Semper Fi Bowl: Top Five Defensive Performers

Day one practice action of the Semper Fidelis Bowl was slow but several started making names for themselves

There was a lot of learning going on during Day One of the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

The Scout team was on hand for the entirety of both hour and a half long practices. Here are our picks for the Top Five performers of Day One..


Faith Ekakitie
Faith Ekakitie - DE - Lake Forest (Ill.) Lake Forest Academy National Analyst Brandon Huffman says, "Ekakitie had the best performance, by far, of anyone on the East Team." The defensive end was constantly in the backfield and played with great intensity. Faith even showed versatility by dropping into coverage several times, and he looked surprisingly good doing it.

Jaxon Hood
Jaxon Hood - DT - Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton

Hood came into this game as one of the lowest ranked players but if he performs like he did on day one, he will surely rise. Many opposing OLs said Hood was one of the toughest to block. His height gives him leverage and he showed tremendous burst off the ball.

Armani Reeves
Armani Reeves - CB - West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial

Reeves had one of the most productive days for the East defense. He had an interception and broke up several passes. He has good hips and closed on the ball well.

Kenderious Whitehead
Kenderious Whitehead - OLB - Lithonia (Ga.) King

Whitehead has what college DCs crave in today's game, length and versatility. He lined up at defensive end during the West's first practice and did a fine job in the 1 on 1 session. He showed great quickness off the ball and used his long arms to keep OLs hands off him. In practice two, he lined up at OLB and was able to drop into coverage and showed tremendous range and speed.

Tee Shepard
Tee Shepard - CB - Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union

While Shepard played coy on where he will attend college, he played no games on the field. You could see why he is so highly regarded. Shepard is very smooth, has great change of direction and looks like he can cover anyone in the country.



Others that stood out included DeForest Buckner, Jordan Watkins, Anthony Standifer, Michael Barton, Zach Hoffpauir, and Sheldon Day.

Check back tomorrow for Day Two of coverage.


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