UA Preview: White Team Defense

The nation's top linebacker headlines the White Team defense at the UnderArmour All-America Game...

The defense is very strong and six five-star prospects on Scout lead the way. He is a preview by position.

Defensive Line

Two five-star defensive tackles will call the White Team home, including the nation's top defensive tackle prospect, Montravius Adams.  The #7-player in the country overall, he's got a short list that includes Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Georgia.

Another five-star defensive tackle is Auburn commit Dee Liner.  He's been committed to Auburn since before his junior year, and he and Adams should make for a stout 1-2 punch inside.

Two other four-star defensive tackles are on the roster, Michigan verbal Henry Poggi and South Carolina commit Kelsey Griffin.

At defensive end, five-star Joey Bosa from Florida, and a commit to Ohio State, leads a strong group.

Mississippi State commit Chris Jones, a new addition to the Scout 100, has seen his stock skyrocket this season, and was stellar in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game

Auburn verbal Carl Lawson is joined by uncommitted end Tim Williams from Louisiana in rounding out the defensive ends.


The linebacker group is led by the premier 'backer in the country, Reuben Foster out of Alabama.  A one-time commit to both Alabama and Auburn, Foster is back to being open, and he'll take a flurry of visits in January, while several programs are trying to woo him.

Three other linebackers join Foster as uncommitted prospects. 

Trey Johnson from Georgia, Yannick Ngakoue out of Washington D.C. and Quinton Powell from Florida, like Foster, are all Scout 300 backers, and like Foster, will use the month of January to take trips before they make their decisions.

Matt Rolin, who's committed to South Carolina and Michael McCray, who's verbaled to Michigan, round out the linebackers.

Defensive Back

The secondary like the other two position groups is very strong. Both the cornerback and safety positions have a five-star leading the way.

Mississippi native Antonio Conner is the most highly touted safety in the game, a five-star prospect ranked #2 nationally, who's coveted by the two in-state programs as well as Alabama, Georgia and LSU.

Arizona prospect Priest Willis will likely play some safety in the game, but he's a five-star cornerback and the top corner in the West.  Willis' short list includes Arizona State, LSU, Nebraska and UCLA.

Also playing safety is Max Redfield, another Scout 100 prospect who will announce between USC, where he'd been a long time commit before opening it up, and Notre Dame

Louisiana athlete Kendell Beckwith, who's down to Alabama and LSU, much like Landon Collins a year ago, will likely play safety in the game.

The other cornerbacks on the roster include three players from the South, Texas A&M commit Noel Ellis from Louisiana, Miami commit Artie Burns, who's staying home for college and Georgia verbal Shaquille Wiggins, another in-state prospect the Dawgs pulled in.

A pair of Ohio prospects round out the corners, Ohio State verbal Cameron Burrows as well as Gareon Conley, another future Buckeye.

Brandon is in his eighth year with, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the network since 2003.
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