IMG Top 2015 Defensive Performers

IMG Top 2015 Defensive Performers

Here are some rising senior standouts in the 2015 class from the IMG Nationals over the weekend.

Anthony Camargo (La Puente, Calif./Bishop Amat)
Camargo loomed large in the middle of the BBT defense as he would swat down passes intended for receivers running short crossing patterns. You can see why he has a handful of scholarship offers.

Antonio Howard (Miami Norland)
This is a good sized cornerback that can absolutely fly. He had to be one of the fastest kids at this event. This Cincinnati commitment is raw but with a lot of physical ability to play this position. He was one of the Fire's top defenders. You can see why he has become a hot recruit.

Ronnie Hoggins (Coconut Creek, Fla./Monarch)
If they actually picked a defensive MVP of this entire event it could have very well had gone to Hoggins. He was their shut down guy for two days. He's not the biggest guy at 5-foot-9 or so but you can see why he has some of the offers he has. This kid has speed, he's feisty and fearless and just makes plays.

Donte Jackson (Jefferson, La./Riverdale)
This is the reigning 100 and 200 meters champ from the Bayou State. He was an active presence in the middle of The Bootlegger defense, playing safety. He showed range to either side to make plays. He's a put together 5-foot-10, 175-pounds with some big time offers.

Derwin James (Haines City, Fla.)
Is there anything else you can say about this five-star Florida State commitment? Seriously? He's the No. 1 safety in America and one of the very best prospects in the 2015 class. James spent a lot of time on offense for the Dream Team. They had a great first day but didn't last long on the second. James looks like a linebacker but moves like a cornerback. His upside is incredible.

Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif./Poly)
Like James above, this kid has elite size for the position (cornerback) he plays. You see why he's a five-star and the No. 3 ranked corner in the country. He's fluid and physical. Sometimes Marshall makes playing this position look effortless and easy. He transitions well and can stay on the hip pocket of receivers. Of course he uses his length to his advantage when challenging. Marshall also played safety and wide receiver over the weekend.

Sherrod Pittman (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast)
The most impressive thing I saw from Pittman over the two days was his competitiveness. He was into every game for the River City Kings. Sometimes he had to be held back. He wasn't playing recklessly, rather just wanted to win. This kid is physical in coverage and doesn't back down. He's a bit stiff but that's to be expected for someone 220-plus pounds. Pittman is a kid that looks better and better each time I see him.

Dedrick Shy (New Orleans, La./Warren Easton)
This is a kid to keep a close eye over the coming weeks, specifically next month. He was supposed to play wide receiver for The Bootleggers but they found out he's a heck of a cornerback. Why is that a big deal? Shy is huge, standing at almost 6-foot-2, 175-pounds. And he's long. Sure he's raw but Shy certainly has a chance to shine at this position. It will be interesting to see if LSU offers him at their camp next month. Big corners like this don't grow on trees.

Shawn Springs (Radnor, Pa./Archbishop Carroll)
Springs is undersized, but plays an oversized role. He lined up at corner and at safety to take advantage of both his quickness (corner) and his instincts (safety). He read plays well, used his hands well to break up passes, was quick in all directions, both his backpedal and break on the ball.

Kevin Toliver (Jacksonville Trinity Christian Academy)
Toliver looks the part. He's a tall corner that's so put together. He runs well. And I have seen him enough playing real football on Fridays to know that he's physical and tough. It's still perplexing to see him get beat. Sure, I get it, it's 7-on-7 and kids can't lock down everyone for two days over a ton of games. But you do tend to see Toliver get beat more than he should. But when he's into it, he's hard to throw on. He certainly rises to the occasion as the competition level ramps up. I love his upside and expect monster things from him at the next level.

D'Andre Walker (Fairburn, Ga./Hughes)
Maybe the most athletic linebacker at the camp, Walker was fluid in his pass coverage and is quick enough that he would move outside and cover slot receivers at times. I also liked the way he could play in space.

Quentin Williams (Tampa, Fla./Durant)
Williams had a huge first day, recording four picks and a handful of pass breakups in pool play. He's tall and rangy and shows the he runs well and can break and play the ball. You may be asking who this kid is??? He sat out last season at Durant. What he puts on film the first half of this season will be critical for him. This kid has ideal size and a chance to be a very good one. Recommended Stories

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