USAAAB: East Defense Preivew

Defensive tackle is a position to watch for the East squad in this year's U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Defensive line
There is some nice talent on the defensive line, particularly in the middle, and it is led by the thick, strong and quick Khairi Clark of Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade Madonna. He is committed to Miami, and at 6-foot-2, 320 pounds, he plays a very good center of gravity and he very quick. He is's No. 2 defensive tackle in the class, and leads a talented group.

Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes four-star defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi, who is uncommitted and looking at Virginia Tech, Penn State, Florida State and Ohio State, is another dominating force inside because of his speed and strength. His burst is also very good, and the No. 4 defensive tackle in the class could be a breakout player at the event.

The No. 13 defensive tackle in the class, Travonte Valentine of Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic, is committed to Miami but making other visits. He is a big kid (6-4, 300) with very good athleticism. He gets off the ball very well and has the strength to overpower offensive linemen.

Five of the top 17 defensive tackles in the class are on the East squad, with the fourth being uncommitted Matt Elam of Elizabethtown (Kent.) John Hardin. He is a big, thick run stopper who is focused on Alabama and Kentucky.

The other defensive tackle is Tucker (Ga.) High's Elisha Shaw, who is looking hard at Alabama and Georgia as well as a few others. He is quick off the ball and has very good feet.

At the defensive end slot, Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett four-star Dante Sawyer, who is ranked No. 23 at his position, recently committed to South Carolina. He can get to the quarterback and is also strong against the run.

Another recent commit, Greenville (N.C.) Junius Rose's Kentavius Street, brings good hands and quick feet to the defensive end spot. He is committed to North Carolina State.

The other defensive end is Maryland commit Jesse Aniebonam, who played at Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel. Aniebonam plays with a high motor and can chase plays down from behind.

At one time, Bryson Allen Williams of Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove was committed to South Carolina, but he is now looking at other schools. He is a 6-2, 220 pound outside linebacker who runs well and has good burst.

Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School's Richard Yeargin was an early commit to Notre Dame and he plans on honoring it. He is long and plays well in space.

Shaun HamiltonA> of Montgomery (Ala.) Carver is a soft commit to Alabama who is best suited to play in the middle, and is the lone uncommitted player among the linebackers. Norcross (Ga.) High middle linebacker prospect Kevin Mouhon, who is committed to Tennessee, is thick and plays with fire and aggressiveness. He is at his best playing downhill and delivering big hits.

Another linebacker to watch is the highest rated linebacker on the East in No. 9 middle linebacker Korie Rogers of Buford (Ga.) High. The Clemson commit is a good tackler who already has the size and strength to play in college.

Defensive backs There is a ton of depth in the secondary and the highest rated player at the safety spot is No. 6 Erick Smith of Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville. The uncommitted Smith is a big hitter who runs well and closes on balls nicely.

The No. 14 safety in the class, Todd Kelly Jr. of Knoxville (Tenn.) Webb School, plays well downhill a with the play in front of him, and he can cover sideline-to-sideline.

Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway safety Montae Nicholson, who committed to Michigan State last week, said is solid moving into the box against the run and can also turn his hips and cover down the field.

The top cornerback on the East is No. 8 Marshon Lattimore of Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville. The uncommitted Lattimore has good ball skills and fluid hips to turn and run with a receiver. Quitman (Ga.) Brooks County four-star Malkom Parrish, who is committed to Georgia, tackles well and has the ability to play physical off the line of scrimmage.

Florida State commit Treon Harris of Miami Booker T. Washington is best known in high school for his running skills as a quarterback, but he is quick and fast, and he has the ability to cover all over the field as a cornerback.

Auburn commit Nick Ruffin of Atlanta St. Pius X is a tremendous athlete who can cover and change directions well. He can play either cornerback or safety, and could find himself at safety in this game.

Plantation (Fla.) High's Chris Lammons, who is committed to Florida, doesn't have the best size (5-9) but he is aggressive and physical, and he is a tremendous athlete.

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