Miami, Ole Miss, Missouri, Texas A&M, Ohio State
When Ohio State offered Quay Picou in April, many considered the Buckeyes the clear favorites to sign him. But that was before Butch Jones and the Vols offered the talented defensive tackle prospect. Picou picked up a Tennessee offer in early May and visited campus on June 21st for “Orange Carpet Day” – he committed before leaving Knoxville. Butch Jones is serious about recruiting Georgia extremely hard; that strategy certainly paid off with Picou. Picou remained firm to the Vols throughout the process and signed with Tennessee on National Signing Day.
RTI Average: 3.25-stars
How He Fits
At 285 pounds, Picou carries his weight very well and has room to add additional mass. He has a deceptively quick first step and above average strength. Against the run Picou does an excellent job of disrupting the middle of the line and standing up opposing linemen. Power rushing the quarterback is one of his strengths and he has the tools to add more dimensions to his game. He’s a tough, physical prospect who won’t have any problem embracing a college weight program. All the skills are there for him to grow into an every-down defensive tackle at the next level. Tennessee’s defensive front hasn’t been consistently disruptive in years. Jones has made waves on the recruiting trail in order to change that. Headed into 2015, the Vols won’t have a ton of depth at tackle on the existing roster and Picou, despite being somewhat overshadowed by some of the other incoming defensive linemen, has the playing strength to step in and compete after a few months in UT’s strength and conditioning program.