By: Daniel Krywaruczenko @Fball_Analytics, September 16, 2018
Headlining the InstantScouting 2018 Elite Class: FCS – Defensive Lineman is first-team SEC selection Montez Sweat of Mississippi State University.
One of the most feared edge rushers in America, who makes his presence known in the backfield … Coming off a year in which he tied for the SEC lead in sacks and tackles for loss … Teams with Jeffery Simmons to become the first SEC Coaches First-Team duo to return the following year … Elected to return to MSU for his senior year following a dominant debut season and likely to be a high pick in the 2019 NFL Draft … Came to MSU as one of the top junior college pass rushers and played his freshman season at Michigan State … Enrolled at MSU in January 2017.
Position, Name, Class, School, Hometown, Ht & Wt
DL Christian Wilkins, Senior, Clemson, Springfield, MA 6’4″ 315
DT at Clemson had 60 tackles including 9.0 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks earning All-ACC honors.
DL Daniel Wise, Senior, Kansas, Lewisville, TX, 6’3″ 291
DT and team captain at Kansas totaled 53 tackles including 16.0 tackles for loss garnering accolades such as All-Big 12 2nd Team (AP).
DL Ben Banogu, Senior, TCU, McKinney, TX, 6’4″ 249
Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year had 8.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss for TCU.
DL Jaylon Ferguson, Senior, LA Tech, St. Francisville, LA 6’5″ 262
DE had 7.0 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss with a total of 39 tackles at LA Tech earning 1st Team All-Conference USA.
DL Oshane Ximines, Senior, Old Dominion, Ahoskie, NC 6’4″ 255
Defensive end led Old Dominion with 14 tackles for loss earning 1st team all-conference accolades in Conference USA.
DL Malik Reed, Senior, Nevada, Dothan, AL 6’1″ 250
Had 10 tackles for loss including 8.0 sacks at Nevada earning All-MWC First Team as DE.
DL Carl Granderson, Senior, Wyoming, Sacramento, CA 6’5″ 255
DE had 77 total tackles with 16 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks for Wyoming.
DL Montez Sweat, Senior, Miss. State, Stone Mountain, GA 6’6″ 241
Led SEC with 10.5 sacks and earned SEC DL of the Week 3 times.
DL Greg Gaines, Senior, Washington, La Habra, CA 6’2″ 316
322 pound defensive tackle had 5 tackles for loss earning All-PAC 12 2nd Team.
DL Jalen Jelks, Senior, Oregon, Phoenix, AZ 6’6″ 245
All-PAC 12 selection registered 15.0 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks and ranked 5th best against the run according to PFF.
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