Top Performers: Defense

Junior defensive end Corey Malone-Hatcher made our list of top performers on defense from the Irish Invasion. So did new commit Jalen Elliott, who played strong in coverage.

Carlos Becker - safety - Kissimmee, Fla. 

Becker has good length and looks all of his listed 6-foot-3 with long arms. He showed a knack for making plays close to the line of scrimmage and also exhibited good anticipation in the open field. N.C. State, Ohio State and Kentucky are among his early standouts, but he has yet to officially trim his list. Notre Dame made an important impression simply by getting him on campus.

Jalen Elliott - safety - Chesterfield, Va. 

Elliott kicked off the Irish Invasion commitments before camp even got going. Once it the event started, Elliott looked the part physically. He plays low and has good hip flexibility, plus interacted well with defensive backs coach Todd Lyght and led the defensive backs through drills. Elliott is on the raw side from a technical standpoint, but that’s no surprise since he played quarterback last season. 

Tomon Fox - defensive end - Suwanee, Ga. 

Fox impressed with his willingness to get work against competition outside his home area. He was first in the drills and got praise from defensive line coach Keith Gilmore during individual drills for pass rushing technique. Fox might not have prototypical length, but he’s well built and beat offensive tackles with speed to the outside. Fox will head from Notre Dame to North Carolina for a visit. It could come down between the two. 

Devin Studstill - safety - Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 

Studstill played the part of a ball hawk and featured the type of aggressiveness that works in the box. An energy player, he was scrappy and made up for being undersized with good instincts. Florida, Notre Dame and West Virginia make up his top three, and a decision should come before the start of the season. Notre Dame could emerge as the team to beat following this weekend.  

Corey Malone-Hatcher - defensive end - St. Joseph, Mich. (2017) 

Irish Invasion marked the end of a busy week for Malone-Hatcher, who also camped at Michigan and Michigan State. He showed quick feet during ladder drills and good technique when Gilmore asked players to work with their hands. He played a standup defensive end/outside linebacker role during one-on-ones. Twice he won reps with speed to the outside. Junior offensive tackle Jedrick Wills battled him to a draw. Michigan is considered the other major contender. Michigan State is in the mix as well. Malone-Hatcher wants to return to Alabama, but it’s clear he’ll stay close to home. Top Stories