Wake DT target Cam Goode impresses at DC The Opening

CLIFTON, Va. -- Scout takes a look at the Top 10 defensive players from Sunday's The Opening Regional at Centreville High.


OLB, Tyler Baylor, Olney (Md.) Good Counsel

Baylor was a must-watch kid watching him walk around before the camp because of his frame and size, and did not disappoint. The grandson of former NBA great Elgin Baylor was outstanding in coverage during the passing session at the end of the camp. Baylor used his length well, and he demonstrated an ability to turn and run with a receiver. He accelerates well, and his first few steps are quick. GeorgiaKentuckyLouisvilleMarylandNorth CarolinaPittsburghTennesseeRutgersMinnesota and Syracuse each extended offers.


CB, Noah Boykin, Washington (D.C.) Woodson

Boykin has tremendous length and he was smooth. He tracked the ball well while locating the receiver on deep passes, and his ability to flip his hips and run with the receiver stood out. In drills, Boykin was low and comfortable in his back pedal, and he exploded forward. He attacked the ball well. He was at Maryland's spring game Saturday and he plans to visit Pittsburgh, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee in the coming months. He also talks regularly with Syracuse, Temple, NC State and North Carolina a lot. 


DT, Austin Fontaine, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha

The defensive tackle position had great depth, and Fontaine was a standout. He committed to Maryland during the day before at the spring game, and then did the hometown Terps proud. He was quick and powerful at the snap, and also showed nice technique. He was active with his hands, and used a combination of strength and speed to keep the offensive player off balance. His knee bend was very good, which allowed him to dip his shoulder and get past his opponent.


DT, Ja'mion Franklin, Ridgely (Md.) North Caroline

Franklin manhandled numerous offensive linemen. He showed a quick first step and fast hands. Franklin was also very strong at the point of attack and played with great leverage. Notre Dame is the favorite heading into his July 1 decision, but Duke and Virginia, where he is visiting next, are also schools to watch.


DT, Cam Goode, Washington (D.C.) St. John's

Goode was beyond good. He was dominant. He got off the line of scrimmage quickly and his foot quickness was very good. Even when it looked like he was stopped with an initial punch, he clubbed or dipped his shoulder to get around the offensive lineman and win the rep. His height makes many schools tentative but his performance was exceptional. He is being recruited the hardest by Virginia Tech but ArizonaMichigan State and Wake Forest are also talking to him a lot.


CB, A.J. Lytton, Upper Marlboro (Md.) Wise

Lytton frustrated receivers throughout the day. He was smooth in and out of his backpedal. Lytton was very physical and aggressive. He changed directions fluidly and broke quickly on the football. Lytton has a top five of Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland and Penn State.


DE, John Morgan, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha

Morgan was dynamic off the edge. His combination of speed and quickness overwhelmed many of his opponents. Morgan showed good flexibility and was able to beat offensive linemen inside and outside. He took countless reps and was relentless. He is being recruited as an outside linebacker/defensive end hybrid by many and Pittsburgh, Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers and Virginia Tech are recruiting him hardest.


OLB, Brandon Smith, Mineral (Va.) Louisa County

The 2019 prospect is a long, athletic linebacker. Smith showed the ability to read and react quickly. He was instinctive and played fast, but under control. Smith also took good angles and closed quickly. He has offers from Duke, Maryland, Penn State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.


CB, Judson Tallandier, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha

Tallandier was the defensive backs MVP, and his talent was on display in many ways. In drills, he was low and had good bend, then exploded out of his backpedal. In coverage, he mixed up pressing receivers and playing off and turning and running with the receiver. Forget completing the ball against him, it was tough for receivers to find open space. MarylandSyracuseMinnesotaTemplePittsburgh and Rutgers are recruiting him the hardest.


DT, Taron Vincent, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

The Ohio State commit was a disruptive force throughout the event. He was explosive off the ball and had quick hands. Vincent also played with great leverage and power. He showed why he is the top defensive tackle in the country with a stellar performance in returning to his former stomping grounds to stomp the competition.

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