There might no be more physically impressive football player in the class of 2016 than Kendell Jones. From a physical standpoint, he could plug into a college defense this week.
There are not many immediate contributors at defensive tackle as freshman, but it would be surprising if Jones wasn’t one of them. He has the chance to play early in his career and eat up a ton of double teams along the way.
Jones shows surprising athleticism for a player his size. He moves well for a big man. He’s already built to play defensive tackle at the college level. His length is special for an interior defensive lineman. He just needs to continue to get stronger and does not have to worry about adding weight.
Despite his height, Jones plays with solid pad level. The only time that gets away from him is when he tries to quick swim off the snap, which is an effective move for him but something that he can’t fall in love too much with.
He is displaying more consistency in his explosiveness off the snap as a junior. He’s so strong at the point of attack and has developed a much stronger punch. He can bully centers if they try to block him one on one. He can eat up double teams and does an outstanding job of turning his shoulders and not exposing his chest. That’s an advanced skill for a player at his age. Sometimes he hops into it instead of taking a power step up field, but that can be corrected.
Might not ever be a dynamic pass rusher, but can push the pocket and has the length to disrupt passing lanes. Once he develops pass rushing moves and counters he is going to be someone that commands double teams on passing plays as well.
His best fit is as a zero technique in a 3-4 defense, but he easily could play the one technique in a 4-3 as well.
Jones is in the same category as former Texas standouts Shaun Rogers and Casey Hampton. He can be a stud in the middle of someone’s defensive line and a difference maker versus the run. His stats may never be that huge at the college level, but he has All-American potential.
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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.