USAAAB: West Defense Preview
Zach Whitley - Alabama Commit
Zach Whitley - Alabama Commit
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Dec 29, 2013


A look at the defensive stalwarts who will be taking the field for the Army Bowl West team...

Defensive Line

DL Nifae Lealao

Capital Christian HS | CA

Team: West
Region: West
Recruiting: Stanford

Eval: His versatility sets him apart, he's capable of playing anywhere on the line in any system and being a difference maker.

DL Trey Lealaimatafao

Warren HS | TX

Team: West
Region: Midlands
Recruiting: Texas

Eval: He is a big-gap plugging defensive tackle, who is built more like a nose guard and is a defensive lineman who chews up space and controls the middle of the field.

DL Sione Teuhema

Keller HS | TX

Team: West
Region: Midlands
Recruiting: Texas

Eval: Pretty impressive player with a high motor. He plays with passion. A speed rusher as an OLB/DE hybrid.

DL Ainuu Taua

Lompoc HS | CA

Team: West
Region: West
Recruiting: UCLA

Eval: He's among the quickest defensive tackles in the country and has incredible hands. He has advanced pass rushing technique and a big time motor.

DL Davin Godchaux

Plaquemine HS | LA

Team: West
Region: Southeast
Recruiting: Florida, LSU, Miami, Ole Miss, UCLA

Eval: Will not be able to participate in the game because of an ACL injury that he suffered early on in the 2013 season. He had surgery to repair that injury on September, 20.

DL Connor Humphreys

Central Catholic HS | OR

Team: West
Region: West
Recruiting: Arizona State

Eval: He's very strong, especially in his lower body and is able to physically manhandle opposing linemen at the HS level.

DL Malik McDowell

Loyola HS | MI

Team: West
Region: Midwest
Recruiting: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State

Eval: He's a pure playmaker, disruptor and pass rusher. He just has to continue to develop, but has an elite set of tools.

DL Solomon Thomas

Coppell HS | TX

Team: West
Region: Midlands
Recruiting: Stanford, Texas, UCLA, Arkansas, Ohio State

Eval: He is tough against the run, but also has the ability to get after the quarterback and wreak some havoc in the backfield.

DL Josh Frazier

Har-Ber HS | AR

Team: West
Region: Southeast
Recruiting: Alabama

Eval: He is one who can eat up a lot of space in the middle, hold his position well, and help collapse the pocket.

DL Bijhon Jackson

El Dorado HS | AR

Team: West
Region: Southeast
Recruiting: Arkansas

Eval: The more you see the more you like. He is very strong at the point of attack, he collapses the pocket.

Linebacker

LB D.J. Calhoun

El Cerrito HS | CA

Team: West
Region: West
Recruiting: Arizona State

Eval: Calhoun is one of the most physical hitters you'll see at the position in the region. He could drop back and play safety or rover or just stay at his natural linebacker spot.

LB Kenny Young

John Curtis HS | LA

Team: West
Region: Southeast
Recruiting: Florida State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, UCLA

Eval: Young is a player that plays with a high level of energy at all times. He plays defense and special teams with aggression.

LB Devante Downs

Mountlake Terrace HS | WA

Team: West
Region: West
Recruiting: California

Eval: Missed senior season with injury but neither that nor the fact he made a verbal commitment during the summer seems to have slowed down his recruitment much as of December 2013.

LB Clifton Garrett

Plainfield HS | IL

Team: West
Region: Midwest
Recruiting: Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee

Eval: Fantastic straight ahead run defender, a big time hitter, and loves contact. He will take on blocks, shed, and make plays after absorbing contact.

LB Dwight Williams

Serra HS | CA

Team: West
Region: West
Recruiting: Oklahoma, UCLA

Eval: A good hitter, but lacks focus at times and will coast through games without maximum effort. Excels in space and in the open field.

LB Nyles Morgan

Crete-Monee HS | IL

Team: West
Region: Midwest
Recruiting: Ole Miss, Vanderbilt

Eval: Has good length and a good frame. He can really run too. He gets to the football quickly and ran down a lot of plays that others wouldn't get to.

LB Zach Whitley

North Shore HS | TX

Team: West
Region: Midlands
Recruiting: Alabama

Eval: He is a bit of a throw-back in the sense that he plays hard and is a player who is present for nearly every snap throughout the entire game.

Defensive Back

ATH Budda Baker

Bellevue HS | WA

Team: West
Region: West
Recruiting: Oregon

Eval: He doesn't have a typical safety frame, but he plays bigger than his size, has very good speed and is a very dangerous returning punts/kicks as well.

DB Brandon Simmons

Timberview HS | TX

Team: West
Region: Midlands
Recruiting: Stanford

Eval: A fun player to watch on film. He has nice frame for the position and seems to just glide across the field. He covers a lot of ground play-to-play.

DB Jaleel Wadood

St. John Bosco HS | CA

Team: West
Region: West
Recruiting: UCLA

Eval: He has corner size but plays safety to take advantage of his play making skills. He has great ball skills, a 6th sense of where to be on the field.

DB Naijiel Hale

St. John Bosco HS | CA

Team: West
Region: West
Recruiting: Arizona State

Eval: Agile, fast and good hips, which are ideal for a corner, but also likes to hit and plays the run like a safety.

DB Edward Paris

Timberview HS | TX

Team: West
Region: Midlands
Recruiting: LSU

Eval: He arrives at the ball carrier with bad intentions and makes sound tackles when he does. He has a knack for the finding the ball.

DB Davion Hall

Liberty-Eylau HS | TX

Team: West
Region: Midlands
Recruiting: Baylor

Eval: A very talented two-way athlete, who coordinators will fight for. He could play safety or wide receiver in college and be a difference maker on either side.

DB Damon Webb

Cass Tech HS | MI

Team: West
Region: Midwest
Recruiting: Ohio State

Eval: Having just played corner as a junior and senior, he is still learning technique. He did not time well in the summer, but has plenty of football speed.

DB C.J. Hampton

Meridian HS | MS

Team: West
Region: Southeast
Recruiting: Ole Miss

Eval: Hampton is known most for his physical style of play at safety, but he can cover too. He has very good closing speed and he has great range.

DB Nick Harvey

Travis HS | TX

Team: West
Region: Midlands
Recruiting: Texas A&M

Eval: He is a fearless hitter and flies to the ball carriers. Cat-like acceleration, allowing him to close quickly.

Specialist

P Clayton Hatfield

Champion | TX

Team: West
Region: Midlands
Recruiting: Baylor, Rice, TCU

Eval: Will handle the punting duties. A local selection.


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