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Los Angeles Opening Regional - Top Ten Defensive Performers

Scout takes a look at the top 10 defensive players we saw, based solely on camp performance, at The Opening Los Angeles Regional...

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A number of top defensive prospects in the 2018 class caught our eyes at the The Opening Los Angeles Regional.

As we always mention, this isn't a top prospect list, it's simply a list of the 10 players who had the best day in our eyes. This has nothing to do with recruiting rankings but strictly based on performance.

The Top 10

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Bryan Addison, DB, Gardena (Calif.) Serra

There were several talented safety prospects at the camp but Addison made more plays than anyone. He's a long, athletic player with great range and very good ball skills. He runs well, covers a ton of ground and has an extremely high ceiling. He also earned an invite to The Opening Finals.


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

After winning LB MVP honors at The Opening Seattle last year, Winston was with a loaded linebacker group and more than held his own with the other top backers in the West. This is the fifth event we saw Winston at this spring and he's been terrific all spring.


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Elisha Guidry, DB, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta

Guidry measured in at 6-1 and showed great length and excellent cover skills throughout the day.


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

One of the top defensive backs in the West, Taylor-Stuart measured in at 6-2, 185, and tied for the fastest 40 on the day at 4.43.


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Jack Lamb, LB, Temecula (Calif.) Great Oak

Lamb has been one of the stars of the offseason and has showed tremendous cover skills all spring, doing so again on Sunday and earning an invitation to The Opening Finals.


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Jaiden Woodbey, DB, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco

The Ohio State commit was good in coverage again and showed why he's the top safety prospect in the West.


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Merlin Robertson, LB, Gardena (Calif.) Serra

Another linebacker in a loaded field, Robertson joined his teammate Addison in earning a spot in The Opening Finals.


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Palaie Gaoteote, LB, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman

The top overall prospect in the West in the 2018 class, the USC verbal shined on Sunday and punched his ticket to Beaverton.


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

It was an incredibly deep class of 'backers with five kids getting invited to The Opening Finals. Scott picking up MVP was a huge coup in a loaded field but it was well deserved. He's very good playing in space, has superior football instincts and is one of those guys who just always seems to be around the football.


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Solomon Tuliaupupu, LB, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

A physical 'backer when the pads are on, Tuliaupupu shows great instincts, coverage ability and closing speed.


The Next Five:

Aashari Crosswell, DB, Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins; Ely Doyle, DB, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany; Bo Calvert, LB, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian; Julius Irvin, DB, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite; Darien Butler, LB, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne


National recruiting analyst Greg Biggins, Mountain/Island recruiting analyst Blair Angulo and Director of Recruiting Brandon Huffman contributed to this list.



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