L.A. NFTC: All-Camp Defense

A look at the top defensive performers during the Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp...

DL Ainuu Taua, Lompoc (Calif.)
Taua emphatically won the DL MVP and an invitation to The Opening, showing great quickness off the ball and a quick first step. He's quick and strong, plays low and difficult to block. He blew past the OL in the 1on1s thanks largely to his quickness.

DL Malik Dorton, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Dorton had a very good day, his only loss in the 1on1s coming against his teammate Damien Mama, the OL MVP. Dorton right now is still a bit of a tweener, he's still slight for a DE, and his quickness as a linebacker is uncertain, but he moves well and did a good job getting off the ball. Slower OLs couldn't block him, as he generally blew past them.

DL Kennedy Emesibe, Oak Hills (Calif.)
Emesibe is pretty raw but had a good body and frame, with long arms and good quickness. He's got room to grow though and with pretty good athleticism will probably grow into an effective defensive end.

DL Jalen Jelks, Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista
Jelks may have been the most physically impressive defensive end, all of 6-6, 250. He did a pretty good job of playing low although he didn't use many moves. He moved well though and it's not a stretch to think that with another 20-30 pounds (which he has the frame for), he could end up a pretty athletic left tackle.

LB Dwight Williams, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
For the second straight year, Williams left the L.A. NFTC with the linebacker MVP award.  The West's top outside linebacker prospect, he was stellar in every aspect on the day, moving well and keeping his motor running.  Williams earned an invitation to The Opening with his performance.

LB John Houston, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Just a sophomore, Houston is about 6-3, 200 pounds with plenty of room to fill out. Houston was rated the top linebacker of the day by the coaches in the one on one tackling drills with the running backs and shows tremendous athleticism. Only his older teammate out performed him.

LB Zach Brown, San Diego (Calif.) Patrick Henry
Was one of the most physical and aggressive players in the camp. He's an inside backer and looked all of 6-3, 235 pounds. Brown can cover a lot of ground for a big man and made several nice plays in the half-skelly period.

DB Jaleel Wadood, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Wadood has been good both times we've seen him this spring and he again was the top safety at the event.  Wadood made a ton of plays and showed good cover skills when he spent time at corner during one on ones.

DB Naijiel Hale, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Is the most aggressive and physical corner out West. Everything he does is aggressive, from the way he plays in press, the way he runs, even just doing the basic drills.  Hale earned an invitation to The Opening after his performance.

DB Jonathan Lockett, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Lockett had a very solid camp flashing top end speed and cover skills. He showed very good feet in the SPARQ drills, has a high understanding of how to play the position and competes very hard. He was very physical in press and just needs to work on getting stronger/thicker in his upper body in order to take his game to another level.

DB Denzel Fisher, Compton (Calif.) Centennial
He's long, almost 6-2, with long arms and the kind of body that will easily hold another 15 pounds or so. Then you watch him move and it's effortless, he's smooth in his backpedal, can turn and run and showed very good closing speed. Then in the half-skelly period and one on one drills, no other DB made more plays on the ball than Fisher. He wasn't just getting his hand on the ball, he was making picks showing great body control and coordination.  Fisher won the DB MVP award after an excellent showing.

Greg Biggins and Brandon Huffman contributed to this report.

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