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  • South Florida '18- The DTs

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    There are only so many great defensive tackles walking this Earth. It’s just rare to find someone with the combination of size, athletic ability and toughness necessary to play the position at a high level. With that caveat, Miami has done a good job of cherry-picking local DTs with those kind of traits. It was Moten in 2014, McIntosh in 2015 and Jon Ford in 2017. This year, Miami has already has a commit from the alpha of the region in Nesta Silvera. The rest of the group consists of upside guys. It is not uncommon to see DTs emerge as seniors so it’s worth tracking their progress.

    Nesta Silvera- 6’2, 307, 5.36* (American Heritage)- Nose tackle who combines bully mentality with freakish strength. Blocked multiple kicks because of first step and motor. Needs to rein it in a bit off the field but you love his edge and confidence.



    Davontae McCrae- 6’3, 250, 5.25* (Northwestern)- Raw but naturally gifted Jackson transfer who is poised for a breakout year. Long arms and solid quickness (4.69 shuttle). Good finisher once he gets to the ballcarrier. Also plays left tackle.



    Jason Mercier- 6’4, 236, 5.14* (Boynton Beach)- Rangy, productive athlete who plays inside and outside for Lamar Jackson’s old high school. Projects as either a big DE or a 3-technique depending on how he grows. High-motor player with the speed to chase plays down from weakside. Very good length. Already holds multiple ACC offers.

    https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5333021...752008cc59c62b

    Jarrett Jackson- 6’5, 257* (Palm Beach Gardens)- Jumbo athlete who has been impressing in the off-season circuit as a TE. Highly athletic but more of a reactor than a disruptor on defense. Would like to see him play with more pop as a senior. High upside if he can put it together.

    Mid Season - Jarrett Jackson highlights - Hudl

    Desmond Pete- 6’2, 260 (Blanche Ely)- One of the more underrated players in the area. Always the first guy off the ball. Squatty frame with long arms. Disruptive. Missed some time as a junior and could generate buzz once he puts more tape together. This is the kind of player who goes to FAU and gives us fits.

    https://www.hudl.com/video/3/8024803...8ec51b18091fa7

    Aaron Morgan- 6’4, 240, 4.97* (Hallandale)- Another potential breakout candidate if he puts together a full season of tape. A bit upright but plays with a high motor and can run.

    More to come ✊🏽💪🏾 - Aaron Morgan highlights - Hudl

    Brian Bureau- 6’2, 310 (Atlantic)- Small-school All-State selection with very good strength. Like his old teammate Marquis Waters (now at Duke), Bureau transferred to Atlantic to prove he can hang with top competition. Marginal athlete but has some coordination.

    RoadBlock.74 - Brian Bureau highlights - Hudl

    Dejmi Dumervil- Jean- 6’5, 367, 6.28* (St. Thomas)- Massive widebody who projects as a Terrance Cody-type clogger. Cousin of Elvis Dumervil. Also plays OL.

    http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4068689/...75210db495fcbd
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    Comments 16 Comments
    1. LuCane's Avatar
      LuCane -
      I'd keep an eye on Aaron Morgan. Unlikely for the Canes, but could turn out to be a player in college if someone teaches him how to lift weights, eat and drop his base at the snap. Raw athlete who looks like he can play 3T in a one-gap scheme.
    1. Liberty City El's Avatar
      Liberty City El -
      LuCane said: View Post
      I'd keep an eye on Aaron Morgan. Unlikely for the Canes, but could turn out to be a player in college if someone teaches him how to lift weights, eat and drop his base at the snap. Raw athlete who looks like he can play 3T in a one-gap scheme.
      We agree, this was from back in Feb https://www.canesinsight.com/thread/...t=Aaron+Morgan
    1. LuCane's Avatar
      LuCane -
      Liberty City El said: View Post
      LuCane said: View Post
      I'd keep an eye on Aaron Morgan. Unlikely for the Canes, but could turn out to be a player in college if someone teaches him how to lift weights, eat and drop his base at the snap. Raw athlete who looks like he can play 3T in a one-gap scheme.
      We agree, this was from back in Feb https://www.canesinsight.com/thread/...t=Aaron+Morgan
      Nice. To be clear, think there are likely way too many variables for him to be a player we take a risk on. Doesn't mean he can't be a relatively interesting prospect who finds a spot in D1. A lot of the stuff he looks like he struggles with can be corrected. One thing he seems deficient in is lateral ability. Didn't see him move as well as I'd like for a 3T, which is different than what you would have seen in RJ Mcintosh's HS film.
    1. dycane's Avatar
      dycane -
      I like Jackson. Think he makes a move up this year.
    1. DMoney's Avatar
      DMoney -
      dycane said: View Post
      I like Jackson. Think he makes a move up this year.
      dy,
      Have you watched Jackson live? If so, what were your impressions of him?

      I've only seen him in camp settings and on his HUDL. He strikes me as a high-ceiling athlete but I can't figure out if his heart is in defense. The potential is clearly there.
    1. brcane1's Avatar
      brcane1 -
      What level of offers does the Dumervil-Jean kid look to get?
    1. mianjomar's Avatar
      mianjomar -
      Is the Mercier kid related to Richard who played OL well here a number of years ago.
    1. nvlahos's Avatar
      nvlahos -
      D$, out of everyone listed, who do you think is UM caliber?
    1. dycane's Avatar
      dycane -
      DMoney said: View Post
      dycane said: View Post
      I like Jackson. Think he makes a move up this year.
      dy,
      Have you watched Jackson live? If so, what were your impressions of him?

      I've only seen him in camp settings and on his HUDL. He strikes me as a high-ceiling athlete but I can't figure out if his heart is in defense. The potential is clearly there.
      Yes. Met him a few times, too. He's a young buck just getting his bearings. But he's got a frame on him, athleticism and does love football. He thinks a little too much, partly because he's not being coached to attack. And he also plays both ways, so there's a fatigue factor. He could use some focused coaching from someone who has taught linemen before.
    1. DMoney's Avatar
      DMoney -
      mianjomar said: View Post
      Is the Mercier kid related to Richard who played OL well here a number of years ago.
      Don't know but I doubt it.

      nvlahos said: View Post
      D$, out of everyone listed, who do you think is UM caliber?
      Silvera for now, but linemen are often late bloomers. Several guys on this list have intriguing upside, so who knows what happens senior year?
    1. DMoney's Avatar
      DMoney -
      brcane1 said: View Post
      What level of offers does the Dumervil-Jean kid look to get?
      He claims offers from Oregon, Louisville and Syracuse.
    1. CANESRUSX5's Avatar
      CANESRUSX5 -
      i'm digging devonta mccrae's vid-looks like he could break out this year & be a gooden. may have to keep this 1 close.
    1. SwagUniversity's Avatar
      SwagUniversity -
      It feels like there's a considerable drop off after Nesta. Glad we got him in the fold early.
    1. FlipT's Avatar
      FlipT -
      Desmond Pete would be tough to block after a redshirt with that first step of his.
    1. DMoney's Avatar
      DMoney -
      Looks like Aaron Morgan transferred to Carol City. Got a sack in the spring game.

      https://www.hudl.com/video/3/7868073...6bea1018e39ce2