Semper Fi Bowl: Breaking Down the Top Defensive Players for the West Squad

Dec. 30 -- The West team has several intriguing players worth watching this week. Here's our look at the top defensive players to keep your eye on.

The Defensive Line:

The DL group could be the strongest position for the West team on either side of the ball. Isaiah ChambersAmani Bledsoe and Andrew Fitzgerald are a trio of Scout 300 defensive ends that will be very tough to block.

Chambers is one of the highest rated players in the game, coming in at No. 80 in the Scout 100. The TCU commit has size, speed and play making skills and should cause a ton of havoc for the East squad. 

Bledsoe has a college body right now and has the talent to make an early impact in college. He's currently looking at BaylorKansasNC StateOklahoma and Oregon Ducks. Fitzgerald is a Texas commit and will be fun to watch coming off the edge. Amir Watts, who's looking at MinnesotaNebraskaPittsburghRutgers and Syracuse and Jerrion Nelson, looking at Bowling GreenIowa StatePurdue and Toledo round out the defensive ends.

Moving inside, UCLA commit Osa Odighizuwa is very strong and quick off the ball. He's a national wrestling champion and shows a nice upside to him. Marcel Southall, one of the hottest prosects in the Southwest is very intriguing as well. He has offers from major power programs all over the country and could be an Oklahoma lean but Mississippi, Florida and Texas are still trying as well.

Jovan Swann, focusing on Indiana, IowaNorthwesternStanford and Vanderbilt rounds out the tackles. 

The Linebackers:

Oklahoma has a pair of 'backer commit in this game with Jon-Michael Terry and Bryce Youngquist. Terry is a tough, physical kid and Youngquist is one of the most athletic players in the region. 

In terms of pure football instincts, they don't get much better than Nebraska commit JoJo Domann. Domann is a hybrid type who can play safety or linebacker but you can bet he'll be making a ton of plays wherever he's lined up.

Wisconsin commit Noah BurksBYU commit Keenan Pili and Ryan Boehm, lead the rest of the linebacker corp.

The Defensive Backs:

If the DL isn't the strongest overall position, then it's probably the defensive backs, with a nice complement of safeties and corners.

Oregon commit Jared Mayden is rated the No. 55 prospect in the country and a special talent. He's a legitimate shut down corner with track speed on a 6-1 frame. He's a player with NFL upside and should see the field right away in Eugene.

Parrish Cobb is a Scout 300 corner and yet another Sooner commit in this game. He has great feet and always competes at a high level. Troy Warner just solidified his commitment to BYU Cougars after giving USC Trojans a very hard look. He has the skillset and athleticism to play corner or safety.

USC commit C.J. Pollard is another versatile player who played a ton of corner this past year but will play safety for the Trojans. Oregon State commit Shurod Thompson is a big, hard hitting safety who missed much of the summer and sat out the first five games of his season due to a transfer so we're excited to see where his game is at right now.

Baylor commit Kenan IvyIsaiah Simmons, who's considering Arizona StateKansasKansas StateMissouri and Nebraska and South Dakota State commit Joshua Manchigiah round out the secondary. 

Missouri commit Tucker McCann will handle the kicking and punting duties. 


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