Today we look at the defensive tackle position, as we dissect the committed recruits, and see what we’re looking at moving forward.
Eric Crume, True Senior
John Raymon, Redshirt Junior
Wayne Williams, Redshirt Junior
Ryan Sloan, Redshirt Junior
Marcus Coleman, Redshirt Sophomore
Jalen Harvey, True Freshman
Kayton Samuels, True Freshman
Ty Cross, Chapel Hill HS, GA (@T_Cross52) – Cross came out of nowhere when he committed back in June. He didn’t have a profile on any recruiting sites, and it took a long time after Eric White’s "BOOM" to decipher who he was. Despite that, he’s an excellent prospect and it will be fun to see him perform now that he’s no longer under the radar.
Cross is very quick off the ball and stays low at the point of attack. He causes havoc in the middle of the line to break up plays. While he’s a bit undersized for his position currently, he definitely has the frame and athleticism to put on that extra weight under Will Hicks in a college S&C program. He also has a good eye for the ball carrier and quick reactions.
Offers – Syracuse, Memphis, UCF, Georgia State
Anthony Guidice, Avon Old Farms, CT (@giudice_79) – Guidice was one of the many June commits to Syracuse. The staff likely spotted him during their recruitment of teammate Chris Clark.
Giudice certainly isn’t the quickest player we’ve ever recruited but he does everything else pretty well. He already has developed moves to free himself from blockers and doesn’t over pursue. It seems like he frequently puts himself in good positions as well. He also has quite a nasty streak as evidenced by the offensive side of his tape, viciously driving opposing linemen into the turf.
Offers – Syracuse
Like Defensive End, this is a position where the Orange look to bring in one more prospect. Defensive Tackle is one of the hardest positions to recruit in college football, and combined with Syracuse’s injury problems at the position there is a priority here. The staff is working as hard as they can on Jamal Milan (@jmal_is_my_name) and it’s between the Orange and Illinois for his signature. If Milan doesn’t choose the Orange, there’s the potential that David Ryslik (@DRyslik_77) is offered the chance to join the growing Jersey contingent.
The defensive tackle position is hard to break down, it’s tough to pick out a specific mold that the staff is looking for. However, based on the tapes of the above prospects, as well as the tapes from Kayton Samuels and Jalen Harvey, it appears that aggression in the trenches is a key attribute. All these kids hit hard, and disrupt play at the point of attack. That attitude is important as we’ve seen with players like Max Beaulieu and most of the linemen under GERG. Hardnosed is a perfect way to describe the players we’re bringing in.
While Crume is the only senior on the roster, this is a position that is a priority moving forward as the numbers aren’t yet where they need to be. The Orange will probably look to bring in at least one more DT in the 2016 class, and if numbers allow I could see them bringing in two.