July 13, 2011

Louisiana Tackle Likes Houston

The Houston Cougars made the switch to the 3-4 defense last season in an effort to overcome the lack of quality defensive linemen that are available in recruiting these days.

It hasn't stopped them from targeting some of the top linemen that do exist to fill their needs in the new defense.

One player the Cougars are hoping to possibly fill that need is Destrehan, Louisiana defensive tackle . CougarsDen recently caught up with the talented defensive lineman to talk about his recruitment and his thoughts on Houston.

"Recruiting has really picked up a lot," the 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive tackle said. "I hope it keeps growing but so far it's good."

Charles made the short trip over to Houston for the Nike Football Training Camp and caught a glimpse of the Houston campus.

"The camp was a good experience for me, I like Houston and their one of my top choices, definitely in my top five," he said.

Charles is being recruited by coach Jason Phillips who made the trip to Louisiana this spring to catch a few of the defensive tackle's practices.

"Coach Phillips came to see some of my practices during the spring and he said he really liked me," the three-star defensive tackle said. "We talked a lot during practice and I feel like he's a really good coach, he told me I could come in right away and compete for a starting spot."

Charles would be an ideal fit for the Cougars 3-4 defense with his size and experience as he is no stranger to the 3-4.

"We actually run a 3-4 defense in high school," he said, "I really like playing in the 3-4."

Distance doesn't appear to be an issue for Charles and Houston could be just the right distance away from home.

"I'm trying to get far away from home," the talented defensive lineman said, "I've been here in Louisiana all my life."

If Houston is able to land Charles, they will also most likely land his teammate, 6-foot-4, 250-pound strongside defensive end, [db]Bryan Singleton.

"We both decided that we want to go to college together and play on the same team," Charles told CougarsDen when asked about the possibility of the two players being a package deal.

In a season in which Charles was limited by an injury the talented three-star defensive tackle finished the year with 30 tackles and a fumble recovery earning himself a second team All-District 6-5A nod.

Rivals.com rates Charles as the No.44 defensive tackle in the country.

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