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

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

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

Courtesy: Barry Every / National Underclassmen Combine
          Release: April 25, 2012
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Cincinnati, Ohio - Over 110 invite-only participants took part in the NUC Midwest Five-Star Showcase held at Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Though the weather was cool and damp it did not dictate the effort level of the campers. This group of talented football stars proved to be attentive, coachable, and very competitive. Below are the top defensive performers on the day as seen by NUC National analyst, Barry Every.
Defensive Line
Logan Dziak, Buckeye Valley, OH (2014)
Official Size: 6-3, 277
Assets: Dziak has the build of lean, mean, fighting black bear. His upper body is thick and muscular with the legs to match. He came off the ball like his hair was on fire over powering less athletic offensive lineman with his strength and vivacious tenacity. During the one-on-ones his favorite move was bull rushing the centers and guards straight back into the pocket. He was given serious consideration for the Top Underclassmen award.
Development: He needs to keep his head up and use his full arm length to keep offensive lineman off his body. I would also like to see him add to his repertoire of pass rushing moves. Dziak should grow into a muscular beast making him a heavily recruited player.

Jacob Hyde, Clay County, KY (2013)
Official Size: 6-2, 339
Assets: Hyde possesses a huge upper body with very athletic legs for a big man. He comes off the ball like a charging rhino collapsing the pocket using his powerful bull rush. His hand continually hammered the offensive lineman like small battering rams. He had little mercy on his opponents during the one-on-ones. Hyde is a high effort kid that just loves to compete. He came in a close second for the DL MVP award.
Development: He relies too much on his size and strength to overpower offensive lineman while pass rushing. He will need to develop some other moves if he wants to be an effective pass rusher in the SEC. One thing is for sure, you can't move this guy off the ball in the running game.
Offers: Kentucky Commitment

John Stepec, Lake Catholic, OH (2013)
Official Size: 6-3.5, 242
Assets: Stepec has no bad body weight on his 6-foot-3, 240-pound frame. He physically looks the part of a strong side defensive end. He proved very quick off the ball while possessing enough strength to overpower most of the offensive tackles in this camp. There was no doubt that he is a high-motor, high energy performer similar to former SEC Star David Pollack.
Development: He really needs to work on his pad level at the point of attack. He plays too high at the point of attack allowing the offensive tackle to get good hand placement.
Offers: Bowling Green, Kent State, Miami of Ohio, Syracuse, Toledo, Western Michigan

Mike Tyler, Brecksville Broadview Heights, OH (2013)
Official Size: 6-5, 214
Assets: He has the long lean frame that poses problems for offensive tackle. But it was his high speed get-off that allowed him to run around the offensive lineman in this camp He quickly earned the nickname "Jason Taylor" for his physical assets and pass rushing dominance. Tyler is athletic enough to chase plays down from behind and may even be able to project as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense. His superior performance led him to the DL MVP in a deep and talented group of lineman.
Development: There is little doubt that he has the talent to play college football at the highest level. In order for him to play defensive end he will need to add about 25 pounds of muscle mass while maintaining his overall athletic ability. Look for his stock to take off soon.
Offers: Yale
Brandan Campbell, Ostego, MI (2013)
Official Size: 5-11-1/2, 228
Assets: Campbell looks the part of a sawed off thick muscular inside linebacker. He proved to be very physical at the point of attack. When beaten in one-on-ones he flipped his hips and ran stride for stride with almost every running back in the camp. There was little doubt that he is your throwback slobber knocker that will excel on special teams while popping running backs unmercifully in the running game.
Development: Needs to work on not overextending leaving him vulnerable if he misses the jam near the line of scrimmage. He really just needs a tad more experience at linebacker since he plays defensive line and fullback for his high school. Look for MAC schools to be the first to take notice of his skill set.

Gus Madden, Ross, OH (2013)
Official Size: 6-4, 209
Assets: This tall, long, and lean defender has some serious offensive skills for a linebacker. His ability to out jump defenders using his length and superior body control was incredible. When he runs straight ahead he gobbles up huge chunks of yardage in a blink of an eye. He has the ability to turn and run with running backs and that is what set him apart from the other linebackers in this camp. Madden walked away from this camp with the LB MVP. I also think he is versatile enough to project as an athletic hybrid tight end at the next level.
Development: He needs to be more physical at the point of attack with his jam. This is not basketball so physically manhandling receivers within five yards of the line of scrimmage is permissible. Adding some more muscle mass and strength will definitely help this football player reach elite status.

Defensive Backs

Isaiah Gourdine, Farmington, MI (2013)
Official Size: 6-2, 192
Assets: This defensive back has all the physical attributes to become a major DI prospect as a strong safety. He was extremely physical at the line of scrimmage rerouting smaller receivers with a powerful inside punch. He also had the hips to turn and run stride for stride with all the receivers in the camp. His ball skills are above average and it is not entirely out of the question for him to grow into an outside linebacker. Gourdine was a unanimous decision as DB MVP. He also came in a close second to teammate Jordan Degreffenreed for Overall MVP.
Development: His legs are a tad thin at this time so adding some size and strength will only give him more power to light up ball carriers.
Offers: Ball State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, San Diego State

Other Top Performers:
Kevin Brown, DB, Pike, IN (2013); Chad Heineman, DL, Edgewood, OH (2013); Jack Jacoby, LB, Tiffin Columbian, OH (2013); Matt Robinson, DB, Mansfield, OH (2013).
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