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NLA 7v7: Top 10 Defense
The New Level Athletics 7-on-7 stopped at North Hudson Park over the weekend and a ton of talent came out to show their skills. In the end, the Virginia Thoroughbreds beat Philly's Finest to win the title, but players from across the region stood out. Here is a look at our Top 10 defensive players from the two-day event. 1. M.J. Stewart, DB, Yorktown High, Arlington, Va. Breakdown: Stewart was the best and most consistent defensive back during the event. He was physical at the line of scrimmage, showed loose hips to change direction and exploded nicely to break up passes. He was able to stay in tight coverage and was able to track to ball as well. 2. Jalen Tabor, CB, Friendship Collegiate, Washington, D.C. Breakdown: Tabor is the guy with all the eyes on him, and quarterbacks either wanted to test him or wanted nothing to do with him. It was a mix, and while we've seen Tabor looked better, he was still one of the top players at the event. He is smooth in his back pedal, he breaks on the ball well, he's long and he can close. 3. Trace McSorley, S, Briar Woods High, Ashburn, Va. Breakdown: McSorely plans on going to college to play quarterback, but he is one heckuva safety as well. He played both sides in the event, and he stood out in the secondary. He demonstrated strong instincts and an ability to get to either sideline on passes down the field. His change of direction needs some work, but he showed good straight ahead acceleration. 4. John Reid, CB, St. Joseph's Prep, Philadelphia Breakdown: Sometimes Reid is so quiet you don't even notice him …until you look on the field. The 2015 standout continues to impress in every event he attends, and this was no different. He is 5-foot-10, but he is long, can turn incredibly fast and has superb body control. Reid tracked and closed on balls well, was able to stay on a receiver's hip out of breaks and covered down the field. 5. Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, St. Peter's Prep, Jersey City, N.J. Breakdown: Fitzpatrick is smoooooth. So much so it sometimes looks effortless for the class of 2015 standout. He is long and athletic, turns quickly and he has a very good feel for the game. He backpedals well and has very good balance, which allows him to change direction easily. He plays with confidence, and he can be physical. 6. Daron Roper, CB, Milford Academy, New Berlin, N.Y. Breakdown: College coaches will check the measurables come training camp for Roper during his post-graduate season in upstate New York, but this weekend he was one of the best players on the field. The 5-9, 165-pounder was technically sound in his backpedal and ability to read the quarterback. He jammed well at the line of scrimmage and was always on the receiver's hip. It was a big day for Roper, who prepped at Rush-Henrietta (N.Y.) High. 7. Daquan Worley, CB, Coatesville (Pa.) High Breakdown: Worley was physical at the line of scrimmage and didn't mind lining up nose-to-nose with the receiver. He was physical and showed an ability to come in and out of breaks in coverage. There were a few instances where tracking the ball was an issue, but it still resulted in an incomplete pass. Just not an interception. 8. Anthony Davis, CB, Gateway High, Monroeville, Pa. Breakdown: Davis used his length well, and kept many of the plays in front of him. He read the quarterback and was able to break on the ball, and also showed an ability to change directions quickly. His backpedal seemed effortless at times. 9. Zaire Franklin, LB, La Salle College High, Philadelphia Breakdown: To shine at linebacker is not easy in a 7-on-7, but Franklin looked good in coverage. He was able to pick up the running back quickly and cover in the slot, and on a few occasions follow the play down the field. He didn't show tremendous acceleration, but he did show he can cover from a middle linebacker position. 10. Robbie Robinson, Phoebus High, Hampton, Va. Breakdown: Robinson is young, but his potential was old display and shows why he already has an Old Dominion offer. He transitioned well in and out of breaks and he is fluid, but because of his age, strength was an issue. That will change, but he showed good instincts and will certainly be a kid to watch for the next few years.
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