Under Armour Chicago: Defensive Recap

A recap of the top defensive performers from the Chicago stop of the Under Armour All-America Camp Series. There were many to choose from.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Devin O'Rourke, a Northwestern commit, was selected for the All-America Game. He is a great great looking kid on the hoof and has the ability to move and bend his 6-foot-6, 240-pound frame better than most kids of that size. 

Two interior guys from Missouri impressed.

Said Scout's Greg Powers, "Michael Thompson, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive tackle from St. Louis (Mo.) Parkway North showed his athleticism and explosion on Sunday and was one of the top overall prospects in attendance. He is an interesting prospect because he is very long for an interior defender. His length, size, power, and explosion allow him to be a guy who can often apply pressure behind the line of scrimmage and offensive lineman had a hard time dealing with him. Thompson has a national offer list with unofficial stops in at schools like Alabama, LSU, and Ohio State."

"Trevor Trout, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive tackle from St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade Prep has a lot of skills in person that shows through on the tape," Powers added. "He is a force at the point of attack and can hold his ground. A camp is not his ideal setting to showcase his skill set, because he is best suited for the grimy game in the trenches as a run stopper. He is much more of a playmaker on the high school level, but in college his linebackers will love him for chewing up offensive linemen and allowing them to pursue the ball freely. Trout has a Top 10 list coming this summer."

On the edge, Chicago Mount Carmel's Terrance Taylor was one of the top performers on the day. He is athletic and explosive off the ball. Detroit East English Village Prep's Desjuan Johnson is another explosive edge guy who wins with his first step. He has started to pick up offers recently and that should not stop. Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton Southeastern's Madison Norris is a lean kid who gets off the ball very quickly and that helped him zip past would-be blockers on several reps. Recent Western Michigan commit Andre Carter had a nice day. He has always had the built, but we have noticed him getting quicker off the snap and improving technique at recent camps. Michigan commit Aidan Hutchinson and Woodbury (Minn.) product David Alston are two high profile guys who we did not see on a high volume of reps, but flashed why they are highly regarded guys. John Waggoner is another highly recruited, highly regarded prospect who showed his athleticism.

Gavin McCabe played end and had a good day. Given his strength and size, he offers possibilities as a strongside end or he could move inside some day. The same goes for Will McCabe (no relation) who showed good motor and strength

On the interior, Dashaun Mallory's quickness and violent hands made him one of the top performers. Right there too was Fort Wayne (Ind.) Snider's Lawrence Johnson who had a strong day in 1-1s. Minnesota commit Elijah Teague and East St. Louis' Terrion Williams are two others who had good days. Williams is a linebacker and end who looks like he will play three-tech some day. Eli Jackson of Muskegon (Mich.) does not have the offer lists those guys have, but he proved he could compete at that level. He is a strong, high motor kid with a low center of gravity which made him a tough matchup.

The young defensive linemen had really good days. Momence (Ill.) end Jason Bargy is an athletic, lean edge guy with major offers and looks like he will continue getting more. West Auroria (Ill.) freshman tackle Denver Warren is strong and play with big time attitude. He does not have any offers yet, but it may not be long despite his youth. West Lafayette (Ind.) class of 2019 defensive end George Karlaftis is relatively new to football but his natural size and athleticism makes him a major prospect. He has offers from Notre Dame, Purdue and more. St. Louis Lutheran North's Jack Buford is another young guy who made some noise on the day.

While he is still learning and this may have been his first camp of this nature, remember the name Billie Roberts from Muskegon (Mich.). This class of 2020 kid is already 6-foot-4, 230 pounds and looked the part athletically in drills. As he continues to polish his game, he is going to draw a lot of attention from schools.

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LINEBACKERS

Ayodele Adeoye was officially named to the Under Armour All America Game and he continues to show that he is a blue-chip linebacker prospect with his strength and athleticism. Notre Dame commit Ovie Oghoufo had a good day and broke up some passes in 1-1s. Detroit Cass Tech's duo of Deandre Square and Dyontae Johnson were both really good and did fine jobs in coverage. Johnson is a kid who has impressed at the last few spots and is on the rise. Speaking of on the rise, two from Illinois, Cortez Hogans and Jaylan Alexander, are kids who are picking offers but are still somewhat under the national spotlight. Both had good performances on Sunday though and may pick up more offers through spring eval and summer camp season. Clarence Gasker from Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's falls into that sleeper category as well but he had several good 1-1 reps. Belleville (Mich.) product Jalen Hunt was one of the top 2019 guys. He participated with the linebackers and did well, but with his size and skill set, his future is likely with his had down.

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DEFENSIVE BACKS

It was a very strong group of defensive backs.

At cornerback, Notre Dame commit Kalon Gervin, Detroit King's Jaeveyon Morton, Minnesota commit Tyrik Henderson, Indianapolis North Central's D.J. Johnson and Rochester Adams' Vincent Gray could have all made strong cases for the top group of defensive backs. We have seen a lot of Gervin and in our opinion, this was one of his best performances. The same goes for Morton who has great makeup speed but is also physical and competitive. Henderson had several nice pass breakups. He is another with quick feet and makeup ability.

Gray is a kid who may be headed for more offers. There are not many corners in the Midwest with his size and length.

Two Michigan kids who had good days were recent Northern Illinois commit Zhamaine March and Oak Park's Robert Daniel.

At safety, we really liked Paul MoalaDallas Craddieth and Patrick Lupro in the 2018 class. Moala is a favorite of ours. We are very surprised he does not have more offers. He has good size, solid speed and very good all around athletic and positional skills. Craddieth, on film, is a hitter, but he surprised us with his man to man ability at this camp. He broke up several passes. Lupro can cover like a corner and he has always been a good camp guy, but this was a strong day from him.

A 2018 sleeper to look for is Antwain Walker from Oswego (Ill.) who does not have any offers that we are aware of, but has good size and ability. Another sleeper we liked was Jabari Fitzpatrick who has length and stopped some top guys in 1-1s. Dominique Reed from Simeon is another 2018 from Illinois who does not have a ton of offers but has the speed and size to compete at a high level in college.

Shilo Sanders came up from Texas and was physical, competitive and got in the faces of receivers and challenged them at the line of scrimmage.

In the younger classes, St. Louis (Mo.) Parkway North's Jalani Williams was excellent. He is very long and athletic and was rarely beaten on the day. Sebastian Castro went against bigger, stronger tight ends and showed he could play over the tight end in college. He is a 2019 with several offers. Saline (Mich.) cornerback M.J. Griffin has gotten bigger and stronger since the last time we saw him and that helped him have a good day as well.

In the freshman class, both Andre Seldon Jr. of Belleville (Mich.) and Corey Clark from St. Louis (Mo.) Lutheran North are both going to be high level prospects. Seldon has speed and instincts and closed quickly to break up one pass impressively. Clark, by contrast, is not as fast as Seldon but is built like a junior and covered very well on the day. It was our first time seeing him and he impressed.

 


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