Defense ruled the day on Saturday with some of the Tar Heel State's best in attendance, among others, especially in the secondary. A few committed prospects came out and competed, perhaps improving their standing in the process.
Deandre Baker, 2015 CB, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern
One of the furthest commutes was that of the Floridian, who flew in to compete after missing the local event a few weeks back. It was worth it, as he stymied several wideouts at the line of scrimmage with his physical nature, using both a quick one-hand jam as well as a traditional two-hand technique that even helped him bury the opposition to the ground on one occasion. Baker showed solid speed when he played off of his man as well, also getting his hands on multiple passes on Saturday.
Joshua Brown, 2016 DE, Mallard Creek (N.C.) High
Brown, a member of the class of 2016, was a pretty easy choice for the defensive line MVP. A quick edge rusher, Brown still did a good job navigating through the mud and beating offensive tackles inside and outside. He has a lean frame and a lot if room to add good weight the next two years before graduates.
Ryan Dunn, 2015 LB, Loxahatchee (Fla.) Seminole Ridge
Dunn made the trip from Seminole Ridge in Florida, and he attacked the ball carrier as if it was the only way he'd be able to get a ride home. Dunn closed well and picked good enough angles that he didn't always break down into tackling stances, but he didn't have to.
Mike Hughes, 2015 CB, New Bern (N.C.) High
Ball skills, ball skill, ball skills - Hughes has hands. He adjusted to the ball well, he played the ball well, and he showed wide receiver-like hands. He was solid in coverage on and off the receiver Saturday as well and one of the top defensive backs in a very strong group.
Mook Reynolds, 2015 CB, Greensboro (N.C.) Northern Guilford
If there was someone who raised his stock more than Reynolds did Saturday, tell us about him? The Virginia Tech commit is very fluid and he has the length you look for in a top flight corner. He liked to play physical, he liked to press at the line of scrimmage, and his ranking will see an improvement in the near future.
Van Smith, 2015 S, Charlotte (N.C.) West Mecklenburg
The Clemson commit had a very good day and he had fun. Smith had a smile on his face and it could have been because of the amount of success he had in the secondary. He got his hands on many passes and he impressed with the way he tracked the ball. He is an athlete and he showed that off as well.
Levonta Taylor, 2016 CB, Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes
Another one of the standout defensive backs, Taylor found himself at the front of the line more times than not, and only wanted more afterwards. His star shined brightest among a solid group of underclassmen, using good hips, a solid break on the ball and some talking in between.
Daquon Tindal, 2016 LB, Lakewood (S.C.) High
Another sophomore who stood out during pursuit drills. At 6-foot-3, plus, Tindal covered a lot of ground quickly but still had the flexibility to break down and change directions.
Michael Clark, Scott Kennedy and Chad Simmons contributed to this report.
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