Justin Mascoll, a weakside defensive end from South Gwinnett, GA, signed with the Clemson Tigers today. Mascoll, at 6’4” 235 lb. is slightly undersized for a defensive end but has extremely good technique for a high school prospect. Mascoll has the athleticism to drop back into coverage in the zone pressure schemes Venables loves, and his wingspan makes him a threat to bat down balls at the line of scrimmage. Mascoll is a high upside, high motor prospect at a position Clemson is already deep at in this signing class. Clemson’s defensive line dominance seems to be in good hands.
Justin Mascoll helps round out one of the top DE end classes in the nation. When Mascoll signed he was the composite number 86 overall player, but has since slid to number 141 overall and the number 9 overall WDE in the player position rankings.
Mascoll is a finished product who will demand immediate playing time like Xavier Thomas, but he gives you a quality developmental prospect with excellent tools with the third DE take of the class. I said at the beginning of the year that DE was a major need for the class (right now I would have it as second with regards to need, with Oline being first and DT third since we keep DLaw for next year). This defensive end class helps restock the cupboard with lots of talent.
Mascoll is 6’4 and 230 pounds. He was recruited by DLine coach Todd Bates (his first major feather in his cap on the recruiting trail) after Hobby laid the initial groundwork. Justin’s strengths are length and athleticism. Really long arms and wingspan. Good speed running sideline to sideline. He will need to add another 10-15 pounds of muscle and keep his speed and athleticism, but he can definitely rush the passer at the college level. Should be able to get to the 250 range without too much trouble. I’m not sure his frame can take much more weight than that though, which is fine for a WDE.
Mascoll emerged as a Sophomore as a big-time recruit, but didn’t have a great junior year and leveled off a bit his senior year. He basically replicated his numbers from his Sophomore year in his Junior year, and then dipped a bit in his senior year numbers slightly, which isn’t what you want to see. That said, Justin plays against good competition in the state of Georgia and his team struggled this year. I definitely want to see his play in the Army All-American game. Mascoll is another quality addition at defensive end with high upside.