The Opening: Top Ten Defense

Day two of The Opening brought out the best in several highly regarded defenders, many of which made big plays for their squads. The Scout team voted and here are the ten chosen as the best from the day along with some honorable mentions.'s complete coverage of Opening 2013 presented by NIKE
LB Clifton Garrett - Plainfield South (Ill.)
The four-star prospect looks the part, and despite being known for his hard hitting style, has shown that he's just as comfortable in an unpadded setting. He did that again today as he stepped in front of a pass, intercepted it and ran it back. He also broke up a couple passes and was impressive all around.

LB Rashaan Evans - Auburn (Ala.)
Evans always seemed to find the ball. He had a few interceptions, including a pick six, and used his length and athleticism to break up several other passes. Currently listed as a defensive end, he appears to be a hybrid kind of guy who can play a variety of roles at the next level.

CB John Plattenburg - Corona (Ca.) Centennial
The four star corner lived up to his billing, using his quickness and athleticism to lock down his side of the field and make several plays on the ball throughout the day.

S Quin Blanding - Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside
The football seemed to find Blanding, as the five-star prospect recorded several interceptions on the day. We counted four for him, all of which displayed the kind of speed and leaping ability in a big frame that lead nearly every major program to offer him before he committed to Virginia.

S Dylan Sumner-Gardner - West Mesquite (Tex.)
The Texas A&M commit flashed his speed and instincts, especially when he broke nicely on a ball he ended up intercepting. He has great skills in coverage.

S Ronald Walker - Jackson Calloway (Miss.)
The Ole Miss commit was smooth and can cover down the field. He broke on the ball and showed very good ball-tracking skills. He also has nice size and didn't get caught over-anticipating throws. 

CB Jalen Tabor - Friendship Collegiate (DC)
Tabor did not have many passes thrown his way, a tribute to his cover skills, and when teams did decide to test him, he made them pay for it. He's physical, plays with an attitude and has a quick burst to the football.

S Duke Dawson - Cross City (Fla.) Dixie County
Dawson seemed to have a nose for the ball during today's 7 on 7. He made a couple of big plays for ihs team, included a pick six. Following that interception, the Florida commit made sure to give the Gator chomp and fans of the school should be excited about what they're getting in him.

CB Tony Brown - Beaumount (Tex.) Ozen
The five-star prospect used his speed and quickness to close on the ball and make a couple of pass breakups along with a interception he returned for a score. The nation's number one corner was beat for a score, but rebounded to make many big plays.

S John Bonney - Houston (Tex.) Lamar

A smooth, instinctive safety with good quickness and smarts, the four-star prospect seemed to regularly be in the right places at the right times and impressed us with his overall coverage ability on the day.

Others Receiving Votes: Jonathan Lockett, D.J. Calhoun, Jamal Adams, Christian Miller, Adarius Pickett, Iman Marshall, Kyle Berger, Damon Webb, Montae Nicholson

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