Notre Dame commits, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, ACC, Pac-12 targets in defensive Top 10 at The Opening New Jersey

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Scout takes a look at the Top 10 defensive players from Sunday's The Opening Regional at the New York Jets' practice facility.

The line group was the best on the defensive side, and Notre Dame commit Jayson Ademilola led the way. He was quick, explosive, fast and violent with his hands and powerful. His work rate was fantastic, and he was difficult to block all day. He and his brother, Justin Ademilola, are committed to the Irish, but schools continue to push hard for them. Ohio State and Alabama are showing a lot of interest, but both players say they are staying with the Irish.

Tyler Friday played with power and speed. He stayed low at the snap and his ability to cover ground in his first three steps stood out. The Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco standout was physical and used his hands well. His change of direction was top notch. He made recent visits to Ohio StateMichiganPenn State and Rutgers (twice in one week), and said he is open with his recruitment.

Hightstown (N.J.) Peddie linebacker Javar Garrett, who is committed to Virginia, showed a good change of direction, body control and acceleration. His length is an asset and he was explosive. In coverage, he improved his lateral movement and drop back ability since his junior season.

The combination of length and balance around the edge stood out for defensive end Dorian Hardy. He got off the line of scrimmage quickly and stayed lowed. His length allowed him to get the offensive lineman's hands off of him quickly. He said his focus is on Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers and Pittsburgh.

Class of 2019 cornerback Nyquee Hawkins of Orange (N.J.) High spent time at safety, and his ability to cover deep down the field and also drive on the ball in front of him. Hawkins plays with speed yet is always in control. His ability to open his hips and run with a receiver was outstanding. He made recent trips to Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State, and he is planning a host of other visits, including ones to North CarolinaVirginia Tech and Stanford, where he will attend a junior day this month.

P.J. Mustipher is intriguing because his skill set as an offensive guard, but he likes defensive tackle and the Owings Mills (Md.) Mc Donogh showed well. He was fast, showed a good change of direction and his combination of length and lower body strength gave offensive linemen fits. His acceleration stood out. Mustipher is concentrating on Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Notre Dame and Michigan State.

The best player at the event was Micah Parsons, who worked out mostly at linebacker, but dominated the few defensive line reps he took and also showed his ball skills and athleticism running routes as a tight end. His speed, athleticism, change of direction, acceleration and desire to compete stood out. The one-time Penn State commit said he is looking hard at a number of schools, including the Nittany Lions, Florida StateGeorgia, Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State.

When given the opportunity to play press coverage, cornerback Jarrett Paul of Paramus (N.J.) Catholic excelled. The Rutgers commit rode receivers down the sideline, and sometimes out of bounds, without losing sight of the football. He was not as consistent when asked to drop back into coverage or play off his man, but he showed quick feet and strong technique.

Shayne Simon, who played defensive back, showed his ability to drive on a ball and also his speed down the field. He got to the sideline well and he tracked the ball. His footwork was clean when he changed directions. The Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep made recent visits to UCLAStanford, Notre Dame, Michigan and Ohio State, and Rutgers remains heavily involved in his recruitment.

One of the smoothest players was safety Isheem Young of Philadelphia Imhotep. He made it look so easy, even when he was reaching over his head to intercept a pass 40 yards down the field. His backpedal was effortless and he transitioned into running to a receiver easily. He stayed low and exploded well on balls in front of him. Young is still open, and his visits lately were limited to Penn State and Maryland. He is planning trips to Ohio State, West VirginiaLSU and Alabama, North Carolina and he added more schools will be involved as well.

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