The Jets will open their doors for college prospects visits this week and it promises to get off to a big start today. That’s because a pair of highly rated defensive linemen — Baylor DT Phil Taylor (Video Highlights), a 6’3”, 334-pounder, and Temple DL Muhammad Wilkerson (Video Highlights), a 6’4”, 315-pounder — will be at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center.
All NFL teams are permitted to transport and host 30 prospects, but a stipulation allows players who either attend college or live in a club’s metropolitan area to count as free visits. Wilkerson, who played football and basketball at Linden HS, is among three visitors today who will be counted as local.
The safety pair of Jaiquawn Jarrett, another Temple product who played every game of his collegiate career after starring at Fort Hamilton HS in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Joe Lefeged, who averaged 26.7 yards per kickoff return during his Rutgers career, also won’t count against the 30 limit.
Along with Taylor, there will be a trifecta of offensive line out-of-metro visitors: Ray Dominguez, OL, Arkansas, Brandon Fusco, C, Slippery Rock, and Jah Reid, T, Central Florida.
Last season, Dominguez helped the Razorbacks offense produce a 3,000-yard passer and a 1,000-yard rusher together for the first time in Hogs history. He lined up predominantly at RT during his collegiate career, but some believe he’ll be suited better at guard on the next level.
Fusco (6’4”, 306) won the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year award this year and the Division II Rimington award as the nation’s best center. He also was the first player from Slippery Rock to ever earn a Senior Bowl invitation.
The 6’7”, 321-pound Reid has great size and actually got his weight down from the 370 pounds at which he entered school before starting 41 games at RT.
Taylor’s stock seemingly continues to rise by the day. With so many teams playing 3-4 fronts now in the NFL, he has the look of a prototypical nose tackle and he’s going to draw double-team attention. Last season he amassed 62 tackles, seven stops behind the line and two sacks.
Wilkerson, even though he’s listed as a DT, would most likely shift to end and 5-technique in a 3-4 front. He wasn’t contained much at Temple the past two seasons, following up a productive sophomore campaign (61 tackles, 10.5 stops behind the line, seven sacks) with 70 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks as a junior.
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