Los Angeles NFTC: Top Defensive Performers

DB Frank Buncom

Here's our look at the top 10 overall performers on defense at the Los Angeles NFTC...

DL Keisean Lucier-South, Orange Lutheran (Calif.)
If there was an overall MVP for the camp, it probably would have gone to Lucier-South. At a lean 6-5, 220 pounds, the athlete showed a lightning first step off the edge but he's more than a speed rusher. Lucier-South uses his hands very well, has multiple pass rush moves and uses his long arms to keep opposing lineman from grabbing on to him. He plays with a great motor and is a tremendous all around prospect.

DL Rasheem Green, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Green is a freak with unlimited upside. He looks every bit like an elite defensive lineman and like Eddie Vanderdoes two years ago, could fit anywhere along the defensive line. You can't design a better body for a defensive lineman, at 6'5, with long arms and a frame that can carry as much weight as he needs (he looked to be an easy 285, maybe heavier). He was pretty dominant in the latter half of the one-on-ones, even seemingly going half speed and once he figures everything out down the road, he has Sunday potential for sure.

DL Trevor Howard, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Howard was one of the revelation's on the day. He was selected to the Final 5, best on best, when the position coaches each pick their top five OLs and DLs to go head to head. Howard beat elite OL Keenan Walker two out of three reps with a speed rush and a great outside-inside move. Measuring in at 6-3, 217, he's very quick off the ball and naturally strong. He's likely an outside linebacker in college if he plays defense (he's a three-star tight end), but showed the quickness and strength that could make him an intriguing hybrid.

LB Ben Humphreys, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Humphreys is the definition of a football player, he just knows how to play the game and plays it the right way. His instincts are unmatched and he's one of those guys that just seems to be a step ahead of everyone else on the field. He plays with an incredible motor yet is always under control, fully aware of where he's at on the field. He's physically very tough, can play in space and rush the passer. He ‘s a natural leader and easily one of the most under-rated prospects in the region.

LB John Houston, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
While Houston didn't win LB MVP, he still showed why he's the top prospect at the position. He has an ideal frame for an outside linebacker, long and lean with plenty of room to put on as much as size as he needs. He has long arms and is a gifted pass rusher but also showed very good cover skills and has the agility to play in space. Another thing we like about Houston is he always comes to play, he doesn't Cadillac out on the field but plays hard

LB Kyahva Tezino, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian
Tezino probably took more reps in the half-skelly and one on one portion of the camp than anyone by a huge margin. You can tell he plays a lot of 7 on 7 because he was very comfortable in space and is strong in coverage. He plays with an edge is a very aggressive kid. He has that chip on his shoulder and he's one of those guys who you to hate to play against. He's looks about 6-0, 200 pounds and probably has the frame to add another 10-15 or so. He's physical so he can stay at outside backer but would really excel as a rover type who can play as a cross between a linebacker and a safety.

DB Dechaun Holiday, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills
Holiday is all of 6-2 but has the kind of long, lean frame that could enable him to stay at corner. He showed both good short area quickness to change direction and the top end speed to run with receivers down the field. He has long arms and was effective in press coverage and showed off good ball skills as well. Holiday didn't get the golden ticket to The Opening on Sunday but don't be surprised if it doesn't come sooner than later.

DB Frank Buncom, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine
Buncom nearly took home DB MVP honors after a strong camp. He has a presence about him and plays with a quiet confidence that the NIKE coaches loved. He's able to take coaching, process it and then apply right away. Physically, he looks the part and is always around the ball. He's smooth and has good closing speed. He plays fast and just reacts, he doesn't over think and he has a ton of upside. He's a player we could definitely see getting an invite to The Opening at some point and it would be very well deserved.

DB Iman Marshall, Long Beach Poly (Calif.)
Marshall came in to the camp with a sore hammy but still stood out in the drills. He plays with such poise and confidence as a corner and never looks rattled. He's physically gifted with a strong body but it's his football sense and field awareness that really sets him a part. Depending on where his body goes and how much size he puts on could determine his ultimate college position, corner or safety but regardless of where he plays, he's easily among the top handful of players in the nation.

DB Stanley Norman, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Norman was his usual ‘Scrappy' self getting in to it with receivers and being about as fun to play against as a root canal. He doesn't back down from anyone, loves to talk it up and will take on all challengers. At times he can get a little too emotional and will need to learn how to harness that part of his game a bit. You always want to stay coachable and that was a concern with Norman a little Sunday. He's still a very good prospect and the quickest of all the corners out West. He's also a talented receiver who's very good after the catch and could play on either side of the ball in college.

Greg Biggins and Brandon Huffman contributed to this report.

NOTE- Our list is based on who we felt had the best day and is not based on college recruiting potential. This list is also just for players in the rising 2015 class as we'll have a separate list for underclassmen later in the week.

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