Semper Fi: Day 2, East's Top 5 Defense

FULLERTON, Calif. -- Each day FOXSportsNEXT will take a look at the East squad's top five defensive players from Tuesday's practice for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, and this list includes commits from Michigan, Rutgers, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

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 Tuesday these are the ones who stood out on the defensive side.

Chikwe Obasih, DE, Central High (Brookfield, Wisc.)
In one-on-one drills, the Wisconsin commit was able to simply throw his defender aside. He has great hands and great feet, making him difficult to block. He also plays with a high motor, and his athleticism is fantastic.

On one play he raced down the line of scrimmage and tackled running back Alex Collins (despite it being a thud drill).

He made the list for the second straight day, and it was a well-deserved make.

Nadir Barnwell, CB, Piscataway (N.J.) High
Whoever the Rutgers commit was covering had a hard time getting the ball. Barnwell consistently matched the receiver stride for stride and never lost him. He showed good acceleration and stayed on the hip of the receiver. The only time he was beaten was on a perfect rainbow pass to Oklahoma commit Jordan Smallwood in the corner of the endzone.

Maurice Hurst Jr., DT, Xaverian Brothers High (Westwood, Mass.)
For the second straight day, Hurst makes the list. The amazing part? He is staggering around before and after every play as he deals with an illness.

However, once he is on the field, he is nearly unstoppable. He is incredibly quick and strong, and has a fantastic move of sweeping his arm to knock a lineman off balance before quickly tearing up the field. He is the most consistent, and most dominant, defensive lineman on the East through two days.

Alex James, DE, East High (Brookfield, Wisc.)
The strength of the East team is the defensive line, and part of its domination Tuesday came from the edge as James consistently got around the right tackle to get to the backfield. He also showed very good speed and is getting comfortable with the speed of practice. James, who is listed at 6-foot-3, 219 pounds, needs to add strength for college, but he has the frame to do it and a quick first few steps.

Ahmad Thomas, DB, Miami Central High
The Oklahoma commit has a nose for the ball and breaks quickly on it. He lost his man a few times in coverage, but his ability to read and play and close allowed him to break up a pass. He pursues well and feels the play on runs, and is smooth and getting to the ball carrier in the running game.

FOXSportsNEXT's Simone Scott contributed to this report

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