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February 18, 2012

Defensive Line field is strong in 2013

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We continue the evaluation of the Class of 2013, with a look at the defensive linemen from Florida and how they stack up. In the past, Florida has produced some quality defensive line play and 2012 was no different. This upcoming season will see several impact players on the interior of the defensive line.

Top 2013 defensive linemen

Caleb Brantley
Defensive Tackle
6-foot-3 |285 | Crescent City
Buzz: Brantley was the first of the class of 2013 defensive linemen to commit, announcing early that he was verbally committed to Florida. That hasn't stopped the offers from coming for the defensive tackle, ranked No. 82 overall in the Rivals100. Brantley plays for a small school but has big-time potential. Growing up just down the road from Gainesville didn't hurt the Gators' chances of landing the Putnam County native.
Schools in the mix:verbally committed to Florida (Jan. 28, 2012).
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Jaynard Bostwick
Defensive Tackle
6-foot-4 |275 | Centennial (Port St. Lucie West)
Buzz: Ranked No. 85 overall in the Rivals100Bostwick has been the anchor for the Centennial defensive line since his freshman season. That's when college coaches took notice. Look for more offers to come rolling in during the summer. Add Oklahoma to the list of offers that Bostwick is receiving. The Sooners offered him last week.Nee's Notes: "Bostwick is surprisingly quick for a big-bodied athlete. He does a good job off the snap, exploding out of his stance and advancing forward."
Schools in the mix: Miami, Cincinnati, Georgia, Oregon, Florida State (15 total).
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Deadrin Senat
Defensive tackle
6-foot-1| 311 | Immokalee
Buzz: Senat may not have the rankings of Brantley and Bostwick, but the Immokalee junior was awarded four stars after a stellar performance at the US Army Junior Combines - earning a second-team defensive line slot. Senat verbally committed to Florida State earlier this month, but says he'll still take some visits. He expects to play early once arriving.
Schools in the mix:Verbally committed to Florida State (February 6, 2012)
Derrick Calloway
Defensive tackle
6-foot-1 |302 | Manatee (Bradenton)
Buzz: Calloway played an integral part in the Manatee state championship run of 2011 and wants another shot at the title. He is the fourth four-star defensive lineman in Florida - which shows you how good the position is in the sunshine state.
Schools in the mix: Iowa State, West Virginia, Boston College, Miami, Texas A&M (8 total)
Keith Bryant
Defensive tackle
6-foot-2 | 292 | Atlantic Community (Delray Beach)
Buzz: Bryant has already announced he will attend the University of Miami - after a strong showing at the Under Armour Junior Combine and a visit to the Coral Gables campus for Junior days. Bryant looks to add to the Miami legacy of athletic defensive tackles. He's quick off the ball and has the size to be an agile attack point.
Schools in the mix:verbally committed to University of Miami (Jan. 14, 2012)
Others in the mix:

Maquedius Bain, Fort Lauderdale University School
Kennard Swanson, Lakeland Lake Gibson
Jerrol Mobley, Hialeah
Aaron Thomas, Miami Carol City
Jordan Hawkins, Jacksonville Wolfson
Kingsley Opara, Jacksonville Mandarin
Monty Nelson, Plantation
Kyle Shortridge, DT, Loxahatchee Seminole Ridge



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