USAAAB: East Top-Five Defense Tuesday

Erick Smith

Several top prospects impressed on defense during Tuesday's United States Army All-American Bowl practice. Who were Tuesday's top-five defensive players?

Once again, the Scout recruiting team was on hand at Tuesday's United States Army All-American Bowl practice. Here were the day's top-five defensive players.

Erick Smith. Cleveland Glenville. Safety. Will decide Saturday between Alabama, Ohio State and Michigan State.

Smith has been a player moving up in the rankings the past month, and he was the top overall defensive performer on Tuesday. He will play safety in college, but he played cornerback Tuesday and locked up several top receivers in coverage.

Montae Nicholson. Monroeville (PA) Gatweway. Safety. Committed to Michigan State.

Had another interception after grabbing two on Monday, and once again showed the ability to break on the football and cover a tremendous amount of ground.

Travonte Valentine. Hialeah (FL) Champagnat. Defensive tackle. Committed to Miami.

The big guy played hard and made plays in the offensive backfield throughout Tuesday's practice. He played well Monday, and followed it up with an even better performance on Tuesday. A run plugger in the middle.

Dante Sawyer. Suwanee (GA) North Gwinett. Defensive end. Committed to South Carolina.

Was impressive coming off the edge, and gave every offensive tackle problems. Used his strength and quick first step to disrupt things defensively.

Richard Yeargin. Fort Lauderdale University School. LInebacker. Committed to Notre Dame.

Used his length and athletic ability all over the field, and appears to be a player that will be able to play early for the Fighting Irish. Very intelligent player, that recognizes offensive tendencies as they happen.

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