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How Good is Denzel Ware?

No that’s not Ron Artest’s little brother.

Defensive End

6’3”, 220 lbs.
Crestview, FL

Rivals: #233 Overall (5.8 rating out of 6.1)
24/7: #44 Overall, #4 Weakside defensive End
Scout: #3 Outside Linebacker

Chose UK Over: Florida State, Clemson, Alabama, Texas, Florida, Georgia Tech, and Ohio State

Twitter: @Juiceman_18


In two words: REAL good. I watched every new defensive lineman’s highlight tape and was thoroughly impressed. I didn’t expect for any of them to be outdone by a new player, then Denzel Ware committed. Ware combines elite athleticism and “smart football” to make for one of the most diverse talents on a defensive line that I have seen.  Jason Hatcher wows you with his athleticism, but even DLine coach Jimmy Brumbaugh said that, “he still needs to be taught the game of football.” This is not the case for Denzel Ware.


Ware is a fundamentally smart football player that lines up anywhere from NoseGuard, to defensive end, to pass-rushing OLB. When his coaches ask him to line up in a 4-point stance and bear crawl, he does it. After crawling through the line, causing a pile up, he doesn’t give up and continues to stalk his prey. In addition to doing some bruisin’ inside, he reads and reacts well with the offensive line. Many defensive ends can be tricked when the ‘mesh’ play occurs between the QB and RB in the backfield. Ware is the smart, disciplined player that follows his keys to make the play.


Coach Brumbaugh talked on Sign Day about the importance of  “actively using your hands as a defensive lineman”. It makes things more difficult for the guy trying to block you, but ‘gettin’ your hands in there’ also creates a disruption for the offense. Ware’s ability to use his hands to swat passes and force fumbles makes him a unique talent. The best defensive lineman in the NFL (J.J. Watt, Jason Pierre-Paul) are the best because they make game-changing plays like that consistently.


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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

13 Comments for How Good is Denzel Ware?

  1. Shelbyracecat
    6:10 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    With this type of player committing early it will only help bring in other top notch players. This could be the class to put us over the top. Waited a long time for something like this to happen. Go Big Blue!!!

  2. Duck Butter
    6:15 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Drew Barker is the ultimate “domino effect” guy we are recruiting. If we get him to commit before summer it will pay huge dividends the rest of the recruiting season.

  3. Very good!
    6:26 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Hope the big programs don’t steal him. Any news on the Tevin Lawson guy? Is he visiting Texas or Louisiana Tech this weekend?

  4. thats budda
    6:35 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    The thing I see is someone who is still a little raw, but he sure looks like a SEC player to me. FAST. Good training and nutrition plus a regimented lifting schedule than lookout. Hope he stays commited to the blue.

  5. Roland
    6:35 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    As UK emerges as recruiting foe for Florida State, Clemson, Alabama, Texas, Florida, Georgia Tech, and Ohio State will give
    something to talk about and post.
    Conversation at those schools goes something like this:
    “You lost this kid to UK? I hate to go all Trump on you, But, YOU are FIRED!

  6. jmfatz47
    7:21 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    He looks a bit like Ron artest!

  7. KT
    7:35 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    WOW. Good get for us. Wish we kicked off tomorrow, sucks we have to wait until August.

  8. Typical Card Fan
    7:57 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Ware is okay but Strong has recruited a lot better players than that.

  9. kramer
    8:38 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    #6 Yes he does look like Ron Artest!!

  10. Big Blue Fan
    8:42 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink


    Yea he visited TCU but his mamma didn’t make the trip with him which is probably good for UK I think she has a big influence. Right now its between UK and TCU even though Okl St and Texas tried to get in on him but he isn’t going to either on them. His mom still wants him to visit LA. Tech before he makes his decision. I personally feel it will be between staying home at La Tech with mom or he will go to UK just by what I have read about his visits with UK and TCU.

  11. Oh
    10:28 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    @10 Thanks. Hope he picks UK…

  12. Sherman
    11:36 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    He looks like Meek Mill.

  13. Coach
    10:17 am February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Actively using your hands does not mean swatting passes. It means using your hands to shed blocks. Most high school lineman know one move and they try to use their raw strength to bull rush the blocker. Experienced linemen use their hands.