The reason they say the SEC is a line of scrimmage league is because dudes likes Julian Rochester play in it. He’s the typical SEC defensive lineman. Big, strong, and can run.
Rochester has the raw tools to develop into a big time disruptive presence at defensive tackle when he gets to the college level.
He has an NFL frame with ideal length for a defensive lineman. He should easily weigh over 300 pounds while he is in college. He shows outstanding quickness for a player his size as well.
Rochester has a great understanding of how to fight against blocks. He reacts naturally to what kind of look the offensive lineman is giving him and because of that does a great job of not getting reach blocked and staying strong at the point of attack. He does an outstanding job of using his hands to shed blocks to pursue the football.
He plays end the majority of the time for McEachern High and is athletic enough to play the position at the prep level. His quickness off the ball and pad level is great for a player his size and height. This helps him always get into the opponents’ backfield where he finishes plays. He has the strength to grab ball carriers with one hand and bring them in before wrapping up and I love how he hustles to the football.
He’s able to convert speed to power as a pass rusher and uses leverage well to beat his man. He relies a bit too much on an arm-over swim move right now, but once he develops more moves and counters, he has the quickness to be an awesome interior pass rusher.
His best fit is likely as a three technique defensive tackle or a five technique end in a 3-4.
Rochester has the potential to be a special player at the college level and an early contributor. He’s physically talented enough to compete right now and is advanced in his technique compared to a lot of other players his age. He should be a starter for multiple seasons.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach). In addition to here, he breaks down Virginia Tech recruits for 247Sports’ VTscoop.com, Notre Dame recruits for SB Nation’s One Foot Down, and is the recruiting editor for SB Nation’s Pac-12 blog, Pacific Takes. Jamie is also the former Sr. Editor, Digital Content and News for theScore.com.