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Barry Every's NUC Top Performers - The Defense - NUC Five Star Los Angeles Showcase

Barry's Top Performers - The Defense - NUC Five Star Los Angeles Showcase

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Barry's Top Performers - The Defense - NUC Five Star Los Angeles Showcase

Courtesy: Barry Every / National Underclassmen Combine
          Release: April 04, 2012
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Los Angeles, California- The National Underclassmen made its third stop on the Five-Star Showcase circuit. This past Saturday 110 athletes from the West Coast and Rocky Mountain states ascended on the campus of Cathedral High School to compete in the NUC Five-Star Showcase. California athletes dominated the defensive side of the ball except where defensive tackle Dalton Fields of Pine Creek, CO walked away with top honors. Below NUC National Analyst, Barry Every, breaks down his stop performers.
Defensive Line
Dalton Fields, Pine Creek, CO (2013)
Official Size: 6-2, 260
Assets: No defensive lineman looked more impressive on the hoof than this chiseled physical specimen. Fields proved to be a high effort brawler that used excellent pad level and superior strength to pummel interior offensive lineman. The position coach was also very impressed with Fields listening skills and found him a joy to coach. Look for his stock to rise once college coaches meet him in person. He was a unanimous decision as DL MVP.
Development: When Fields becomes more consistent with shooting his hands out when the ball is snapped he will become a real monster. He also needs to work on his hand placement in order to consistently gain control of the offensive lineman.


Linebackers
Beau Hershberger, Granite Bay, CA (2013)
Official Size: 6-1-1/2, 215
Assets: Hershberger is you're prototypical inside linebacker. He just has that look of someone that wants to bust heads. His body structure is excellent as he is ripped from head to toe and he proved to be the hardest worker of the linebacker group. His motor never stops and he proved he has very quick feet. Hershberger's hard work paid off as he earned LB MVP.
Development: He needs to work on his lateral quickness and change of direction. This can be obtained with a good dose of agilities and stretching.


Defensive Backs
Chidobe Awuzie, Oak Grove, CA (2013)
Official Size: 5-11, 175
Assets: Awuzie possesses excellent overall size for a corner back. He is even big enough to play cover safety at the next level. He proved to have hips on a swivel and the physical/mental toughness to player corner at the next level. Awuzie looked competent in both press and off man coverage. He was able to stay low in his backpedal and pounce out of it like an ocelot. His efforts garnered him the DB MVP award.
Development: He needs to keep his intensity at a high level on every play. This can be achieved by being consistent with his technique.

Craig Garette, Mountain Pointe, AZ (2013)
Official Size: 5-10-1/2, 155
Assets: Garette was at his best as a lock down cover corner while in press coverage. He has the desired height, speed, and change of direction to turn and run with all types of receivers. His instincts proved superb as he did a nice job of reading the quarterbacks eyes while in off man coverage allowing him to continually make plays on the ball.
Development: Right now he is rail thin and will need to add some size and strength to have any impact stopping the running game. This size will also help him battle bigger receivers at the line of scrimmage and for jump balls.

Justin Strong, Summit, CA (2013)
Official Size: 5-9-1/2, 177
Assets: Strong is a very physical corner that has the size and strength to take receivers off their intended routes. He also possesses excellent recovery speed as he can get back into the play when beaten off the line of scrimmage. He probably made more plays on the ball while in off man coverage than any other defensive back in the camp by using his instincts to read the quarterback.
Development: Strong must be more consistent with his technique and not get sloppy with his footwork. He also needs to be careful biting on pump fakes which he at times proved susceptible too.

Other Top Performers:
Jason Black, DB, Clovis, CA (2013); Jonathan Lyles, DB, Damien, CA (2013); Lorenzo Melvin, DL, Desert Vista, AZ (2013).
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