Washington, D.C. NFTC: Defensive Preview

Five-star safety Quin Blanding

A look at some of the top prospects expected to be at the Washington, D.C. NFTC this Sunday.

Defensive Line

Andrew Brown out of Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith, the 3rd-ranked defensive end in the country, will be the top defensive lineman at the camp. The five-star prospect claims scholarships from across the country, but is down to 10 schools – Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Three four-star prospects – Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor defensive end Jalyn Holmes, Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi and four-star Alexandria (Va.) T.C. Williams defensive tackle Jeremiah Clarke – will all be in attendance.

Other defensive lineman to watch include defensive end Ricky Leonard (projected as a tight end) from Middletown (Md.), defensive end Deonte Holden from Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha, defensive tackle Nyquan Harris from Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor and Tyler Powell from Midlothian (Va.) Cosby.

Three impressive underclassman are also set to attend. They are 2015 defensive tackle Tim Settle from Manassas (Va.) Stonewall Jackson, 2015 defensive tackle Harry Lewis from Hampton (Va.) Phoebus and 2016 defensive end Rashawn Smith out of Baltimore (Md.) Calvert Hall.


The top linebacker slated to attend is four-star Woodberry Forest (Va.) prospect Greer Martini, who is committed to Notre Dame. He is the 20th-ranked outside linebacker in the 2014 class.

Richmond (Va.) Benedictine linebacker Raymon Minor will possibly be in attendance. His recruitment has exploded over the last few months and he is approaching 20 offers. Aaron Glover from Virginia Beach (Va.) Princess Anne will also be at the camp.

2015 linebacker Jahvoni Simmons from Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes will also participate on Sunday. He is one of the top sophomores in Virginia.

Defensive Backs

Quin Blanding out of Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside will be the top safety at the event. Blanding, a Virginia commit, is a five-star prospect and 2nd-ranked safety in the country.

Another notable safety scheduled to attend is Upper Marlboro (Md.) Wise four-star prospect Marcus Allen, who holds more than 20 offers. Three-star prospects in attendance will include Daejuan Funderburke from Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy, C.J. Reavis from Chester (Va.) Thomas Dale, M.J. Stewart from Arlington (Va.) Yorktown and Kobie Walker out of Olney (Md.) Our Lady Good Counsel. All four have several scholarship offers. Georgia Tech commit and Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga's Miles Taylor will also compete on Sunday.

Jalen Tabor is the top cornerback slated to attend. The four-star Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy standout is the 5th-ranked cornerback in the country. He recently named Florida, Vanderbilt and Tennessee as his top schools.

Other 2014 cornerbacks in attendance will be Chesapeake (Va.) Grassfield's Vincent Lowe (projected as a running back) and Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly's Alameen Murphy.

Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher's standout Garrett Taylor, who already has double-digit scholarship offers, leads an impressive group of 2015 cornerbacks slated to attend. Jamez Brickhouse from Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside, Kareem Ali from Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek and Nhyre Quinerly of Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor will also compete on Sunday.

For more from the 2013 Nike Football Training Camps, check Scout.com's Nike Football Training Camp Coverage.

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