Charles Fishbein’s top 10 defensive tackles in Florida in 2020 class

The top defensive tackles from Florida in the 2020 class are nearly all committed. And that’s what made Emanuel Rogers’ commitment to FSU so critical – the Seminoles are in need of restocking at the position.

And the Jensen Beach standout has the potential to improve through the years under the tutelage of FSU defensive line coach Odell Haggins. Here’s a look at the top 10 defensive tackles in the state in 2020, using the below criteria:


10 (National Elite Recruit)

9 – (Top ranked National Recruit)

8 – (Top ranked regional Recruit)

7 – (P5/FBS prospects)

6 – (FBS-FCS)

1.     Jalen Carter – Apopka (6-4, 300)

·         Ranking: (9) Carter is quickly becoming one of the premier defensive linemen in Florida. He has size and strength. He is a tough matchup as well because of his initial burst off the ball. His quickness is going to give most offensive linemen problems. (Committed to Georgia)

2.     Gervon Dexter – Lake Wales (6-6, 275)

·         Ranking: (9) Dexter is versatile enough to play in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. He has size and length. His ability to get into the backfield and be disruptive is what makes him such a hot commodity. (Committed to Florida)

3.     Timothy Smith – Sebastian River (6-4, 315)

·         Ranking: (9) When you have a prospect with Smith’s size and athletic ability there are not going to be many players you see like him. He has a clip on his highlight reel where he picks up a ball and scores a touchdown. You will see a 300-plus-pound lineman out running smaller guys to the end zone. (Committed to Alabama)

4.     Warren Brinson – Bradenton IMG Academy (6-5, 300)

·         Ranking: (8) Brinson is a grown man. He is big and physically impressive looking. It is not often that you will see a player with size and athletic ability play on the defensive line. It would not shock us to see him move over to offense. (Committed to Georgia) 

5.     Johnnie Brown – Tampa Middleton (6-2, 250)

·         Ranking: (8) Brown is an undersized defensive tackle that may end up playing end in college. He is able to get off the ball and into the backfield. He is very active up front. The question over the next few years is how much will he develop physically? (Committed to Florida) 

6.     Jordan Butler – Bradenton IMG Academy (6-3, 300)

·         Ranking: (8) Butler will most likely play nose guard in college. He is a big, wide-bodied interior lineman. He can take up a double team and force you to handle another lineman one on one. He has nice short area burst and will be tough against the run. (Committed to Vandy)

7.     Emanuel Rogers – Jensen Beach (6-5, 300)

·         Ranking: (8) Rogers is a big, athletic lineman. He’s quick off the ball and plays with consistent effort. He chose FSU over Florida, Tennessee and others with his commitment on July 12. (Committed to FSU)

8.     Trevon Riggins – Bradenton IMG Academy (6-2, 275)

·        Ranking: (8) Riggins is a kid who started as a freshman at Lakewood High School before moving over to IMG. He has good size for the position. He can be a very good defensive end but if Riggins adds the weight and moves inside we feel that he can become an elite player there one day. (Committed to Miami) 

9.     Westley Neal – Miami Gulliver Prep (6-0, 320)

·         Ranking: (7) Westley is not real tall but he is a wide body (320 pounds). He is a guy that moves well for someone his size. Neal will command a double team. (Reported offers: App State, Boston College, Syracuse, USF, Jacksonville, Kansas State, UK, Louisville, Marshall, Michigan, Syracuse, UTSA, UVA)

10. Timothy Brown – Palm Beach Lakes (6-4, 270)

·         Ranking: (8) Brown not only has the size but he is explosive. He can get off the ball quickly and into the backfield. He can be disruptive against both the run and pass. Look for his stock to skyrocket this spring. (Committed to Pittsburgh)


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