College coaches from
across the country have
been making stops in
North and South Carolina
this summer, hoping to
secure one or more of the
burly and fast defensive
linemen prospects that
dot both states.
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These two states are a one-stop shop for a bumper crop of
defensive line talent that just happened to rise up among the
class of 2015.
North Carolina’s Shy Tuttle, Jalen Dalton and Darian Roseboro
as well as South Carolina’s Albert Huggins, Shameik Blackshear
and Michael Barnett are among the nation’s best.
“The Carolinas always seem to be loaded with freak defensive
linemen. You look at guys like Jadeveon Clowney, Robert Quinn,
Carlos Dunlap, Mario Williams, Julius Peppers and it’s amazing
how many high level defensive linemen have come out of North
and South Carolina,” said Jason Pughe, area recruiting expert
for XOS Digital and AthleteVault.com.
ESPN staffers think so highly of the Carolinas’ defensive line-
men that they have seven of them – the six mentioned here, plus
Clemson-bound Sterling Johnson of Cleveland (Clayton, N.C.)
High School – in their top 300 overall prospects.
“This is a year that an in-state school could land a couple of
these guys and be absolutely loaded for the future,” Pughe said.
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