Duke Defensive End Target Barryn Sorrell Chooses Northwestern


Three-star defensive end Barryn Sorrell announced his college choice, and the 2021 standout chose Northwestern over Duke.

Sorrell, a 6-foot-3, 250 pounder from New Orleans' Holy Cross received offers from Indiana, Boston College, Northwestern and Baylor in a busy three-week stretch in late April and early May. He's rated No. 987 in the class of 2021, according to 247Sports. He's also No. 62 among strong-side defensive ends.

He played both ways for Holy Cross last season, lining up at tight end on offense. His junior year was his first on the defensive side of the ball, after playing on offense only prior to that.

It's on defense, however, where he excites college coaches. His combination of size and speed allows him to line up both inside and outside on the defensive line. He could easily bulk up and play at a tackle or nose guard spot, or he could utilize his quick first step and speed of pursuit to be an edge rusher, either from defensive end or even linebacker.

Sorrell can bull through defensive lines or get around offensive tackles to create havoc in the backfield. His quick change of direction and pursuit ability allows him to also contribute against the run, even if it is run to the side of the line opposite him. With just one year at end under his belt, he's still learning the position and should get more effective as he continues to master pass rush techniques.

Duke currently has one defensive end--Aaron Hall--and six defensive players in its six-man class of 2021.