Charles Fishbein’s top 15 defensive ends in Florida in 2020 class

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Florida State is seeking help at defensive end in the 2020 signing class, securing one commitment in Josh Griffis of Bradenton IMG Academy. But there is a need for more as the Seminoles replenish depth for the future.

FBS teams can never have too many pass rushers. The Osceola takes a look at the top 15 prospects in Florida in the 2020 class, using the following ranking system:


Ranking -10 (National Elite Recruit)

9-(Top ranked National Recruit)

8-(Top ranked regional Recruit)

7-(P5/FBS prospects)


1.     Chantz Williams – Orange Park Oakleaf (6-4, 220)

·         Ranking: (8) Chantz does one thing well and that is close quickly on the ball carrier. He also gives you some length off the edge. Trying to run to the outside of Chantz is not a winning proposition. He is raw and needs to continue working on his technique. (Reported offers: Florida State, Miami, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, South Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, USF)

2.     Donnell Harris – Miami Booker T. Washington (6-4, 210)

·         Ranking: (8) Harris is another speed rusher who will come out of Booker T, which has produced players like Chad Thomas and Lyndan Trail. This kid is up there with the best of them. He has some size and length off the edge. He does need to gain some weight but understand Harris was only a freshman a year ago. (Committed to Miami) 

3.     Elijah Roberts – Miami Christopher Columbus (6-4, 235)

·         Ranking: (8) Roberts is a kid who really shined this off-season at football camps. He played at a high level in high school but did not get recognition because Roberts played at Coral Park. Now that he has moved over to Columbus, we expect his offer sheet to blow up this spring. (Reported offers: Committed to Miami)

4.     Samuel Anaele – McDougle Tech (6-4, 240)

·         Ranking: (8) Samuel is a big, athletic defensive end. He is a kid who looks like a grown man. He can come off the ball and just whip his guy without doing a thing. He is very strong. He is just as effective stopping the run as Anaele is at getting to the quarterback. (Committed to Kentucky)  

5.     Morvean Joseph – Lake Gibson (6-3, 210)

·         Ranking: (8) Joseph will end up an outside linebacker/rush end in college. He can get pressure off the edge. His size will hurt him against the run. He is a prospect that you want to put in space and rely on his speed and quickness. You would like for him to have a little more length. (Reported Offers: More than 25 offers)

6.     Johnny Newton – Clearwater Central Catholic (6-3, 250)

·         Ranking: (8) Newton will end up one of the premier players in Pinellas County. He could end up with a 9-raniking by the end of spring. He plays multiple positions on both sides of the football. His athletic ability can’t be denied. (Reported offers: FSU, Florida, North Carolina, USF, Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana and Toledo)

7.     Latarie Kinsler – Pahoke (6-4, 215)

·         Ranking: (8) Kinsley is a kid that can line up wide and rush the passer. He comes off the ball like he was fired out of a cannon. He has the size, length and speed off the edge to give offensive tackles fits. (Reported offers: Committed to LSU, Oregon, Syracuse, Texas A&M and Louisville)

8.     Jaylen Harrell – Tampa Berkeley Prep (6-3, 225)

·         Ranking: (8) If you were to go into a lab and make a linebacker, Harrell would fit the mold. Here is a kid that not only looks the part but backs it up on the field. He plays inside but we feel that Harrell is versatile enough to play anywhere on the field. He is a kid who may eventually grow into a defensive end.   (Reported offers: Louisville, Michigan, Miss State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Alabama, USF, Duke, FSU, Georgia, Minnesota, UNC, Tennessee, Vandy, UF)

9.     Josh Griffis – Bradenton IMG Academy-6’4-225

·         Ranking: (8) Here is a kid who is not going to overpower the opposition. He is a non-stop motor guy who gives you everything you need. He is a very good athlete who can play defensive end or tight end in college. (Reported offers: Committed to Florida State) 

10. Chris Jones – Pompano Beach Coconut Creek (6-4, 215)

·         Ranking: (8) Jones has a chance to be a very good football player in college. He is versatile in that you could line him up at defensive end or linebacker. He has the speed to get to the quarterback and the size to match up against the run. (Reported Offers: FSU, FIU, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Pitt, Liberty, Southern Miss, UCF)

11. Choute Kervins – Deerfield Beach (6-3, 250)

·         Ranking: (8) Choute is one of the top defensive line prospects in South Florida. He has good size and speed. He can make plays whether you line him up as a defensive tackle, end or linebacker. (Reported Offers: Florida, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Louisville)

12. Marquise Freeman – Cocoa (6-4, 200)

·         Ranking: (8) Freeman is going to end up heavily recruited. He is a pass rush specialist. He can get after the quarterback. His ability to put pressure on the quarterback makes him a commodity. He does need to gain some weight.     (Reported Offers: Colorado State, FIU, FAU, UK, Liberty, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Troy State, Tulane)

13. Claude Larkins – Hollywood Chamiande (6-4, 215)

·         Ranking: (7) Larkins is another multi-talented rush end/outside linebacker type on the board. He has the size and length that college scouts are looking for in a defensive end prospect. He can rush the passer. He can drop back into coverage and cover a tight end. He can play the run. He has the tools you look for in a prospect. (Committed to Minnesota)

14. Khaya Wright – South Miami (6-3, 200)

·         Ranking: (7) Wright is a versatile player who can play defensive end, rush end or outside linebacker. His speed and quickness allows him to make plays all over the field. (Reported Offers: Committed to Georgia Tech)

15. Jalen Reeves – Fort Lauderdale University School (6-2, 220)

·         Ranking: (7) Reeves is on a very talented football team this year. He is a guy who can also line up as a defensive end or linebacker. He has double digit-sacks so that should tell you that the kid can put pressure on the quarterback.  (Reported offers: BC, Bowling Green, FAMU, LSU, Morgan State, Robert Morris, Syracuse)

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