Scout's Top 5 Defensive Performers in Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Jan. 11 -- Scout breaks down its top five defensive performers in Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl, led by five-star prospect Jack Jones ...

Jack Jones showed exactly why he's a longtime Scout five-star prospect. The No. 2 athlete prospect in the country and No. 18 overall recruit in the 2016 Scout 300, Jones recorded a game-best eight tackles and put the cherry on top of the West's blowout win with a fourth-quarter interception from his own end zone that he returned out to his own 25-yard line. Jones was without a doubt the best defensive back on the West roster throughout the course of the week's practices and backed up those performances with his effort in Saturday's game. AlabamaOklahomaTexas A&MUCLA, and USC are contenders for Jones.

Miami three-star cornerback commit Tyler Byrd made his presence felt early and often. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound corner, who has been committed for almost a year to Miami, enjoyed a big first half that saw him intercept a pass in his own end zone and return it about 25 yards, and also block a West PAT and return it about 80 yards for the East's first two points of the game. He's got good size for a corner and has the type of hard-nosed style that could translate to nickel and safety if needed.

LSU-bound four-star defensive end/linebacker Erick Fowler was all over the field for the West squad, tracking sideline to sideline from his outside linebacker position throughout the game. Fowler finished tied for second on the West with five tackles, which was also how many Washington-bound four-star outside linebacker Camilo Eifler recorded. Fowler could potentially play even-front end, odd-front hybrid outside linebacker, and after seeing him this week, maybe even be outside/inside-flexible in an even-front scheme.

Florida State defensive end/outside linebacker commit Josh Brown was very active playing OLB for the East. In the first half alone, Brown recorded a tackle for loss, forced a fumble, and leaped to bat down a pass at the line of scrimmage. At 6-foot-3 1/2, 212 pounds, Brown possesses some position-flexibility and scheme-versatility.

Byron Murphy, a four-star athlete who played cornerback, capped a strong Army Bowl week with a solid performance in Saturday's game. He had one of the West's three interceptions and finished with three tackles as well. At 5-foot-11, 168 pounds, Murphy has a long, wiry strong frame that could serve him well at cornerback if that's where he indeed ends up in college. Arizona StateTexas A&MUSC, and Washington are in contention for Murphy.

Honorable Mention

-- Scout's John Garcia contributed to this report.


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