2018 CB Corione Harris (Billy Embody / SCOUT)

Top Defensive Performers at The Opening New Orleans Regional Camp

NEW ORLEANS -- Scout identifies top offensive performers from Sunday's The Opening New Orleans regional camp.


  • Fabien Lovett -- at 6-foot-4, 282 pounds, Lovett was one of the most impressive prospects on either side of the ball when it came to the "eyeball test." Lovett won D-line MVP for his Sunday effort and was clearly the top defender in the trenches among competitors. Lovett won reps with quickness, power, and polished hand-technique all day long. Lovett also moved well laterally and showed some ability to adapt and adjust his path to the passer when his first move wasn't as successful as he would have liked. 


  • Jordan Davis -- the Alabama edge defender commit turned heads most among true edge rushers at the event. He has added some 20 pounds to his frame since Scout first saw him at last year's New Orleans regional camp and he used the extra bulk to prove he is not simply a first-step speed rusher. Davis still showcased an above-average get-off with some counter-ability to rip back underneath to win early reps during a dominant start to the competition phase of the camp.


  • Corione Harris -- the Kansas four-star cornerback pledge assembled one of the strongest performances of the camp, where he earned an invitation to The Opening Finals. Harris is a long-limbed, wiry strong defensive back who made plays on the ball several times during the course of the afternoon. He ripped away an interception from a receiver as the two went to the ground during one rep. Harris locates the ball and plays with good awareness.


  • Byron Hobbs -- the 6-foot-3, 207-pound four-star proved without a doubt why he's one of the fastest-rising prospects in the Lone State State with recent offers from programs such as Texas A&M, Nebraska, Texas, and Arkansas. Hobbs owns the requisite frame for the typical pass-rushing hybrid linebacker, which is the spot most schools want him to play, but he repeatedly caught our attention in half-skeleton passing drills as he broke up multiple passes with his ability to drop into coverage and create problems with his enormous wingspan. In fact, several other campers shook their head in disbelief as they marveled at Hobbs' frame length.


  • Eddie Smith -- considering the performance we saw Sunday, we will not be surprised if Smith really catches fire on the recruiting trail this spring. Smith is a relatively tall and long-armed cornerback with great frame potential. He showed the ability to play bump and run coverage and turn his hips to run stride-for-stride when needed. Smith already owns double-digit offers, but will see more this offseason.


  • Jordan Moore -- the Texas A&M pledge is one of the top athlete prospects in the state of Texas, but worked out defensive back at Sunday's camp. That's where he likely fits best at the next level. Moore plays long and athletic. His experience playing small-school ball in Texas and spending extensive time on both sides of the ball obviously helps him in his reps at cornerback. Moore's physical nature really stood out and allowed him to get the upper hand on the majority of the reps we witnessed.


  • Salua Masina -- the four-star outside linebacker traveled a long way from his native Utah to compete at Sunday's camp, but the trip proved worth it as Masina earned Linebacker MVP honors. At 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, Masina owns an outstanding frame that possesses virtually limitless potential. He looks and plays larger than his current weight and will be significantly larger in college. Masina owns more than a dozen offers, including CaliforniaUCLAUSCWashington StateVanderbilt, and others.


  • Micah Baskerville -- the LSU pledge enjoyed a great camp performance that caught the eye of The Opening New Orleans staff and earned him an invitation to The Opening Finals. Perhaps Baskerville's best attribute as a prospect is his potential for both position-versatility and scheme-versatility. He's an above average athlete who can play laterally and drop in coverage, but thrives as a gap-filling downhill run-thumper, too.


  • Derius Davis -- Davis could potentially play either side of the ball in college -- as well as special teams -- but stood out Sunday as a defensive back. He's already picked up a couple of recent Big 12 offers (TCUKansas State) and should have plenty more Power Five recruiting attention coming his way this spring. Davis is a twitchy, sudden athlete who regularly showed his ability to burst out of breaks and his backpedal. If he winds up on defense permanently, he's a position-versatile prospect thanks to his athleticism, coverage instincts, and playmaking ability.


  • Cameron Young -- the Meadville (Miss.) Franklin defensive lineman came to Scout's attention because of an impressive powerball throw during morning testing. He followed that with rock-solid reps on the defensive interior with victories credited to his first-step explosiveness, lateral ability, and even a spin move. Young can probably play inside or outside, depending upon scheme, so consistency at the point of attack will help him take the next step sooner rather than later.

-- Scout's John Garcia contributed to this report.



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