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Breaking Down the Top 15 Defensive Performers From The Under Armour AA Camp in SoCal

Last weekend’s Under Armour All-America Camp was loaded on the defensive side of the ball, so much so that instead of picking a top 10 performer list, we had to go 15 deep.

The strength of the Under Armour AA Camp in SoCal last Sunday was on the defensive side of the ball, with several standout performances at all three levels. 

As we did yesterday with our top offensive performer list, we feel the need to post a disclaimer. This isn't a top prospect list, it's simply a list of the 10-15 players who had the best day in our eyes. This has nothing to do with recruiting rankings but strictly based on performance.

It's also impossible to watch and evaluate every player in a camp, there are just too many players, so in no way is this an all inclusive list. We could have easily went 50 deep if we wanted to but we wanted to keep the list somewhat selective. 

The Top 10

Bryan Addison, DB, Gardena (Calif.) Serra

Opened a ton of eyes, great length, athleticism and ball skills at the safety position.

Draco Bynum, DE, Wilsonville (Ore.)

Battled through morning stomach flu to win the Big Man competition at end of camp.

Olaijah Griffin, DB, Mission Viejo (Calif.)

Pure cover corner with plus speed, instincts and toughness.

Mykee Irving, DL, Calabasas (Calif.) 

Big, physical nose guard prospect and was overwhelming in one on ones.

Adrian Jackson, LB, Denver (Colo.) Mullen

Hyper athletic ‘backer with safety athleticism and skills.

Aaron Maldonado, DL, La Puent (Calif.) Bishop Amat

Intriguing interior lineman with a nice combination of strength and quickness.

Salua Masina, LB, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton

Fiery competitor who can really run and plays like his hair is on fire.

Raymond Scott, LB, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne

Played through a sore groin to make play after play, always around the ball.

Steve Stephens, DB, Fresno (Calif.) Edison

Our overall MVP of the event, one of the best cover safeties we’ve seen.

Eli'jah Winston, LB, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic 

Has a college body right now, moves well and has tremendous upside. 

Five More That Just Missed the Cut

Ely Doyle, DB, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany

Much improved burst and closing speed, really coming on. 

Reggie Hughes, LB, Calabasas (Calif.) 

Love him as a pass rusher, showed he can play in space as well. 

Julius Irvin, DB, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite

Total package at safety- size, speed and range. 

Tommy Togiai, DL, Pocatello (Idaho) Highland

Flashed his huge upside, great frame and moves very well. 

Isaac Taylor-Stuart, DB, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine

Measured in at 6-3, even longer than expected and has unlimited upside as a big corner. 

Best Under the Radar Performers

Here's a look at five players who aren't getting a ton of buzz but looked very good and should see a nice bump in their recruitment heading in to the Spring.

Elisha Guidry, DB, Vista Murrieta (Calif.)

Athletic safety with a strong build and can run

Nathan Latu, DL, Olympus (Utah)

Overshadowed a bit by his brother Cameron, Nathan showed he can play at the high BCS level as well.

Camron Pitcher, LB, Corona (Calif.) Centennial

Pitcher is great with the pads on but showed quickness in space and very solid coverage skills.

Isaak Togia, LB, Garden Grove (Calif.) Pacifica

Tough to miss Togia, who was flying around the field, non-stop motor on this kid.

Samuela Tuihalamaka, DL, Riverside (Calif.) King

Good looking defensive line prospect who could play inside or outside at the next level. 

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