February 24, 2013

NLA Sunday: Top defensive performers


Some of the best players in the Sunshine State converged on the Florida Space Coast on Sunday for the final day of the NLA 7-on-7 Southeast Regional Tournament. Here are the top defensive players from the final day of action.

NLA DEFENSIVE TOP PERFORMERS
1. S Edward Paris, Mansfield (Texas) Timberview (2014)
Paris has said that he wants to play cornerback in college, but there's no doubt that he has the physicality normally found in terrific safeties. His size and speed allow him to jam just about anyone who lines up against him at the line of scrimmage. If someone does get by him, his ball skills help him make up space while the ball is in the air.

2. CB Quincy Wilson, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School (2014)
Wilson's day didn't get off to the best start as he allowed a couple of deep routes to get behind him, but all-in-all, this cornerback prospect had a terrific weekend. He highlighted Sunday's play with an acrobatic interception that left on-lookers buzzing for the rest of the afternoon.

3. ILB Kain Daub, Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood (2014)
Daub had his second consecutive solid day in pass coverage, despite being lined up against smaller, shiftier players. His team didn't make it to the finals, but it wasn't because of anything Daub did. He shut down the middle of the field, despite not being able to deal the kind of blows that highlight his in-season game.

4. DB Alex Jasmin, Melbourne (Fla.) (2014)
Jasmin was a member of the hometown Space Coast team that made a surprising run to the tournament's semifinals. With nice size and good footwork, Jasmin was able to stay with, and in some cases, shut down highly touted players. He's yet to nab his first offer, but the offseason could be very good to Jasmin if he continues to play like he did over the weekend.

5. DB Shawn Towner, Gulfport (Miss.) Harrison Central (2015)
Towner played both safety and corner on Sunday and his versatility served his team well. Despite being slightly undersized (5-10, 160), Towner wasn't afraid to engage wide receivers at the line of scrimmage. He's barely past the midway point of his high school career, but Towner could turn into a player to watch in Mississippi in the future.

6. OLB Renard Cheren, Lake Worth (Fla.) Park Vista (2014)
Cheren is a long, lean linebacker who plays bigger than his 6-foot, 190-pound frame. During one sequence on Sunday, Cheren was playing middle linebacker and leaped up to make an interception, despite playing barely five yards off the line of scrimmage. The pass was intended for a receiver downfield, but Cheren's leaping ability and nice hands led to a big play for his squad.

7. LB Frank Newman, Homestead (Fla.) (2014)
Newman had an impressive day on Sunday, providing a calming presence for his team during a couple of emotional contests. He plays both ways in high school and his versatility was on display throughout the entire tournament. Newman spent the weekend playing middle linebacker and showed the ability to run with backs out of the backfield, as well as cover slot receivers down the field when needed.




 

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