Charlotte NFTC: Defensive Preview

Darian Roseboro

If you are looking at top defensive prospects, look no further than Charlotte this weekend. On Saturday, many of the best defenders in the Southeast will be competing at the Nike Football Training Camp.

Nearly 300 prospects are expected to be in Charlotte tomorrow at Ardrey Kell High School. Below are the top defensive prospects scheduled to participate.

Defensive Line

The defensive line group will feature several top prospects. The 2015, 2016 and 2017 class will all be represented.

Leading the way at defensive end will be Lincolnton (N.C.) junior Darian Roseboro, who is a member of the Scout 300 and a four-star prospect. Roseboro has a great combination of speed and power. He holds offers from across the country.

Other 2015 defensive ends to watch include Emanuel Olenga, Malik Douglas and Houshun Gaines. All three are very athletic. Olenga holds an offer from Tennessee and is attracting interest from schools such as Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina, N.C. State and West Virginia. Douglas committed to N.C. State last month and Gaines is hearing from Duke, North Carolina, East Carolina and Old Dominion.

Josh Brown and Zach Gilbert will also be on hand. They are two of the best defensive lineman in North Carolina's 2016 class. Brown is attracting interest from across the Southeast, and Florida, Tennessee and Old Dominion have already offered Gilbert

Some defensive tackles to watch will be junior Jalen Cousar, sophomore Christian Colon and freshman Marcus Hawkins.


The top linebacker in Charlotte will be Jahvoni Simmons from Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes. Simmons, a member of the Scout 100 and four-star prospect, is one of the top middle linebackers in the nation. The junior has around 20 offers from schools such as Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State.

Two other middle linebackers to keep an eye on are Hassan Belton and Cole Nigro. Both appear to be on the verge of landing their first scholarship offer and Saturday could help that happen.

A couple of 2016 prospects to watch out for in this group are middle linebacker Garrett Hooker and outside linebacker Bryse Wilson. Both have a lot of potential.

Defensive Back

The defensive back group will be by far the deepest group on this side of the ball.

Clemson commit Van Smith will be the top-ranked 2015 safety at the camp. The Charlotte (N.C.) West Mecklenburg standout is a four-star prospect and the 20th-ranked safety in his class. He is very physical and athletic.

Two other junior safeties in attendance will be Jarius Morehead and Rion Davis. Morehard, a three-star prospect, is down to East Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest. Davis claims an offer from N.C. State and is attracting interest from several ACC and SEC schools.

The 2015 cornerbacks are led by Corey Bell, Kaleb Chalmers, Mike Hughes and Mook Reynolds. All four are very good prospects. Bell, who is from Cornelius (N.C.) Hough, is committed to North Carolina. Chalmers is from Greenwood (S.C.) has offers from Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, South Carolina, Stanford and Tennessee. Hughes, who is out of New Bern (N.C.), is closing in on 20 offers from schools such as Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee. Reynolds is from Greensboro (N.C.) Northern Guilford and is committed to Virginia Tech.

Other corners to watch are Nafees Lyon and Lyrics Klugh.

The 2016 defensive backs are led by four-star Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes playmaker Levonta Taylor. Taylor, who is closing in on 20 offers, is one of the top cornerbacks in the country, regardless of class. He is extremely explosive and will be one of the top 2016 prospects in the country.

Another big-time cornerback that will be in attendance is Robbie Robinson from Hampton (Va.) Phoebus. Like Taylor, Robinson is dynamic prospect and has multiple offers. He has a knack for making big plays and should also be one of top cornerbacks in the 2016 class.

Tim Glass, Keyvone Bruton, Traveon Redd and Anthony Womack will be some of the top 2016 safeties at the camp, while Marquill Osborne is an impressive cornerback. All are generating interest from several schools.

A 2017 prospect to keep an eye on is cornerback Melvin Rouse. Recommended Stories

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