PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. -- Scout 300 safety Montae Nicholson of Gateway High (Monroeville, Pa.) has…
PASwag7v7: Top 10 Defense
The PASwag 7-on-7 at Plymouth Whitemarsh High was the home to a bundle of talent this weekend. The two-day event brought in teams from New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennylvania, Maryland and Virginia, and there were plenty of standouts. FOX Sports NEXT was on hand, and ranks the Top 10 defensive players from the event. 1. Anthony Davis, CB, Gateway High, Monroeville, Pa. Skinny: Davis had a big weekend in coverage as he played cornerback and safety. He made a number of very nice reads and broke quickly on passes. He looked fluid and quick, and his length is an asset. His top three are West Virginia, Penn State and Temple. 2. Daquan Worley, CB, Coatesville (Pa.) High Skinny: Worley is underrated because he didn't get out much on the camp circuit last year, but he is versatile and tough. He was physical at the line of scrimmage and showed an ability to run down the field with tight coverage. He also did a nice job of locating the ball in coverage as well. He has Rutgers and Penn State as his leaders. 3. Montae Nicholson, S, Gateway High, Monroeville, Pa. Skinny: Nicholson played receiver and safety, and he was impressive on both sides. However, he makes this list as a defensive player as he covered ground well and was with his positioning. What makes it difficult for safeties is they cannot use hitting as a defense, so it is more about making reads a split-second sooner. On the recruiting front, Nicholson said he will begin narrowing his extensive list soon. 4. Delvon Randall, C, Gateway High, Monroeville, Pa. Skinny: Randall started the weekend with a commitment to Temple, and then showed a very good break on the ball as a safety and cornerback. He is long and changed direction well. He was a steady performer over the two days. 5. DeAndre Scott, CB, Imhoptep Charter, Philadelphia Skinny: Pound-for-pound, Scott may have been the best defensive player in the tournament. Whether he was closing ground in the secondary or jamming a tight end in the slot (he did that a few times), Scott was always noticeable and made a ton of plays. The issue is Scott is 5-foot-8, and not many BCS schools will push hard on a cornerback of that size. 6. Brandon Watson, CB, Eastern Christian Academy, Elkton, Md. Skinny: Watson quietly was solid for much of two days until he did a fantastic job in the title game against the top player in the event, Middletown (Del.) High receiver Chris Godwin. Watson was fluid in and out of breaks and accelerated well. He showed an ability to close on the ball as well. He has offers from Boston College, Connecticut and Temple and Syracuse and Maryland are showing interest. 7. Curtis Samuel, S, Erasmus Hall High, Brooklyn Skinny: Samuel is best known as a running back and played receiver in the tournament, but he made a big mark as a safety. He back-pedaled well and changed direction quickly. He glides when he runs and he covers space quickly. He looked so good that playing safety in college may be an option. He holds a few handfuls of offers, but his lone trip so far was to Rutgers. 8. Rasaan Stewart, S, Perkiomen Valley High, Collegeville, Pa. Skinny: Not many people knew about Stewart entering the event but they do now. His break on the ball is phenomenal and he did a great job of reading plays. He also showed very good 1-on-1 coverage skills. He holds offers from Pittsburgh, Temple and Buffalo, but that should explode during the spring evaluation period. 9. Chase Edmonds, CB, Central Dauphin East High, Harrisburg, Pa. Skinny: Size is a little bit of an issue for Edmonds, who is pushing 5-10, but he did a very good job of covering receivers in the slot and running across the field with them. He is strong and showed an ability to be physical, and he picked up a Fordham offer Tuesday. 10. Mallory Claybourne, Renaissance Christian Academy, Pittsburgh Skinny: Claybourne was a nice surprise as he used his length and speed to excel in coverage on the edge. He was able to stay on the hip of receivers, including an Scout 300 receiver K.J. Williams, during a Sunday matchup. He doesn't hold offers yet, but that could change this spring.
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