Semper Fi: Day 1, East's Top 5 Defense

FULLERTON, Calif. -- Each day FOXSportsNEXT will take a look at the East squad's top five offensive players from practice for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, and this list includes a pair of Michigan commits, an Oklahoma commit, an Alabama commit and a Wisconsin pledge.

Each day the FOXSportsNEXT team will look at the top five defensive players from the day at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl practices, and coming out of Monday these are the ones who stood out on the defensive side.

Chikwe Obasih, DE, Central High (Brookfield, Wisc.)
No one was able to keep Obasih, who is committed to Wisconsin, from getting to the quarterback. He simply moved the lineman blocking him out of the way to get the sack.

One rep he used speed around the edge, the next time he used a nifty spin move to get to the quarterback and on another he bull-rushed to the quarterback. It was great to see a versatile pass rusher who combines speed with technique.

Ross Douglas, CB, Avon (Ohio) High
Douglas made it hard for any ball thrown his way to make it to the receiver. He never lost sight of the ball or his man. He was able to play physical at the line of scrimmage and also flip his hips and run in coverage. The Michigan commit played tight in coverage throughout the day and even showed speed to make up ground late on a deep ball.

Maurice Hurst Jr., DT, Xaverian Brothers High (Westwood, Mass.)
Hurst, a Michigan commit, was under weather and had to leave the field several times, but that didn't keep him from being a complete animal from snap to whistle. He is really quick off the snap and explodes into the offensive linemen, then uses his strength to toss them aside. He was dominant in one-on-one situations and then was able to shed double teams and make a play during team periods.

And he did it all while not feeling well and having to take time off to rest.

Ahmad Thomas, S, Miami (Fla.) Central High
Thomas stood out thanks to a pair of interceptions. Thomas, an Oklahoma verbal commit, has ideal size (6-0, 210) and showed good coverage skills during 7-on-7 and 1-on-1 drills. He turned well and had a knack for getting to the ball, breaking well on one pass in the red zone for an acrobatic interception in which he was more aggressive than the receiver going for the ball.

Anthony Averett, CB, Woodbury (N.J.) High
Averett was playing safety in the team period, so he didn't get much action, but he sure shined during one-on-one drills. Alabama recruited him to play cornerback and it was easy to see why from a coverage standout. His acceleration is tremendous, he has the speed to run with anyone and he had length. In the one-on-one portion, he was exceptional.

FOXSportsNEXT's Kevin Carden and Simone Scott contributed to this report

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