Atanza Vongor (© Greg Powers)

The Opening Dallas Top 10 Defensive Performers

FRISCO, Texas -- Factoring in testing, performance in the drills and in the one-on-ones Scout examines the top 10 defensive performers at The Opening regional stop in Dallas on Sunday.

DE/DT Jayden Jernigan - Allen (Texas) High 

Jayden Jernigan was the only 2019 prospect to make the Final Five linemen matchups. The young defensive lineman is potentially position-versatile depending on scheme and has proven himself early in his high school career by earning heavy snaps for national power Allen, the largest high school in Texas with almost 6,400 students. Jernigan played Sunday with quick hands and great initial burst. He has two FBS offers and will be heavily-recruited during the next two years. He has early offers from Iowa State and SMU

DE Cameron Latu - Salt Lake City (Utah) Olympus

One of the top performers regardless of position was Latu. He made the trek from Utah and earned an invitation to The Opening Finals in July in Oregon thanks to a dominant performance that included a Final Five linemen 1-on-1 spot at the end of the camp. Latu possesses an outstanding frame and showed a consistently fast get-off at the snap. He's garnered offers from across the country and proved he's an elite defensive end prospect against big-time offensive tackles such as five-star Oklahoma pledge Brey Walker and four-star Darrell Simpson. He is looking at offers from schools like AlabamaUSC, and Washington among others. Latu was invited to The Opening Finals. 

CB Verone McKinley III - Hebron (Texas) High

McKinley III has been on the scene competing at the camp for awhile and has had some seriously memorable moments over the pas three years, but this was by far his strongest camp all-around. He had a few of the day's wow moments as he he picked off a couple of passes. We really liked his ability to match-up consistently with some of the bigger-framed wide receivers in attendance and how vocal he was once the seven-on-seven portion of the event kicked off. He has 30 offers with a current top nine of AlabamaClemsonLSUNebraskaOklahomaOklahoma StatePenn StateTexas A&M, and UCLA  

Verone McKinley III (© Greg Powers)

Caden Sterns - Cibolo (Texas) Steele

The LSU commit from Cibolo (Texas) Steele is known for his coverage skills at the safety position and he definitely was able to showcase that at the camp. he was also a top tester. He had 113.28 Nike+ Football Rating, highlighted by a 4.01 shuttle time that is amazing for a safety in long 6-foot-1, 192-pound frame. He seems 6'3 and he also seems like the type who an hold 15-20 more pounds no problem and only get stronger, faster and more effective. Thing's that really stood out about Sterns' game was his ability to hang in the receiver's hip pocket in press coverage and his football IQ. He was invited to The Opening Finals. 

Atanza Vongor - Grand Prairie (Texas) South Grand Prairie

Vongor is an impressive-looking specimen and after standing out on the field at multiple positions he was able to show what makes him a top-rated defensive back target in his class. He is quick and compact and he will be a player who can make plays in all phases of the defense. He also finished among the top overall testers at the event with a 106.05 Nike+ Football Rating. Testing  and cam performance plus strong performance in pads makes him one of the best in the region. Vongor's top three programs are BaylorTCU and Texas and he's announcing his commitment in less than one week. Vongor was invited to The Opening Finals.

The Best of the Rest: CB Gemon Green (DeSoto, Texas), S Isaiah Humphries (Sachse, Texas), DE Marcus Mosley (Duncanville, Texas), LB Bumper Pool (Lovejoy, Texas), CB/S Patrick Fields (Tulsa Union, Okla.)

Scout Regional Analyst Gabe Brooks contributed to this report. 


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