USAAAB: West Day One Top Five 'D'
Kenny Young
Kenny Young
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Dec 30, 2013


San Antonio, Texas -- Here are five players who stood out for the West team on the U.S. Army All-American practice field on day one...

DB Edward Paris

Timberview HS | TX
Team: West
Region: Midlands
Recruiting: LSU

Practice Note: Paris stood out in practice number one. He is a defensive back with great size and quickness. People have tabbed him as a future safety, but shows that he can hang with talented division one receivers and make plays. Towards the second part of practice he was consistently matched up with Frank Iheanacho and was able to lock the 6'7 receiver down. His strength in college may be matching up with the other team's big receiver.

DL Ainuu Taua

Lompoc HS | CA
Team: West
Region: West
Recruiting: UCLA

Practice Note: Taua is not the biggest defensive lineman from a height standpoint, but he is definitely one of the most active. He was easily the most noticeable player on the field with his long hair, but that is not what sticks with you. He is really good and having fun each and every time he blows past offensive linemen.

DB Damon Webb

Cass Tech HS | MI
Team: West
Region: Midwest
Recruiting: Ohio State

Practice Note: Webb is a spirited player. He had one of the day's top defensive plays where he stayed step for step with big-framed receiver Bryce Dixon and was able to sneak in and steal away a pass for an interception. He may come in to Ohio State and push for early playing time.

DL Josh Frazier

Har-Ber HS | AR
Team: West
Region: Southeast
Recruiting: Alabama

Practice Note: Frazier is a load up front. He has continued to climb up the rankings list and after an impressive performance at The Opening and if the first day of practice is any indication that climb is more than justified. He is a true defensive tackle with size, explosion and the ability to overpower very strong offensive linemen. A gap plugger.

LB Kenny Young

John Curtis HS | LA
Team: West
Region: Southeast
Recruiting: Florida State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, UCLA

Practice Note: A linebacker with a great first step and tremendous explosion. He can cover sideline-to-sideline, but showed today that he has elite level pass coverage skills, which is much more of a necessity in today's college game. Linebackers do not get to showcase their hitting skills, but he tracks the ball well.

Greg Powers, Brandon Huffman, Hunter Paniugua, Kevin Flaherty, Annabel Stephan contributed to this report.


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