There’s an old football saying that the best pass defense is a strong pass rush. It is very hard for a quarterback to complete a pass with a big defensive lineman making a beeline straight to the signal-caller. Even when the quarterback is to throw to early good things happen to the defense.
Is it any wonder why defensive linemen who have the quickness and athleticism to be formidable pass rushers are always at a premium? One such player that has to be accountable on every play is Brandon Mebane (6-1, 260, 4.7) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw.
Mebane was a menace for opposing offensive quarterbacks as a junior. He was unstoppable as he racked up 78 tackles, 19 sacks three fumbles caused and two fumbles recovered. Mebane didn’t know how many tackles or how many times he made the quarterback rush his throw. Based on his 19 sacks, we can be sure there were plenty.
Mebane’s junior season performance was so dominating that he was selected Los Angeles City section’s Defensive Player of the Year. He was co-Defensive Player of the Year for his league and was honored all-area.
Quickness and strength is Mebane’s game. He benches 315 pounds, squats 550 and has recorded a vertical jump of 27 ½-inches.
The scouting report on Mebane is he has a great first-step off the ball that enables him to get into the backfield and cause destruction before a play gets a chance to develop. He possesses fantastic vision, he knows where the football is and he goes and gets it. Coaches loves that Mebane is one of those players who have a non-stop motor.
Mebane has offers from USC, Cal and Oregon. He is getting heavy recruiting action from Arizona, ASU, Washington, UCLA, Kansas and Michigan State. Look these schools and more to be offering Mebane in the future.
What does Mebane want in a school? “I want to go to a school where I’ll get a good degree and it will count for something,” Mebane said. “I also want good coaching. I have a dream of playing in the NFL so getting the best coaching is important. I want to be coached by someone who has a good track record of developing NFL defensive linemen.”
Mebane is already academically qualified and ready to rock and roll.