Chad Simmons

Scout Examines the Defensive Talent for Team Highlight of the 2017 Under Armour All-America Game

Scout takes a closer look at the Team Highlight defense, which will matchup against Team Armour offense on Jan. 1 in the 2017 Under Armour All-America Game.


Only two of the seven linebackers on Team Highlight enter the week with their collegiate decisions already in the rear-view mirror, with Drew Singleton and Chris Allen committed to Michigan and Alabama, respectively.

Singleton, the nation's fourth-ranked outside linebacker and 72nd-ranked player overall, checks in as the highest-rated linebacker, while the 6-foot-4, 233-pound Allen is labeled as the nation's 81st-ranked player overall.

Chris Allen, Baton Rouge (La.) Southern University Lab - Alabama

Markquese Bell, Bridgeton (N.J.) Senior

Ellis Brooks, Richmond (Va.) Benedictine

Breon Dixon, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson

Levi Jones, Austin (Texas) Westlake

Nathan Proctor, Indian Head (Md.) Lackey

Drew Singleton, Paramus (N.J.) Catholic - Michigan

Defensive Backs

This year's crop of defensive backs for Team Highlight features prospects committed to Florida StateAlabamaOklahomaLouisvilleGeorgia and South Carolina, with five-star cornerback Stanford Samuels III (FSU) highlighting that list.

Cyrus Fagan, the nation's 11th-ranked safety and 123rd-ranked player overall, is also committed to the Seminoles, while the Sooners have multiple commitments of their own in Scout 300 cornerbacks Tre Brown and Justin Broiles.

C.J. Avery, Grenada (Miss.) High - Louisville

Justin Broiles, Oklahoma City (OK) John Marshall - Oklahoma

Tre Brown, Tulsa (OK) Union - Oklahoma

Chevin Calloway, Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne

Cyrus Fagan, Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland - Florida State

Xavier McKinney, Roswell (Ga.) High

Isaiah Pola-Mao, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe

William Poole, College Park (Ga.) Hapeville Charter - Georgia

Stanford Samuels III, Pembroke Pines (Fla.) Flanagan - Florida State

Jamyest Williams, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson - South Carolina

Daniel Wright, Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) Boyd H. Anderson - Alabama

Defensive Line

Joshua Kaindoh and Robert Beal lead the way as the highest-ranked prospects along Team Highlight's defensive front as the sixth and eighth-ranked defensive ends, respectively. Both were teammates at the IMG Academy before Beal opted to return to Georgia in early November. 

The 6-foot-6, 252-pound Kaindoh is just days removed from selecting Florida State, while Beal is committed to Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs.

Six of the nine defensive linemen on the roster are currently off the market, with LSUMichiganTexas A&M and Colorado also holding commitments.

Robert Beal, Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge - Georgia

Tyree Johnson, Washington (D.C.) St. Johns College - Texas A&M

Joshua Kaindoh, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy - Florida State

Phidarian Mathis, Monroe (La.) Neville

Kwity Paye, Warwick (R.I.) Bishop Hendricken - Michigan

LaBryan Ray, Madison (Ala.) James Clemens

Tyler Shelvin, Crowley (La.) Notre Dame - LSU

Aaron Sterling, Tucker (Ga.) High

Jon Van Diest, Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek - Colorado


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