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Scout Looks At The Top Ten Defensive Performers From Nike Opening Regional In Oakland

May 25 -- There was a lot of talent on hand at the Nike Opening Regional Camp in Oakland on Sunday. Here’s our look at the top 10 defensive players we saw at the event...

Here’s our look at the top 10 performers we saw in Oakland and as we always preface, this isn’t a recruiting list based on who the best prospects are. It is a list based solely on who had the best day on Sunday.

Only players in the 2018 class were eligible for this list, we’ll have an All-Underclass Team coming on Wednesday. 

The Top 10:

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Stephan Blaylock, SA, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco

Blaylock is at his best as a punishing downhill safety but showed he can cover on an Island this weekend as well. The future  UCLA Bruin earned an invite to The Opening Finals after the camp and is easily among the nation's best safety prospects. 

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Jevon Holland, ATH, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds

Holland can play corner, receiver or safety in college and had a very good day working with the defensive backs. The  Oregon  commit also landed an invite to The Opening Finals after the camp. 

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Brandon Kaho, LB, Reno (Nev.) 

Kaho has size, speed, strength and versatility and showed he has the talent to play for any school in the country. The BYU  commit had the top Nike Rating in the event and landed an invite to The Opening Finals. 

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Salua Masina, LB, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton

Masina is one of those players who does everything well. He's a very good athlete who can run, change direction, cover out of the backfield and has a non-stop motor. Masina still has a long list of colleges on his list including Arizona StateCalTennessee, UCLA, Utah and Vanderbilt

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Kana'i Mauga, LB, Waianae (Hawaii)

Mauga plays like his hair is on fire and is among the most intense athletes we've seen this year. Mauga has very good film and looks even better in person. Look for his list to expand but Boise State, Cal, Fresno StateOregon StateSan Diego State  and  Washington State are just a few of his offers. 

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Cameron McGrone, LB, 

McGrone made the road trip from the Midwest and it is easy to see why he's among the top defensive players in the region. He's a quick twitch outside 'backer who can run and plays very well in space. McGrone has a big list of schools and has visited IndianaMichiganTennessee and Vandy this off-season. 

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Adam Plant, LB, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman

Plant was our top defensive end of the day. The Arizona commit has a long, athletic frame and has really improved his burst off the edge and overall athleticism in the last year. 

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Steve Stephens, Fresno (Calif.) Edison

Stephens is the premier 'cover safety' out West. Saying that, we actually saw Stephens burned a few times early in one on ones before stepped up his game and showed he is such a highly thought of prospect. The Oregon commit earned an invite to The Opening Finals.

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Chase Williams, ATH, Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt

Williams worked out almost exclusively at corner although he did take a few reps at receiver. The Nebraska commit earned DB MVP honors and earned an invite to The Opening Finals as an athlete, where he could play on both sides of the ball. 

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Eli'jah Winston, LB, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic

We always love the way Winston plays. He's a big bodied linebacker who can play inside or outside in college. He's tough, physical and active and has a high upside. Cal, Notre Dame, Oregon and UCLA are on his short list. 

Five More Who Just Missed The Cut:

Kukea Emmsley, DE, Kapolei (Hawaii)

Kai Golden, DL, Tucson (Ariz.) Mountain View

Omari Harris, LB, Antioch (Calif.) 

D'Angelo McKenzie, DB, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian 

Ryan Nixon, DB, Long Beach Poly (Calif.)


National recruiting analyst Greg Biggins, Mountain/Island recruiting analyst Blair Angulo and Director of Recruiting Brandon Huffman contributed to this list.


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