Trey Dean (Photo by Michael Clark)

Scout breaks down its top 10 defensive performers from UA All-America's Atlanta camp over the weekend

JOHN'S CREEK, Ga. -- The Under Armour All-America camp in Atlanta was again a loaded college football prospect event and Scout breaks down the best on the defensive side of the football.

Prospects are selected based solely on Sunday's workout and are listed alphabetically: 

 

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An Alabama Crimson Tide verbal commitment since December, Jordan Davis was a constant on the edge for offensive linemen all day long. He beat some with speed and others with the ability to stick his foot in the dirt and come back underneath. The Memphis (Tenn.) Southwind star, who is still considering SEC programs despite his pledge to Nick Saban and company, won maybe the prettiest rep of any defender on the day with a strong spin move to come up underneath a blocker who over set on him in anticipation of his ability to speed rush. Upon receiving an invitation to the 2018 event, Davis elected to participate in the next Under Armour All-America Game.

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Trey Dean, a safety prospect out of Hampton (Ga.) Dutchtown High School, impressed from the outset of the event. He is impressive on the hoof (pictured above) and looked like a smaller defensive back in how he moved during drills. Dean carried it over on to both one-on-one and seven-on-seven competition to put together one of the day's strongest secondary performances. Georgia, Florida, Louisville and others in the SEC and ACC are contenders for Dean early on. 

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Jackson (Tenn.) North Side defensive lineman Greg Emerson says Tennessee and Oregon are recruiting him the hardest although AlabamaOhio StateFlorida State and Georgia are still very much in the mix. It doesn't take many reps of the Scout trench talent to realize why so many are after his commitment. Emerson can beat blockers just about every way one could cook up a victory. He is big and strong with good balance and quickness laterally. He can use his hands or simply overwhelm an offensive line with his power.

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With his father and former NFL standout Joe Horn watching, newly-minted Scout four-star Jaycee Horn must have made him proud with the way he handled himself both on the field during play and in between plays when he let his opponent know of the success he was having. A long and lean cornerback out of Alpharetta (Ga.), Horn showcased the ability to get his hands on the wide receiver and make plays on the football while maintaining his leverage just about every time he was out there. The rising senior, who holds more than 30 scholarship offers, was also impressive in his endurance, making plays on the football deep into the event when many of his counterparts elected to take the rest of the day off.

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Emerging on the recruiting trail, Montgomery (Ala.) Lanier linebacker La'Dedric Jackson gave onlookers a few examples why on Sunday. The three-star was active in drills with minimal wasted movement but he really shined brightest during the competition phase of the event. Not only was the rising senior vocal on the field, but he backed it up with the most physical play of any defender on this day. Jackson, who has LSU on top at this time, got multiple running backs on the ground at the line of scrimmage and played the football after that point. When he was not playing bully on the field, he turned and ran well with those smaller and more cut out for playing in space than he.

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After being slowed by a minor injury last weekend, Birmingham (Ala.) Jackson-Olin defensive tackle Coynis Miller made up for lost time Sunday. He is a shorter defensive tackle and uses that low center of gravity for great balance and quickness to defeat opponents with angles as much as he can with power or hand technique. It is like the top defensive tackle in Alabama, who will be tough to pull outside of state lines, was built to rush the passer from the interior. Miller is in no rush to make a verbal commitment.

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Atlanta (Ga.) Carver defensive back Quindarious Monday was another safety type to have a big day in Atlanta. He is long and lean, able to impress with his physical nature, competitiveness and ball skills. He has the look of the quarterback of the defense and flashed those types of smart gambles in his pursuit of the football and how he reacted deep down the field. Monday, who recently told Scout Auburn sat ahead of Florida State, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan and others, got his hands on the football aplenty during this day.

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The lone underclassman on this list, LaGrange (Ga.) Troup County edge defender King Mwikuta represented the class of 2019 well all afternoon long. The rising junior has elected to play linebacker over the last two weekends of competition and has made his fair share of plays despite being perhaps more comfortable as a defensive end. Recently telling Scout Alabama, Georgia and Clemson were recruiting him the hardest, Mwikuta's length and ability to redirect makes him among the top 2019 talents in the South. He finished his Sunday with a big interception during seven-on-seven competition. 

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For the second week in a row, four-star College Park (Ga.) Hapeville Charter cornerback  Christopher Smith was very impressive. He was fluid in drills and took numerous reps in one-on-ones, successful in those battles well more times than not. He was physical and extremely aggressive. Smith also showed great concentration and ball skills. Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State and South Carolina look to be the main contenders. 

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Fresh off receiving a fourth star, Columbia (S.C.) Sun Valley outside linebacker Channing Tindall did not disappoint. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound Tindall is complete linebacker. He was great in drills and also excelled dropping into coverage during the 7-on-7 portion of the camp. Tindall is undoubtedly one of the most athletic linebackers in the country and his stock will continue to rise over the next several months. LSU and Georgia are offers he is considering heavily while looking to visit Penn State and Notre Dame in the near future.

 Scout.com's Michael Clark contributed to this report.


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