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Now that the Five-Star Showcases are complete it's time to
look at the top performers at each defensive position
regardless of academic grade. NUC National Analyst Barry Every breaks down his
Top5 performers at each position based on accomplishments and potential.
Highlight video, game film, and current offers were not taken into
consideration for this article. Only in person evaluation at the Five-Star
showcases were used for these rankings. Below each player's high school, actual
size, grad year, and camp location are indicated along with a quick quote on
Brown, Indian River, VA, 6-3-1/2, 285 (2014) - East
He is that rare hybrid defensive end/defensive
Summers, Springfield, TN, 6-1, 268 (2013) - South
Summers' was the strongest lineman at the point of
attack I saw this year.
Thomas, Gulliver Prep, FL, 6-1, 233 (2013) - Florida
Thomas comes off the ball like his hair is on fire.
Taylor, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, OH, 6-5, 214 (2014) - Midwest
Taylor may have had the quickest get off that I saw
Cooper, Julian, IN, 6-5-1/2 (2013) - Central
Cooper has the ideal length and speed to be a pure
pass rusher at the next level.
Just Missed: Nathaniel Obinwa, Olympia, FL (2013) - Florida; Thomas Plonski, Brooklyn Tech,
NY (2013) - East; Gelen Robinson, Lake Central, IN (2014) - Central; John
Stepec, Lake Catholic, OH (2013) - Midwest.
Clark, Chaminade, FL, 6-1-1/2, 305 (2014) - Florida
Clark has the ideal girth and hand placement to play
nose guard at the highest level.
Jenkins, St. Anthony's, NJ, 6-1-1/2, 319 (2014) - East
Jenkins proved powerful at the point of attack and
played with great pad level.
Hyde, Clay County, KY, 6-2, 339 (2013) - Midwest
You can't move this behemoth nose guard off the ball.
Salmon, Plant City, FL, 6-0-1/2, 277 (2013) - Florida
Salmon is powerful and very quick at the point of
Fields, Pine Creek, CO, 6-2, 260 (2013) - West
He is strong, strong, strong, and tough as an ox.
Just Missed: Logan
Dziak, Buckeye Valley, OH (2014) - Midwest; Donovan McCray, McKinley, LA (2013)
Walker, Jr., Monsignor Pace, FL, 6-1, 204 (2013) - Florida
He covered backs like a corner with hips on a swivel
and a balanced backpedal.
Williams, St. Paul's, AL, 6-2, 224 (2014) - South
Williams proved physical at the line of scrimmage
with excellent lateral movement.
Akem, Broken Arrow, OK, 6-2, 211 (2014) - Southwest
When this linebacker rides out he is moving like a
Sheppard, Iona Prep, NY, 6-1, 202 (2013) - East
Sheppard has excellent cover skills and a frame that
can add serious muscle mass.
Newman, Battlefield, VA, 6-3, 192 (2013) - East
His length allows him to make plays on the ball.
Just Missed: Justin
Bridges-Thompson, Spartanburg, SC (2013) - South; Christian Cole, McDonough, MD
(2013) - East; Derek Ibekwe, Lamar Consolidated, TX (2014) - Southwest; Gus
Madden, Ross, OH (2013) - Midwest.
Blanding, Bayside, VA, 6-2, 192 (2014) - East
His size and physicality are second to none.
Fisher, Manchester, VA, 6-0-1/2, 198 (2013) - East
Fisher has the build of an outside linebacker with
Gourdine, Farmington, MI, 6-2, 192 (2013) - Midwest
He continues to get bigger and faster making him one
of the hottest prospects in the Midwest.
Weatherspoon, Natchez, MS, 6-1-1/2, 186 (2013) - Southeast
Weatherspoon knows how to take receiver off their
intended routes and he has soft hands.
Derouen, Gueydan, LA, 5-11-1/2, 178 (2013) - Southeast
He is athletic enough to play corner.
Just Missed: Barry
Higdon, Northeast, FL (2013) - South
Whitehead, BT Washington, GA, 5-9, 170 (2013) - South
He proved a great technician and physical at the line
McClain, Winter Park, FL, 5-10-1/2, 180 (2013) - Florida
He has the ideal size and strength to combat larger
Awuzie, Oak Grove, CA, 5-11, 175 (2013) - West
Awuzie has the coveted size and ball skills college
coaches are looking for.
Thompson, Voise Academy, IL, 5-9, 179 (2014) - Central
This guy is a go getter that has hips on a swivel.
Peart, Erasmus Hall, NY, 5-9, 162 (2014) - East
Peart has hips on a swivel and great recovery speed.
Just Missed: Evrett
Edwards, Woodbridge, NJ (2013) - East; Sanchez Lofton, Vanguard, FL (2013) -
Florida; Cre Moore, Broken Arrow, OK (2013) - Southwest; Jaylen Myrick,
Savannah Christian, GA (2013) - South; Justin Strong, Summit, CA (2013) - West