Here is Scout's Top 10 Defensive Performers for Friday at The Opening Finals

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Here is Scout's Friday Top 10 Defensive Performers at The Opening Finals...

VanDarius Cowan moved downhill quickly but his body control was outstanding. He was rarely caught leaning the wrong way, and his length made it tough for running backs to get around him.  He is committed to Alabama.

Darnay Holmes was one of the more physical defensive backs Friday.  He was out there rep after rep and he broke up a couple of passes.  He then tried a little offense as well. Holmes has official visits scheduled with Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio State, then plans to visit UCLA and USC unofficially before committed at the Army All-american game.

The five-star safety Jeffrey Okudah finished No. 2 in the Sparq testing and he was also very solid in the one-on-one portion of the camp of the event.  He has safety size with corner skills.  Okudah favors Ohio State currently with Oklahoma being another school to keep an eye on.

Safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell  made two of the top plays of the day in one-on-ones, running with five-star receiver Jalen Hall and grabbing an over the shoulder interception. Then he, after initially having to recover, caught up and made a beautiful break up which drew a lot of cheers from the crowd against Jeremiah Holloman. ArkansasMichiganNebraskaNotre Dame and Ohio State are the main schools for Kelly-Powell.

Jaelan Phillips had his jersey torn on his first rep of the day but was virtually unblockable all day long. He's a converted linebacker and this was the first time we've actually seen him play with his hand down rather than rushing in a two point stance. The UCLA commit was able to speed rush just about every tackle he went up against but was also able to win a few reps with a bull rush or a nice outside-in move.

Patrick Surtain is only a junior, but he stood out throughout the training camp in the afternoon.  He is long, but was strong in coverage, and he made plays on the ball.  He currently favors LSU with Florida State running No. 2.

Ambry Thomas is a complete cover man. Thomas caught up with five-star receiver Joseph Lewis and went up high to grab an interception. He's a big, fast corner who is tough to beat. He ran a 4.43 second in the 40 yard dash in testing as well.  Michigan and Michigan State are the main two with Arizona, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State among others hanging around.

Jay Tufele had a very good workout and was our top defensive tackle of the day. He has great quickness for an interior lineman, uses his hands well and can really get up the field. He's still learning technique and counter moves but right now, he's able to get by strictly using his strength and initial burst off the snap. Tufele is currently looking at BYU, Michigan, Ohio State, USC and Utah.

Leonard Warner really stood out at linebacker on Friday.  He was aggressive, but under control, and he had a very strong showing in the cat and mouse session.  He showed good length and the ability to stay with some of the best running backs in the country.  Georgia and Georgia Tech are his favorites.

Jordan Williams is an impressive looking rush end with a college body right now. He looks all of 6-foot-5, 260 pounds and showed a nice combination of strength, physicality and quickness. He's versatile enough to line up inside or outside at the next level but worked out with the rush ends today and was very good. ClemsonTennessee, Ohio State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Greg Biggins, Brian Dohn, Brandon Huffman, Greg Powers and Allen Trieu contributed to this report.


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