Pros and Cons for 4-Star DT Derrick Nnadi's Top Schools

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst INovember 14, 2013

Pros and Cons for 4-Star DT Derrick Nnadi's Top Schools

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    Derrick Nnadi is a defensive tackle from Virginia who is great against the run. He plays with good leverage by using his 6'1", 305-pound frame to get underneath an offensive lineman's pads.

    He has great strength at the point of attack, where he displays impressive toughness. The 4-star recruit projects to be a starting-caliber defensive tackle in college. With so many schools after him, he has narrowed his list to four, per Michael Clark of

    Nnadi must sit down and carefully look at each finalist.

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals247Sports and ESPNU.

Florida State

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    Florida State has an outstanding history of winning. The Seminoles have recruited fantastically under head coach Jimbo Fisher, so Nnadi would be surrounded by terrific talent.

    The program has passionate fans who support the team through thick and thin. Nnadi would also play in a ton of big games, plus he'd get great national exposure.



    Florida State doesn't have many cons for Nnadi; however, he may not play right away. 

Penn State

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    Nnadi appears to have a great relationship with Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson, per Clark's report. Johnson is a great recruiter who also has developed several great defensive tackles during his time in Happy Valley.

    Nnadi would not be far from home at PSU, plus he could earn significant playing time as a true freshman. 



    The Nittany Lions are traditionally a solid program, but they are behind Big Ten foes Ohio State and Michigan, among others. Head coach Bill O'Brien could bolt for an NFL job before Nnadi graduates.

Ohio State

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    Head coach Urban Meyer is one of the best in the business. He's a proven winner who has the Buckeyes back among the elite programs in the nation.

    Meyer is building a roster to compete with SEC teams in big games, and Nnadi would help control the line of scrimmage. The 4-star defensive tackle would be able to play on a talented defense in front of a sea of fans in Columbus.

    Ohio State plays in many big games and wins most of them. 



    Early playing time may be hard to come by for Nnadi at Ohio State. 

Virginia Tech

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    Virginia Tech is not only an in-state school for Nnadi but also is where his father attended college. So he has excellent familiarity with the program.

    He would be able to stay close to home, plus Frank Beamer is not a bad coach to play for. Defensive coordinator Bud Foster is one of the best in the country, so Nnadi would be in excellent hands in Blacksburg.

    The fans are great, and he could play immediately next season.



    Nnadi must decide if he wants to follow in his father's footsteps or blaze his own path somewhere else. Staying close to home is not always the best thing for young adults.

    Virginia Tech is a strong program, but it is not routinely in the hunt to play in elite bowl games. 

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    Nnadi can be tracked through February via the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map!

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.