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Vol Target Profiles: Defensive Line

Chidi Okonya

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 11.16.19 PMDefensive End – 2016 Class
6-6, 235 pounds
Riverdale, Ga. (Riverdale)

Other Top offers
Clemson, Ole Miss, Stanford, Duke

Okonya named the Vols in his top five in early May along with Clemson, Stanford, Ole Miss and Duke before officially committing to the Vol on May 15. 


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 How He Fits

Okonya has a massive frame that gives him an advantage against shorter offensive linemen. He has the long arms to keep O-linemen from engaging him and can bat down passes and disrupt throwing lanes. He’s a little bit in the mold of former South Carolina defensive end Devin Taylor, who now plays for the Detroit Lions.

He needs to fill out his frame a bit and he can be considered somewhat of a developmental prospect, but the Vols, for once, are feeling great about what they have on the defensive line for the next couple years and can afford to give a player like Okonya some time to develop.


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