UCLA, Oregon, Texas commits on West Semper Fi Top 5 defense

Jan. 3 -- A look at the top players on defense during the week of practice for the West at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

Practice is over and just a Saturday walk-through awaits before Sunday's Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl at the Stubhub Center in Carson, Calif. 

For the West, it was not necessarily the top prospects who had the best week of practice. National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins was on hand at each of the practices, and he came up with the top five performers on defense during the three days of practice.

Top 5

Greg Biggins says: "Texas commit Andrew Fitzgerald was my No. 1 overall guy. He's the defensive lineman. He was great. Size, frame, hands, strength, quickness, physicality, motor, plays hard ...He's an inside-outside guy."

Greg Biggins says: "Amir Watts was probably the best overall player Friday. He was unblockable. Other guys were kind of getting a little tired, but he was the most dominant player. He was in the backfield on every single play disrupting stuff. You couldn't even run plays. He's 6-2, 270, and an inside guy all the way. He's a really good player."

Watts is considering IndianaPittsburgh, Minnesota and Nebraska.

Greg Biggins says: "I was talking to the defensive line coach, and he loved the improvement of Osa Odighizuwa, the UCLA commit. Friday, he might have been the second best player behind Watts. Strong, fast, uses his hands. He's probably starting to figure out how to play at that tempo. He's not thinking so much. He was just reacting. That's probably why he was so good."

Greg Biggins says: "Oregon commit Jared Mayden, he was the best defensive back. He's a special talent. He has size, length, ball skills, athleticism, speed, quickness. He's a Top 50 player easily, and he's probably the No. 1 overall prospect on the West team."

Greg Biggins says: " Isaiah Simmons impressed every day. He's a long, rangy safety. He's a 6-4 kid with pretty good ball skills and he covers a ton of ground."

Simmons is considering Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska and Louisville.

Honorable Mention

Greg Biggins says: "I'm going to go to the defensive line again and Jovan Swann. He had a great first two days and he was consistent throughout. It was just that other guys were probably a little bit better overall. Swann was very consistent. He never had a bad day. The defensive line was, by far, the West's biggest strength and Swann is an inside guy with a great motor, smart kid and very instinctive. He's just a worker."

Biggins said the buzz was Stanford was in the best shape to land Swann.

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