There continues to be some discussion about where 2017 defensive back prospect Adam Beck belongs at the next level, cornerback or safety? Well, one thing is for sure: he can flat-out play football. Beck made several plays on the ball during 1-on-1 action and half skeleton. He possesses great size for a corner and the frame potential to even grow into a big safety if that's the position he plays in college. The reality is he'll very likely have some position-flexibility and welcome versatility at the next level.
Few players are as explosive off the edge as top 100 four-star defensive end K'Lavon Chaisson. The long, lean, athletic pass-rusher has ample space to add good weight and will be able to maintain and even improve his already great athleticism as he does. He showed his usual high-intensity, relentless nature during 1-on-1's. Chaisson will be able to play even-front end or odd-front standing edge rusher at the high-major level.
We first saw 2018 defensive end Michael Matus take over on the big stage in December, when he earned Texas Class 6A Division II state championship game Defensive MVP honors with a stellar performance in Katy's perfect season-clinching win against Lake Travis at NRG Stadium in Houston. Matus once again caught our eye Sunday, when he tested through the roof. He measured 6-foot-1 1/2, 227 pounds while running a 4.87 40 and a spectacular shuttle time for a pass-rusher (4.35). He also recorded a vertical of almost 37 inches for an outstanding Nike Football Rating of 116.46.
Four-star cornerback Elijah Molden was 1 of 2 defensive prospects to earn his second invitation to The Opening Finals in as many years. Molden was great as usual, displaying his instinctive nature and anticipation on a regular basis. Molden is a go-getter who isn't afraid to mix it up with bigger receivers. He's physical while also being athletic enough to turn and run when needed.
Simply put, Dylan Moses had one of the best performances regardless of position, showing exactly why he's a five-star prospect and No. 2 overall in the 2017 Scout 300. Moses was a terror against the camp's running backs in the "Cat-and-Mouse" drill and showed the same great burst and mobility in the half skeleton session to end the camp. Moses earned his second consecutive invitation to The Opening Finals.
One of the top under-the-radar defensive prospects at Sunday's camp may not remain under-the-radar for long. Defensive tackle Langston Murray was a tough assignment for offensive linemen during 1-on-1 action, showing his powerful style and high motor. Murray, who's from rural Northwest Louisiana, has earned two FBS offers so far, but this spring could get busier for him once the tape from Sunday's camp gets out.
An athletic player who has experience on both sides of the ball, LSU four-star commit Patrick Queen excelled on the defensive side at The Opening Houston, earning the Linebacker MVP award for his efforts. He performed well in the "Cat-and-Mouse" drill thanks to a his aggressiveness and lateral mobility. Queen is the type of defender who should excel playing in space at the P5 level.
Another camp, another chance for us to talk about 2017 four-star inside linebacker Mohamed Sanogo, already made this list once a few weeks ago after The Opening Dallas. Well, Sanogo looked even better this time around, measuring 6-foot-2, 237 pounds and running an eye-opening 4.73-second 40 during the morning testing session. Sanogo was good in the "Cat-and-Mouse" drill vs. running backs and continues to show improvement in his lateral agility while maintaining his trademark physical, in-the-box mentality.
Kobie Whiteside kicked off what could be a busy next several weeks with a strong performance at The Opening Houston. He's a bull at the point of attack and a hand full for just about any offensive linemen. Whiteside, who we first noticed as a quality defensive tackle prospect in Jan. 2014 at a Houston-area Next Level Athlete camp, has picked up a hand full of G5 offers, but should get more and more recruiting attention in the near future.
Recently ascending to the No. 1 overall spot in the state of Texas for the 2017 class, five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson lived up to expectations to Sunday's camp. He's a massive interior defender who has managed to improve his quickness at the snap and overall close-quarters explosion while simultaneously getting larger. A 6-foot-4, 329-pound D-tackle going 5.17 in the 40 and scoring a 100.68 Nike Football Rating is downright absurd. Wilson is headed to Oregon in July for The Opening Finals.