Rams land DE/OLB commit David Porter, who tries to recruit WR

David Porter. Credit: 247 Sports.

Welcome David Porter to your family, Ram Nation.

On Tuesday evening, Porter of Little Rock, Ark., tweeted he has decided to commit to the Colorado State Rams and be a part of “RAMPAGE17.”

With Kevin Davis leaving the program due his upcoming graduation, the Rams needed to add depth to the outside linebacker position, even if true freshman Arjay Jean performed well in 2016.

Simply, in today’s age of football, a team can’t have enough edge rushers. Porter will be a phenomenal one, if his highlight tape holds true; and he’s not just an edge-rusher, but can attack from the inside, at times, too.

Watching that tape, Porter looks like a man playing with boys. He possesses an explosive first step, getting himself into the backfield quickly. Porter runs downhill at his target, earning tackles for a loss. On passing downs, he can either power through an offensive lineman or utilize his agility to dodge them and get into the backfield to disrupt the timing and move the quarterback off his spot. Porter also has enough speed to rush around the end, using a sweet swim move at times, to get to the quarterback.

What stands out immediately is Porter’s power. He stays down well, utilizing leverage to blow through a blocker and then tackles with ferocity. There’s a little bit of nastiness in Porter’s play, which is desirable on the defensive side of the ball.

Porter hails from Joe T. Robinson High School in Little Rock, and stands 6’3″ and 230 pounds, according to Scout.com. He’s a 3-star defensive end/outside linebacker, filling another area of need well for Colorado State.

Rams head coach Mike Bobo is an offensive-minded man, but he’s not focused just on improving the offensive side of the ball.

Five days ago, Bobo’s Rams landed Livingston Paogofie, a 6’2″ 250-pound defensive tackle from Bowie High School in Arlington, TX. And, with those two, at least 10 of “RAMPAGE17” will suit up for Marty English’s defense, at all three levels of the unit.

There are five defensive linemen, including Windsor High School product Corte Tapia. Two more are linebackers and there are at least three defensive backs in the mix, with ATH Marquese Taylor possibly joining the defensive backfield, too. His junior year highlight tape shows great speed, shiftiness as well as an ability to play center fielder and pick off passes.

Speaking of recruiting, Mike Bobo and Will Friend, his offensive coordinator, visited two high school teammates and Rams recruits in Luis Lebron and Sincere David, yesterday.

And, one more recruiting note: Wide receiver Warren Jackson decided to de-commit from Arizona yesterday. He officially visited Colorado State last weekend. Could he flip and become a Rams receiver?

Porter wants him in Fort Collins:

Jackson’s a 3-star receiver out of Mission Hills, CA, who stands at 6’5″ and 190 pounds. He’s a “go up and get it” type of receiver who can catch the deep bomb over shorter defensive backs. His athleticism is stellar and he’s been offered by CSU, CU, New Mexico, Washington State among others.

With National Signing Day one week away, Rams fans are anticipating a huge 2017 class to be delivered by Bobo and his coaching staff. Currently, 247sports.com has CSU ranked No. 62 overall, the second-best G5 team in the nation, behind only Memphis.

National Signing Day is Wednesday, Feb. 1 and Bobo will hold his annual press conference that afternoon, discussing all his new recruits.

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