By Kendall Webb
Publisher, College Football America Yearbook
When it’s all said and done, the Class of 2016 will be remembered as a banner year for defensive linemen.
Indeed, this year’s crop of high school seniors features no fewer than 11 consensus 5-star recruits at either defensive tackle or defensive end led by the nation’s top recruit, Rashan Gary of Paramus (NJ) Catholic who we profiled here yesterday.
With that many kids to choose from, we’ll definitely go with four defensive linemen and three linebackers in our Class of 2016, and as we said yesterday, Gary is all but a lock to nail down one of our tackle slots. Julian Rochester of the McEachern (Powder Springs, GA) Indians is currently the lowest-rated of those 11 players, but with only 27 consensus 5-stars at the moment, he still checks in as the nation’s No. 24 recruit regardless of position.
And, at the moment, we’ve got him slotted in that other tackle position alongside Gary. We’re not through looking at the other prospects, yet, but as this video shows, Rochester’s got a lot going for him including a great first step and the quickness to line up at the end. He’s virtually unblockable one-on-one and shows an aggressiveness and eagerness to get to the ball that will serve him well at the next level — whether he lines up inside or out.
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