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Breaking down the best DT classes in 2021

The 2021 class is nearly a wrap, with just a few stragglers left to sign. With that, we are breaking down the best classes at each positions, continuing today with the defensive tackle.

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CLASS OF 2021 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | Position | Team | State

CLASS OF 2022 RANKINGS: Rivals250 | Position | Team | State

COVERAGE: Rivals Transfer Tracker | Rivals Camp Series

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1. ALABAMA

Damon Payne
Damon Payne (Josh Helmholdt / Rivals)

Damon Payne was a huge steal from the state of Michigan and Tim Keenan III cannot be overlooked at all. They will likely be a big part of yet another Alabama championship.

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2. LSU

Maason Smith
Maason Smith (Sam Spiegelman)

While Maason Smith is the only defensive tackle in this class, it doesn’t matter. He’s the No. 1 prospect in this class and one of the most elite tackles I’ve ever seen out of high school.

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3. OHIO STATE

Michael Hall
Michael Hall (Rivals.com)

The Buckeyes have a great duo with different skillsets in Michael Hall and Tyleik Williams. Hall can chase and run things down and Williams stuffs the middle.

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4. MIAMI

Leonard Taylor
Leonard Taylor (Rivals.com)

Leonard Taylor is an athletic and impressive talent and has amazing pass rushing ability while Allan Haye is a big and stout run-stuffer.

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5. PITT

Elliott Donald
Elliott Donald

Elliott Donald has not only great bloodlines as the nephew of Aaron Donald, but he has an impressive skillset as a gap shooter. Dorien Ford is an impressive in-state prospect who will be a monster in the middle.

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