Commit fit: Defensive end
Sometimes it’s not always the highest-rated prospects that fit the best with the school of their choice. In this series we call Commit Fit, Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell picks five players at each position he thinks fit seamlessly into the schemes at the schools they’ve chosen.
Today we look at the defensive line.
A big, powerful rush end with a great work ethic and motor? That’s Epenesa, who will fit right in with the defensive scheme at Iowa and lead by example. He has the perfect mentality to become a leader and team captain for the Hawkeyes down the road.
Quick and athletic defensive ends tend to flourish in FSU’s system, at least in past years, and Kaindoh will not be asked to take over immediately so he can add some strength and size. With Brian Burns and Josh Sweat expected to do big things this season, Kaindoh can start off as a situational pass rusher.
Young has a non-stop motor, can get skinny when he wants to but also has sneaky power. He’s quick off the snap and fits in well with the skill set of recent pass rushers at Ohio State with the last name Bosa. He won’t be asked to carry the load right away but should impact early and learn from some good ones.
Phillips is a freak of nature, a massive end who moves like a linebacker. He doesn’t really know how to be a down lineman right now but is too athletic to keep off the field. With UCLA dying for an outside edge rusher, he is walking into a great situation.
Michigan has talent along the defensive line, but Vilain is a true seven technique edge rusher who is long and fast off the snap and will bring outside pressure early. He reminds me a little bit of Harold Landry at Boston College, who excelled in defensive coordinator Don Brown’s scheme.