Blue-chip defensive end Brenton Cox (Photo by Danny Parker)

Scout Previews Defensive Standouts Expected to Compete at Under Armour's All-America camp in Atlanta

Scout identifies some of the top defensive prospects expected to compete at Sunday's Under Armour regional camp in Atlanta.

Defensive Line

As per usual an Atlanta-area event, the defensive front has a bevy of talented prospects expected to compete. Two of the top four trench talents in the Peach State are slated to participate in Scout100 four-stars Brenton Cox (pictured above), who holds nearly every major regional offer, as well as interior standout Robert Cooper, who made an early pledge to the Florida State Seminoles. Fellow Georgia four-star defensive tackle Darnell Jefferies is also expected in the class of 2018. 

Outside state lines, Tennessee is poised to make a splash led by four-star and top 10 defensive tackle Greg Emerson and Alabama Crimson Tide commitment Jordan Davis (video below). Alabama's top two defensive linemen and fellow four stars Coynis Miller, of Birmingham (Ala.) Jackson-Olin and Montgomery (Ala.) Lanier standout Alfred Thomas are expected. It will be Thomas' first known camp effort of the spring. He and Miller hold more than a dozen offers comprised of mostly SEC and ACC programs early on.

The class of 2019 will be well represented Sunday as well, particularly in the state of Georgia. A trio of early Scout four-stars in Travon WalkerKing Mwikuta and Dante Walker are expected to compete. One of the state's top committed rising juniors, who impressed just last week at a separate event, is Florida State verbal commitment Tru Thompson. The Loganville (Ga.) Grayson standout will have many of his Ram teammates expected to hold their own at the event.


Linebacker prospects will be a mix of body types and skill sets on Sunday. Plenty with gaudy offer lists, like Tucker (Ga.) High's Michael Harris, Athens (Ga.) Christian's Richard Jibunor, South Carolina standout Khalid Jones and a pair of Alabama 2018 talents in La'Dedric Jackson and Jacquez Jones. Each of the aforementioned linebackers holds scholarship offers from two or three Power 5 conference representatives. 

The hottest has to be Jibunor, who actually competed at defensive end and took home some hardware at a recent local event. Notre Dame jumped on board soon after. Jackson has had the hottest 2017, going from a relatively unknown prospect to one of Alabama's most coveted defenders. His SEC offer spree hit its highest mark when LSU came through for him. Will either in-state SEC school jump into the mix?

Among underclassmen, early four-star Owen Pappoe will be valued as a rising senior with the amount of big-time stages he has already competed well within. When the class of 2019 prospects rankings expand it will likely be a nice day for Pappoe, who already has a who's who offer list after emerging as a national recruit in middle school. Yes, you read that right. Name a top program, and it has jumped on board with the rising junior recruit.

Defensive Backs

The strongest group on the defensive list and maybe the entire event may be the secondary. All nine of the four-star defensive backs in the state of Georgia are expected to compete near home turf.

A couple of the top defensive back prospects from the Peach State have already made their commitments like four-star safety Derrik Allen, to Notre Dame, and Otis Reese, to Michigan. Other blue-chips like cornerbacks Myles SimsChristopher SmithKyler McMichaelTre Douglas, Jaycee Horn and Christian Tutt, along with safety Trey Dean, remain undeclared.

It's not all about Georgia, though, as several out-of-state standouts are also expected to compete. A two-way star in Alabama, four-star Pleasant Grove (Ala.) standout Myles Mason will make his spring camp debut and he's not the only well-traveled defensive back expected. The highest volume position expected among defenders will feature cornerbacks and safeties from the state of Florida, North Carolina and feature a four-star Volunteer State star in Brendon Harris. The Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor rising senior holds well over a dozen scholarship offers including reigning national champion Clemson and inaugural College Football Playoff victor Ohio State among many others.

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