Scout Previews Defensive Standouts Expected to Compete at The Opening Washington, D.C., Regional Camp

A look at the top defensive prospects expected to compete in The Opening Washington, D.C., on Sunday at Centreville High.

Defensive Line

Defensive end Eyabi Anoma, the No. 125 prospect in the nation, should excel in the 1-on-1s. He has fast-twitch and a lot of offers, including AlabamaClemsonFloridaGeorgiaPenn StateMichiganMaryland and UCLA,

Also, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha defensive lineman Austin Fontaine, whose length offer list includes Clemson, Michigan, Penn State, Georgia, Maryland and Tennessee, and Bradenton (Fla.) IMG's Taron Vincent, an Ohio State commit, are slated to attend.

Defensive tackle Ja'mion Franklin of Ridgely (Md.) North Caroline will announce his decision July 1, and Notre Dame is high on his list. Also, defensive tackle Cam Goode of Washington (D.C.) St. John's will compete. His offer list includes Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal's Tola Banjoko, the top defensive tackle in the state, has an offer list that includes Georgia, North Carolina, NC State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin . Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch's Jalen Alexander is scheduled to attend. His offer list reached double digits and Duke, NC State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia are schools to watch.

Sterling (Va.) Dominion's Jayde Pierre, who holds offers from Maryland, Purdue and Wake Forest, is slated to compete. Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha's John Morgan's offer list includes Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech.

Class of 2020 standout Bryan Bresee of Damascus (Md.) High already has an offer list consisting of Penn State, Maryland, LouisvilleTennessee, Virginia Tech and Purdue.


Virginia commit Noah Taylor, who plays at Gaithersburg (Md.) Avalon, made a recent visit to Rutgers and is also getting plenty of interest from Penn State. His length and size make him an interesting prospect.

Maryland commit Durell Nchami of Burtonsville (Md.) Paint Branch, Washington (D.C.) and Woodson's Juan Wallace, who made a recent trip to Syracuse and holds Rutgers and Maryland offers, are also slated to attend.

Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith standout Keshon Artis, the state's top inside linebacker, was recently offered by Syracuse, Tennessee and West Virginia. Richmond (Va.) Benedictine outside linebacker Wendell Davis will be on hand. Davis' offer list grew to 15 and includes Boston College, Duke, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and Wake Forest.

Olney (Md.) Good Counsel's Tyler Baylor, the grandson of former NBA great Elgin Baylor, has an extensive offer list of Georgia, Maryland, Louisville, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Tennessee.

Also scheduled to participate are 2019 Mineral (Va.) Louisa County's Brandon Smith, who was recently offered by Penn State, Maryland and Duke, and Woodbridge (Va.) High 2020 inside linebacker Antoine Sampah, who has offers from North Carolina, East Carolina and Virginia Tech.

Defensive Backs

A.J. Lytton, the No. 24 prospect in the nation and the No. 5 cornerback, is the headliner in the secondary. He recently named a top five of Florida StateAlabama, Maryland, Penn State and Clemson.

For four-star Woodbridge safety Dashaun Jerkins, North Carolina has long been the favorite, but Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Maryland, Louisville and NC State are also in pursuit.

Woodson cornerback Vincent Flythe's offer list includes Maryland, Syracuse, Rutgers, NC State, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin, DeMatha's Judson Tallandier made recent visits to Pittsburgh, Penn State, Rutgers and Temple, and Maryland remains heavily involved. 

The 2019 class will be well-represented. Leading the way is Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal's Litchfield Ajavon, whose lengthy offer list includes Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Wisconsin among others. Classmates to keep an eye on are Episcopal cornerback Salim Turner-Muhammad, who has offers from Georgia, Rutgers and Virginia, and Woodbridge cornerback Taylor Harris Taylor Harris, who was recently offered by East Carolina.

Michael Clark of Scout contributed to this report

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