Birmingham NFTC: Top DB Performances

HOOVER, Ala. – While the wide receiver talent was vast at Spain Park High School on Sunday for te Nike Football Training Camp, there was a solid group of defensive backs as well. Here are the ones that caught's attention throughout the afternoon.

The following prospects are listed alphabetically, and only appear because of their performance on Sunday with Scout in attendance. Recruiting standing and/or ranking have nothing to do with the group.

Aquil Annoor, 2015 CB, Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy

Not very big, but Annoor showed some savvy against bigger and stronger wideouts on Sunday afternoon. He anticipated routes well and closed on the ball better than most. His listed size may scare off college programs initially, but his tape will earn him offers down the road based on what we saw at the Birmingham NFTC.

John Broussard, 2016 CB, Phenix City (Ala.) Central

Only a sophomore, but the top defensive back performer Sunday per Student Sports. Scout agrees, as Broussard was light on his feet, smooth in transition, and used his great length. He has very good ball skills and he may only have an offer from Kentucky now, but that will change.

Michael Jackson, 2015 CB, Hoover (Ala.) Spain Park

Yes, that's his name, but he plays a big game anyway. At 6-foot-1, he uses his length during his jam, but also had the speed to run with some of the best wideouts in attendance. Jackson has good ball skills and feet while slowing most of the competition he went up against, though one double-move e gave up early in the day had him motivated to turn things around. He did in a big way.

Xavier Lewis, 2015 CB, Reserve (La.) East Saint John

The former LSU commitment is physical in press coverage. He will battle receivers for the ball, he ran well with quick wideouts, and he uses his size to his advantage more times than not. Lewis was seemingly never out of position on this day, usually disrupting the intended pass along the way.

Armani Linton, 2015 S, Walnut (Miss.) Attendance Center

Linton stood out working with the defensive backs early due to his size. The 6-3, 190 pound athlete that is committed to Mississippi State then showed he could run with those much smaller than him. He even worked some at corner, but he is a big safety who could grow into a linebacker. He is very fluid.

Deshawn Raymond, 2015 CB, Metairie (La.) East Jefferson

Great size from a guy who loves to mix it up with receivers, and he was strongest in press coverage. Raymond is a long and strong cornerback prospect.

Maurice Smitherman, 2015 CB, Adamsville (Ala.) Minor

Size may not be on Smitherman's side, but speed is. He showed a great burst to the ball/receiver and he has better than average length that helps make up for his height. He reacts well to the ball and was best in off coverage Sunday. The four-star has also continued to add bulk to his slender frame, as he's up to 175 pounds, making him more attractive for top colleges.

Chad Simmons contributed to this report.

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