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2013 Football Recruiting Rankings: Defensive Line

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National Signing Day 2013 is right around the corner and Athlon Sports is releasing its position-by-position rankings for the Class of 2013 based on the Athlon Consensus 100. Who is left on the board? Who has the best class at one position? Who had positional needs to fill? And, obviously, who are the stars of tomorrow fans can look forward to at every position?

The defensive line is the new high profile football position. More nationally ranked prospects are left uncommitted along the defensive line than any other position on the field and the recruiting sagas are something out of a daytime TV script. Three of the top four and four of the top 10 are still on the board including the nation's No. 1 player Robert Nkemdiche. The former Clemson Tigers verbal is now apparently set to pick between Ole Miss and LSU.

Speaking of LSU, should the Tigers land Nkemdiche, Les Miles' defensive line class would have to be considered one of the best in history. The Bayou Bengals already have three AC100 commitments in Frank Herron (No. 70), Greg Gilmore (No. 73) and Kendell Beckwith (No. 77) as well as two other nationally ranked prospects in Christian Lecouture and Maquedius Bain. It is easily the best D-line haul in the nation.

Many point to the SEC's defensive lines as the key reason why the conference is dominating college football. The SEC is poised to land three of the five uncommitted AC100 defensive lineman. If that happens, the seven-time BCS champions would claim 13 of the top 19 defensive lineman in the nation. Currently, seven different SEC schools have an AC100 D-Lineman committed with Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss still competing for Nkemdiche, Dee Liner and Montravius Adams.

Out West, USC has three commitments at the key position including a top-ten talent in Kenny Bigelow. If Eddie Vanderdoes re-commits to the Trojans, it would give Lane Kiffin two of the top three prospects in the nation and four total nationally ranked tackles or ends. This group would be second only to LSU nationally if Vanderdoes picks USC.

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Tosh Lupoi's influence is also being felt on the West Coast as the star defensive line coach and ace recruiter has Washington poised to sign a pair of top prospects in Elijah Qualls and Daeshon Hall — both of whom rank in the top 150 nationally. Otherwise, the rest of the Pac-12, and most of the Big 12 for that matter, is noticeably absent from the defensive line rankings. 

2013 Positional Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB | ATH

 

Name

AC100

Hometown

Ht

Wt

Verbal

1.

Robert Nkemdiche

No. 1

Loganville, GA

6-4

285

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2.

Eddie Vanderdoes

No. 6

Auburn, CA

6-3

300

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3.

Kenny Bigelow

No. 9

Elkton, MD

6-3

300

USC

4.

Montravius Adams

No. 10

Vienna, GA

6-4

310

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5.

Chris Jones

No. 18

Houston, MS

6-5

250

Mississippi St

6.

Carl Lawson

No. 21

Alpharetta, GA

6-3

250

Auburn

7.

A'Shawn Robinson

No. 34

Ft. Worth, TX

6-5

300

Texas

8.

Demarcus Walker

No. 36

Jacksonville, FL

6-3

275

Florida St

9.

Joey Bosa

No. 37

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

6-5

270

Ohio St

10.

Dee Liner

No. 47

Muscle Shoals, AL

6-3

275

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11.

Alquadin Muhammad

No. 48

Ramsey, NJ

6-4

230

Miami

12.

Elijah Daniel

No. 51

Avon, IN

6-4

250

Ole Miss

13.

Frank Herron

No. 70

Memphis, TN

6-5

260

LSU

14.

Greg Gilmore

No. 73

Hope Mills, NC

6-4

275

LSU

15.

Justin Manning

No. 75

Dallas, TX

6-3

275

Texas A&M

16.

Kendell Beckwith

No. 77

Jackson, LA

6-3

230

LSU

17.

Tim Williams

No. 83

Baton Rouge, LA

6-3

230

Alabama

18.

Kelsey Griffin

No. 90

Hoschton, GA

6-2

285

South Carolina

19.

Isaiah Golden

No. 94

Carthage, TX

6-2

295

Texas A&M

20.

Kylie Fitts

No. 103

Redlands, CA

6-4

245

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21.

Elijah Qualls

No. 109

Petaluma, CA

6-1

280

Washington

22.

Wyatt Teller

No. 116

Bealeton, VA

6-4

265

Virginia Tech

23.

Caleb Brantley

No. 118

Crescent City, FL

6-3

310

Florida

24.

Henry Poggi

No. 122

Baltimore, MD

6-4

260

Michigan

25.

Darius Page

No. 129

Foley, AL

6-3

295

Alabama

26.

Daeshon Hall

No. 136

Lancaster, TX

6-6

240

Washington

27.

Taco Charlton

No. 142

Pickerington, OH

6-5

250

Michigan

28.

Greg Webb

No. 156

Erial, NJ

6-2

290

North Carolina

29.

Isaac Rochell

No. 158

McDonough, GA

6-5

260

Notre Dame

30.

D.J. Ward

No. 164

Moore, OK

6-3

245

Oklahoma

31.

Andrew Billings

No. 171

Waco, TX

6-1

305

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32.

Garrett Sickels

No. 176

Little Silver, NJ

6-4

245

Penn St

33.

Jason Hatcher

No. 177

Louisville, KY

6-2

240

USC

34.

Jason Carr

No. 192

Memphis, TN

6-6

280

Tennessee

35.

Dajuan Drennon

No. 196

Sicklerville, NJ

6-3

230

North Carolina

36.

Torrodney Prevot

No. 202

Houston, TX

6-3

210

USC

37.

Ebenezer Ogundeko

No. 204

Brooklyn, NY

6-3

230

Clemson

38.

Christian Lecouture

No. 206

Lincoln, NE

6-5

270

LSU

39.

Maquedius Bain

No. 209

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

6-3

310

LSU

40.

Tashawn Bower

No. 212

Somerville, NJ

6-5

240

Auburn

41.

Takkarist McKinley

No. 213

Fremont, CA

6-3

240

Cal

42.

Keith Bryant

No. 216

Delray Beach, FL

6-2

305

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43.

Maurice Hurst Jr.

No. 222

Westwood, MA

6-2

305

Michigan

44.

Michael Hill

No. 227

Pendleton, SC

6-3

315

Ohio St

45.

Joe Mathis

No. 234

Upland, CA

6-4

255

Washington

View the complete 2013 Athlon Consensus 100

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