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February 17, 2006

Pre-Evaluation Rankings: Defensive Linemen

Every year, SCVarsity.com begins narrowing down our list of athletes to a workable number that we can mold into a Top 100 Players list for the state. And each year, one position seems to have more depth than others, but the there is always a lot of talent to go around and there are always players that could be listed on this list if there were more slots available. Here's a look at our Pre-Evaluation Period-Defensive Linemen.

This position was a lot more difficult than I anticipated. I even made a few calls to friends who are either coaching in the college ranks, or formerly coached in the college ranks about these kids and my thoughts on them. The shocking thing is that, at this point - and remember, this is pre-evaluation, I don't see more than seven defensive linemen in the state that are going to make it inside the Top Twenty-five. I've seperated them by ends and tackles.

These players are here because of something we've seen during their junior year. By the time that we gain more information based on in-person and film evaluations, these will more than likely change and there will usually be more [players in the rankings from one position than the other.

As we begin the adventurous journey of evaluating players from our great state, these are the players that we feel are the elite at their position.

Pre-Evaluation Period Top Defensive Linemen

Ends

1. Carlos Dunlap, Fort Dorchester High School - Carlos (6-6,250) is going to be the top ranked defensive lineman in the state. He definitely is a 7 technique player at the next level. Will definitely be a Top Five (overall) for SCVarsity.com

2. Cliff Matthews, Cheraw High School - Easily, the 2nd Best defensive lineman in the state. He's 6-5,235 and still has some growing to do. He's a 7 technique player at the next level. Should easily be in the SCVarsity.com Top Ten.

3. Vernard Parnell, Marlboro County High School - Right now, this 6-2, 230 pounder is listed third at the end position because he could be a 7 technique. Will be a Top Twenty-Five player in the state.

Tackles

1. Jarvis Jenkins, Daniel High School - 6-4, 290lbs. Very athletic for a big man. He's a 5 tech and a definite monster. He will more than likely be inside the Top Ten for SCVarsity.com. He's committed to Clemson and they got a very good one here.

2. Devon Thompson, Union High School - 6-2, 275. Very strong; definitely will play down at the next level. Top Twenty-Five player for SCVarsity.com

3. John Tillman, Marlboro County High School - 6-2, 250lbs. Another strong, athletic player from Dean Boyd's MCHS Bulldogs. Plays some end for the Dawgs, but is a 3 technique at the next level.

4. Greyson Gentry, Gaffney High School - At 5-11, 245, size is a question here, but is extremely aggressive and pushes offensive linemen around. We've got good film of him doing it against a solid Green Wave line at the championship game. Will definitely play down. Should be an SCVarsity.com Top Twenty-Five player.

*at the request of some emails, here is some "technique" info...without going into too much detail, the "technique" is in reference to where the DL lines up...7 means will line up inside eye of the TE...9 is outside; 5 will be just outside of the OT and a 3 is basically a true DT that will line up outside of the guard. Hope this helps a little.



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