After signing 12 ESPN 300 defensive linemen in the Class of 2016, only three of the ACC’s 24 commitments in the class are D-linemen. While the numbers are down early in this cycle, there is plenty of talent and depth already in the conference headed into the 2016 season. Here is a closer look at defensive line recruiting in the ACC with a focus today on the Atlantic Division.
2016 signees: End Bryce Morais, end Brandon Barlow, tackle Adam Korutz
2017 commitments: Four-star end Kwity Paye
Overview: Boston College has built up pretty good depth, and talent on the front line under Steve Addazio including end Harold Landry, who could leave early for the NFL after the season. Paye is a potential difference-maker in the fold, and the Eagles have eyes in Florida and Georgia for more talent, including end Jonathan MacCollister and tackle Ellison Hubbard. ESPN 300 end Chase Young tops the list, but is a long shot at best.
2016 signees: ESPN 300 five-star tackle Dexter Lawrence, ESPN 300 tackle Nyles Pinckney, ESPN 300 end Xavier Kelly
2017 commitments: End Logan Rudolph
Overview: Clemson has considerable young front line talent and depth on the defensive front, so the term in 2017 is “selective”. ESPN 300 ends Jonathan Garvin and Markaviest Bryant are names to know, as is ESPN 300 tackle Breyon Gaddy. ESPN 300 ends Jarez Parks and Chase Young would be welcomed, but are considered long shots currently.
2016 signees: ESPN 300 tackle Shavar Manuel, ESPN 300 end Janarius Robinson, ESPN 300 end Brian Burns, ESPN 300 tackle Cedric Wood, junior college tackle Wally Aime
2017 commitments: ESPN 300 tackle Ja’len Parks and tackle Cory Durden
Overview: Florida State is set to lose All-ACC end DeMarcus Walker to the NFL after the season and 2016 signee Shavar Manuel’s qualification remains unclear, but there is both talent and depth across the line factoring in the quartet of 2016 signees. Future tackle depth is shored up with teammates Parks and Durden on the board. Five-star Marvin Wilson out of Texas is the top target at tackle, and the Seminoles are battling Alabama and LSU. Five-star end Robert Beal is the top target at end, but it looks like Georgia has taken over the lead from Alabama with FSU running third. The Seminoles would to land ESPN 300 end K’Lavon Chaisson as well.
2016 signees: ESPNJC50 tackle Chris Williams, tackle Caleb Tillman, end Michael Boykin, end Kordell Slater, end Tabarius Peterson
2017 commitments: N/A
Overview: Louisville added key depth and talent in 2016 with Chris Williams expected to contend for a starting spot. Adding big bodies to the 3-4 front continues to be the goal, and the top target is arguably ESPN 300 end LaBryan Ray out of Alabama. The Cardinals staff is attacking the Peach State with vigor. ESPN 300s MJ Webb, Malik Herring and Aubrey Solomon would all be welcomed.
2016 signees: Tackle Shug Frazier, end Bryce Folsom and end Kendall Brown
2017 commitments: Tackle Grant Gibson
Overview: The strength of the Wolfpack’s defense is the front four, and none are seniors this season. There is also impressive young depth head into the season plus the trio of freshmen entering the program meaning NC State can be selective and stay in the fight for potential difference makers. The states of Georgia and Florida have a number of targets, including ESPN 300 end Jonathan Garvin out of Palm Beach County. Tackle Emmanuel McNeil and end Michael Allen are top Peach State targets.
2016 signees: End Jaquwan Nelson, end Kendall Coleman, end Joshua Black, linebacker/end Kenneth Ruff and end McKinley Williams
2017 commitments: End Zach Morton
Overview: There is not a position more in need for the orange than the defensive line. The young tackles have promise, but there is still a need for future depth and bringing in pass rushers is paramount. Syracuse will recruit both high school and junior college prospects. ESPN 300 Fred Hansard would be great, but is a long shot. The state of Florida will be heavily recruited with Owen Carney, Guy Thomas and ESPN 300 Jonathan Garvin on the wish list.
2016 signees: Tackle Sulaiman Kamara, end Emmanuel Walker, end Zander Zimmer and end Carlos Basham Jr.
2017 commitments: N/A
Overview: The Demon Deacons has an experienced front four, but now face the task of adding pieces in 2017 to go with the 2016 quartet now on campus. The states of Georgia and Virginia are key for Dave Clawson and staff. In the Peach State, end Michael Allen and tackle Ellison Hubbard names to remember, as well as Jordan Williams out of Virginia Beach.