All NFTC Team- The Defense
DEFENSE Defensive Line Joe Mathis, Upland (Calif.)- The week before, Mathis played linebacker at the NLA Elite 7on7, but was back with his hand down at his more natural defensive end position, and almost from the get-go, showed why he's a top 10 pass-rusher nationally. Mathis played end on both sides and did some defensive tackle too, and outside of one stonewall, dominated in the 1-on-1s. His performance netted him an invite to The Opening, the second year in a row an Upland player was selected. Taco Charlton, Pickerington (Ohio) Central- Charlton set the tone on the first 1-on-1, by blowing by the tackle without being touched. He too only lost 1-on-1, and won every other. The future Michigan Wolverine is a nice long athlete who just needs to add some weight, but he's...
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