Name: Adrian Middleton
Position: Defensive Line
Hometown: Bowling Green, KY
Weight: 275 lbs.
A relatively unheralded prospect when he committed to Kentucky in June, Middleton has gradually gained more respect from the scouting community as his senior year wore on.
He was part of a dominant South Warren defense. Right now his size makes him a bit of a tweener, who could play end or tackle in this defense.
Following his offical visit, Middleton said that DL coach Jimmy Brumbaugh told him that UK likes him at defensive end. At 275 pounds he would be a jumbo end but they could be looking to have him slim down or possibly play end in a 3-4 scheme.
Think of Bengals DL Wallace Gilberry, a versatile lineman who contribute at both end and tackle and provides much-needed depth.
If Middleton is truly going to play end in college, expect him to redshirt as a freshman. Not necessarily indicative of his talent, there is a lot more depth at end than at tackle.
Middleton could end up being the gem of this class in a few years. Recruited by Neal Brown and DJ Eliot, Adrain chose Kentucky over Louisville, Indiana and Missouri.
ESPN.com had this to say:
Flashes ability to fire out, uncoil, explode into blockers and knock them back, but needs to watch pad level as it can quickly rise at times. Can use his reach and flashes the ability to jar blockers with a strong initial strike and can quickly shed in time to make play at the line of scrimmage. Hand usage needs to continue to improve and he can lose the ball at times.