Recruit watch: The highest-ranked defensive linemen still considering SEC schools

SEC defensive line recruiting, Michael Thompson top prospect

Despite numerous high-profile defensive linemen signing in December’s early signing period, there are still a handful of touted d-linemen in the SEC recruiting footprint who have yet to make a college decision.

Here is a look at the five highest-rated defensive line prospects still considering SEC schools with National Signing Day less than two weeks away.

DT Michael Thompson

The particulars: Thompson (6 feet 3, 291 pounds) is a four-star prospect from St. Louis Parkway North.
The skinny: Thompson (pictured above) is one of the top five tackles nationally and a top-75 prospect overall. He is down to Missouri and Oklahoma. Thompson visited the Sooners on January 19; his official visit to Mizzou was December 9. The state of Missouri rarely produces guys who are true national recruits, but Thompson fits that mold. Missouri must keep this kind of recruit at home, and it would be a coup if Barry Odom indeed gets Thompson’s signature.

DT Rick Sandidge

The particulars: Sandidge (6-5, 288 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Concord (N.C.) High.
The skinny: A top-15 defensive tackle in the country, Sandidge also is a top-150 prospect overall. It appears he is down to a final three of Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Sandidge visited Georgia on January 12, UNC on January 19 and is scheduled to be at South Carolina this weekend. Many feel South Carolina is the team to beat for Sandidge – who is from the Charlotte area – and that would be a huge recruiting win for Will Muschamp.

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DE Joseph Ossai

The particulars: Ossai (6-4, 220 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Conroe (Texas) Oak Ridge.
The skinny: Ossai, who is from the Houston suburbs, is a national top-200 prospect. It appears his decision will come down to Texas and Texas A&M. Ossai visited Notre Dame in early September, but the Irish appear to be out of it. His official visit to Texas came on October 6 and his official to College Station on November 3 – before the coaching change. One aspect about the Aggies’ coaching change: The only holdover on A&M’s staff is defensive ends coach Terry Price. Texas has cleaned up in-state this cycle, and getting Ossai would further the Longhorns’ in-state dominance. That makes it even more important that the Aggies sign Ossai.

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