Columbus NFTC: Defensive Preview
Da'Shawn Hand
Da'Shawn Hand
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted May 31, 2013

The nation's top defender along with several commits and a number of others with BCS offers will be in Columbus on Sunday along with many notable underclassmen in what should be a star-studded event.

Defensive Line

Five-star defensive end and the nation's number two player, Woodbridge (Va.) class of 2014 product Da'Shawn Hand leads the way in what should be a loaded group of defensive linemen.

He will be joined by several committed players. Four-star defensive tackle Craig Evans (Sun Prairie, Wisc.) is currently committed to Wisconsin, but still keep the door open to other schools. Lombard (Ill.) Montini's active, hard charging Dylan Thompson had a good showing in Chicago. Shaker Heights (Ohio) pass rusher Joe Henderson just committed to Tennessee this week and will be one of several future Vols. Lloyd Tubman of Louisville (Ky.) Seneca is committed to Vanderbilt. Kenny Finley, a quick, disruptive interior guy from Muskegon (Mich.) is committed to Western Michigan. Detroit Cass Tech pass rusher Brian Sanders is committed to Bowling Green.

Several top Ohio linemen with major offers will be in attendance: Trotwood-Madison's Verondtae Wilkinson, Clayton Northmonth's Terry Ramsey and Shaker Heights' Jamarez Bowen. Summit Country Day's Michael Barwick is nearing a commitment and holds a number of offers. St. Louis (Mo.) Lutheran North's long, athletic Renell Wren holds six offers.

Indiana products Kevin Willis (Lawrence Central) and Junior Berry (Terre Haute South) both have FBS offers. Jake Khoury (Traverse City St. Francis) and Chris Hendricks (Fruitport) are two Michigan natives who both have offers. Sylvania (Ohio) Southview end Ryan Stout has a few offers and Forest Hills (Mich.) Northern end Jacob Howe does not have any offers yet, but is a talented kid who is looking to add them.

There is an excellent group of underclassmen on the defensive line. Manassas (Va.) Jackson's Tim Settle should end up as one of the top prospects in the nation and the 6'3, 305-pound defensive tackle has an impressive list of offers to back that up. Cretin Derham Hall (Minn.) hybrid rush end Jashon Cornell has 21 offers to his name and his quickness and athleticism is always tough for offensive linemen to deal with. Garrett Williams of First Academy in Florida is another with major early offers and will likely end up rated among the best in the country.

Warren Harding's Danish exchange student Hjalte Froholdt (6'5, 275) has quickly added offers over the last few weeks and will be joined by teammates Javon Provitt and James Daniels, who both also have early offers. Daniels, a center, is listed with the defense for this camp.


A number of future Big Ten backers will compete against each other and give us a glimpse into the future. Ohio State commits Kyle Berger (Cleveland St. Ignatius) and Dante Booker (Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's) will compete against Michigan commit Michael Ferns (St. Clairsville), Michigan State commits Chris Frey Jr (Upper Arlington) and Deon Drake (Detroit Cass Tech) and future Penn State Nittany Lion Jared Wangler (Warren De La Salle).

Lawrence Central (Ind.) four-star Brandon Lee has an impressive offer list to date, including Oregon, Kentucky, Michigan State, Louisville and others. Cincinnati (Ohio) Sycamore's Tinashe Bere is committed to Duke and Springfield (Ohio) product Davonte James is a kid who may add more offers this summer.

Detroit Cass Tech's William White is committed to Toledo, while teammate Gary Hosey has offers but is also being recruited as a running back-fullback. Detroit Catholic Central's Dylan Roney has a few MAC offers. Lapeer (Mich.) East's Kyle Rachwal is a sure handed tight end who has an Eastern Michigan offer as a linbeacker. Canton (Ohio) McKinley's Jamal Davis has a few offers as well as Bryce Grauss, who is heading up from Georgia with two offers.

We will also be watching D'Marcus Moon (Ft. Wayne North Side, Ind.), Charlie Yost (Livonia Churchill, Mich,), Preston Pelham (Tecumseh, Mich.) and Alex Hamilton (Anchor Bay, Mich.), who all are without offers, but have colleges looking closely at them.

As for the underclassmen, Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic's Chris Green is off to a fast start in his recruitment as is Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville's Matthew Draper. Jake Cooper is a Pennsylvania native with an early Temple offer and Indianapolis (Ind.) Park Tudor's Darrin Kirkland picked up his first offer from Akron this week.


Tennessee's future secondary will be in attendance as four-star cornerback D'Andre Payne (Friendship Collegiate, DC), Vic Wharton (Nashville Independence, Tenn.) and Todd Kelly Jr. (Webb School, Tenn.) are all future Volunteers who will be at the camp.

Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech's Damon Webb is a highly ranked Ohio State commit who will be joined by fellow four-stars Mike Edwards (Winton Woods, Ohio) and Darius West (Lima Central Catholic, Ohio), who are both uncommitted, but hold double digit offers. Finus Stribling (Nashville Independence, Tenn.) is committed to Missouri. Alonzo Saxton (Columbus Bishop Hartley, Ohio) is headed to Duke.

Raymond Wingo (St. Louis, Mo.) is into the double digits as far as offers. Donovan Clark (Ft. Wayne South Side, Ind.) has a handful of offers and has more BCS schools looking his way. Edwarsville (Ill.) speedster Craig James has added offers quickly since the spring months. Drue Tranquill (Ft. Wayne Carroll, Ind.) is a kid with a couple of offers who we are shocked does not have more. Additional ones are expected after June's camps.

Antoine Stone (Bedford, Ohio), Elijah Zeise (North Allegheny, Pa.), Dillon Dixon (U of D Jesuit, Mich.), Tre Tarpley (Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Pa.), Aaron Bushner (Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's, Ohio) and Tim Cason (Clarkston, Mich.) all have Division-1 offers to their name. Robert Williams of Indianapolis Pike is a kid who has surprised some during the spring and has another chance to put himself on the radar this weekend.

As for the underclassmen, Jordan Whitehead (Monaca Valley, Pa.) has offers from Penn State and Rutgers already. Kareem Ali Jr. (Timber Creek, NJ) has six offers, including Clemson, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia and others. Tyree Kinnel (Huber Heights Wayne, Ohio) is a nice sized kid with Arkansas and Kentucky offers. Two other Ohio produts, speedy Tymeon Ollison (Akron Buchtel) and Kei Beckham (Trotwood Madison) also have early offers.

Related Stories
Columbus NFTC: Story Central
 -by  Jun 4, 2013
NFTC Columbus: MVPs and Opening Invites
 -by  Jun 2, 2013
VIDEO: GBW's NFTC Columbus Recap
 -by  Jun 2, 2013

Get the 2014 Recruiting Yearbook with an annual Total Access Pass
Sign Up Today!

Upgrade Now!
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
DE Jashon Cornell (profile)
DT Da'Shawn Hand (profile)
DT Tim Settle (profile)
DL Dylan Thompson (profile)
[View My HotList]