Top Prospects: Defensive Line Part One

Top Prospects: Defensive Line Part One

Today PrepTennessee.com will continue to look at top prospects left throughout the state. One of the most important positions to be filled by a college team is the defensive line. Find out who some of the top prospects in Tennessee are and which schools they hope to help fill that spot.

One big defensive line prospect that will draw a lot of interest is Hakeem Worthen, 6-4.5, 295 pounds from Knoxville-South Doyle (Tenn.). He is a very solid athlete for his size and is able to play the role of run stopper. Worthen has been garnering interest from several schools including, Auburn, Indiana, LSU, Michigan State, Tennessee, Rutgers, and Vanderbilt. He will need to have a monster senior season to get some of these schools to step up and offer. Fortunately with his size and ability he may be able to have that senior season.

Another big man in Tennessee hoping to use his size and athleticism is Cole Tischer, 6-5, 225 pounds from Brentwood (Tenn.). Tischer is still waiting on his first offer but is gaining interest from several schools. Schools like Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, and Stanford. With his big frame and quick feet look for Tischer to have a big season and help his Brentwood Bruin team make a playoff appearance.

Moving out to west Tennessee, defensive end Patrick Christian from Memphis-Whitehaven (Tenn.) is another prospect to keep your eye on in 2008. Christian will be an integral part of a defense that already has firepower from players like Derrick Webb, and Gene Robinson. He hopes a solid performance this season could help gain offers from the schools that are recruiting him the most, Colorado, Mississippi, and North Carolina.

Barry Dabney, 6-2, 280 pound defensive tackle from Brentwood-Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) is another prospect that looks primed to have a big season. Last season Dabney used his speed and strength to help his team make an appearance in the state championship game. In 2007, Dabney made 59 total tackles (46 solo, 13 assists) and seven sacks with 53 yards lost. The list of schools after this big man includes Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.

In 2008, defensive tackle convert Alex Smithson, 6-2, 275 pounds from Murfreesboro-Riverdale (Tenn.) will need to step up his game to help his team. A defensive end and tackle for Riverdale, Smithson will move inside to play defensive tackle full time on the college level. He is hoping a big senior season will gain him some of the notoriety he will need to get an offer from some of the schools recruiting him. Schools like Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt are recruiting him the most.

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