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2013 Carolinas Five-Star Showcase - Top Defense

2013 Carolinas Five-Star Showcase - Top Defense
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2013 Carolinas Five-Star Showcase - Top Defense

Courtesy: Barry Every / National Underclassmen Combine
          Release: March 20, 2013
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2013 Carolinas Five-Star Showcase
Barry’s Top Performers
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina- The second leg of the NUC Five-Star Showcase hit Myrtle Beach High School this past Sunday. Nearly one hundred of the top high school players from the Carolinas were on hand to demonstrate their football acumen. Each athlete took part in agilities, position specific drills, one-on-ones and two-on-twos. Below are the defensive players that caught the attention of NUC Vice President and National Analyst Barry Every. The Top Performers are listed by position in alphabetical order.

Derrick Davis, Central Davidson, NC (2014)
Official Size: 6-0-1/2, 274

Davis has excellent overall body structure for playing the interior defensive line position. He uses his hands to keep offensive lineman off his body and he has more than one pass rushing move in his repertoire. But what really stood out about this defensive lineman was his excellent pad level at the point of attack. His strong day earned him the DL MVP award in this camp.

He will need to hold another 20 pounds on his frame while maintaining his overall athleticism. This will allow him to battle huge interior offensive lineman at the next level. He is clearly a FCS level prospect with a good chance of playing ball at the FBS level.

Chris Redmond, Ridge View, SC (2014)
Official Size: 5-11-1/2, 362

This guy can really move for his size. He is very strong at the point of attack with the nimbleness to slide down the line of scrimmage and make plays. He used good pad level and strength to collapse the pocket during one-on-ones. His skill set is ideal for any defense looking for a true 3-technique in the 3-4 defense. Redmond plays with great enthusiasm and is a joy to be around.

I really think his ideal playing weight will be around 335-pounds. This will only improve his overall athletic ability while allowing him to play more snaps in a game. He needs to do some research and find out what colleges play the 3-4 defense. He has the size and strength to engulf more than one offensive lineman at a time.

Jalen Washington, Dillon, SC (2014)
Official Size: 6-3-1/2, 245

This athlete has the size and speed to project as a strong side defensive end. He is quick off the ball using his hands to get underneath the offensive lineman gaining control at the point of attack. Washington has more than one pass rushing move and the size to combat both an offensive tackle and tight end. I felt he had the best day and most potential of any defensive end in this camp.

He could reshape his body just a tad. Though he is not overweight he shifting some of that body weight will improve his strength and quickness. Look for him to project as an FBS level defensive end.

Lyndon Young, Hanahan, SC (2014)
Official Size: 6-0-1/2, 200

Young was the most consistent linebackers during the one-on-ones and two-on-twos. He did a great job of rerouting backs with his jam while showing the ability to turn his hips and drop in coverage. He has the frame to add another 20 pounds of muscle mass. His skill set is ideal for playing outside linebacker in the 4-3 defense. His performance earned him LB MVP. Though I do not know what his academic situation is he impressed me with his ability to articulate during his interview.  He came across as a very sharp individual.

Young struggled a bit during the agility drills. He needs to work on changing directions while keeping his balance. Additional muscle mass will be needed for him to project as a linebacker in college. He definitely has the skills set to play at the FCS level or lower FBS level.
Kaleb Chalmers, Greenwood, SC (2015)
Official Size: 5-10, 170

Chalmers has a nice smooth backpedal and the hips to turn and run with a defender. He looked great going through the agility stations. During the one-on-ones he proved to have the strength and Physicality to battle bigger receivers. Chalmers was able to break up several passes while showing off his closing speed. His strong performance earned him a share of the DB MVP award.

Does he have the top end speed to project as a corner? He will need to add at 15 pounds of muscle mass in order to project as a safety at the collegiate level. College coaches will get plenty of opportunity to evaluate him playing at a high profile school like Greenwood.

Mook Reynolds, Northern Guilford, NC (2015)
Official Size: 5-10, 160

Reynolds already has the ideal height to project as a corner at the next level. But his technique and smooth backpedal are what really set him apart from the other defensive backs in this camp. He comes out of his backpedal very quickly which allows him to make plays on the ball. Reynolds has excellent ball skills which is what college coaches are looking for in a defensive difference maker. His strong day earned him a share of the DB MVP award.

He will need to add about 20 pounds of muscle mass over the next two years. This will improve his durability while giving him some pop in run support. I have no doubt that he will end up projecting as a BCS level cornerback.

Aapri Washington, Southlake Christian, NC (2017)
Official Size: 5-7, 140

Every coach in the camp had Washington ranked in the top five out of a group of 20 defensive backs. The amazing thing about this is the fact he is still in junior high school. Washington has excellent technique and hips on a swivel. This young athlete also possesses very good ball skills. He may have been slightly intimidated early on in the camp but by the time two-on-twos came around he was in his own element. Washington earned the first ever Eighth Grade MVP award given out at a NUC Five-Star Showcase.

The skill set and determination are there for him to have a stellar high school career. The biggest question is how big will he get and that won’t be answered for several years.

Other Top Performers: Dock Corpening, LB, East Rowan, NC (2014); Marquel King, DB, Overhills, NC (2014); Xavier Robinson, LB, North Rowan, NC (2014).
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