take on double-teams on a regular basis.

2. Sharrif Floyd, Philadelphia George Washington
Floyd Highlights
CONSIDERING: List includes Florida, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, South Carolina and USC.
PARTICULARS: 6-3/310
BUZZ: He attended three major camps and was never moved backward.
1. Sione Potoae, Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes
Potoae Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Washington
PARTICULARS: 6-3/285
BUZZ: He is the strongest player ever from a high school that has produced plenty of Division I prospects.



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