UA Game: Red Top Five Defense

Andrew Brown

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Scout had plenty of personnel on hand for the opening practice at the Under Armour All-America week, and the following five prospects stood out the most on the Red Team defense.

The Scout Recruiting team was in full force for the initial Under Armour practices Sunday, and the Red Team defense had several standouts.

It was whittled down to the following five top performers in the end, based solely on Sunday's practice performance, not recruiting or ranking.

Adoree Jackson | CB | Gardena (Calif.) Serra | Undeclared

Notes: No matter the situation, the five-star seemed to be able to recover against elite wide receivers not only to close on the ball, but to make a play on it. Jackson had an effortless day against various routes and types of opponents, flashing his excellent burst and top-end speed in the process.

Rashaan Evans | OLB | Auburn (Ala.) High | Undeclared

Notes: Continuing from his huge senior season and noted post-season play entering this week, the recent five-star proved his worth once more both as a pass-rusher and even in coverage. He sped by the nation's top offensive tackle Cameron Robinson on one occasion and came back to get his hands on a pass or two in pass skelly minutes later. There's not much he can't do on the field, and after practice he told Scout that he took home the skills challenge title.

Andrew Brown | DT | Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith | Virginia

Notes: Noticeably bigger than he was at the Opening, it didn't slow the top defensive tackle's quickness on this day. He was a fit for most interior linemen that lined up across from him during both team and 1-on-1 sessions, but he countered his nimbleness with great power in the process. Brown is the complete package, and it showed on Day 1.

Myles Garrett | DE | Arlington (Tex.) Martin | Texas A&M

Notes: Known for his edge prowess, Garrett stuck to his straights on this day. He can beat tackles with speed or set them up and come underneath just as effectively, but he also showed he can get the job done with strength, too.

Dexter Wideman | DT | Saluda (S.C.) High | Florida State

Notes: Save for Brown, it was Wideman that was the top interior defensive line talent from Day 1. He won three straight reps to kick off his 1-on-1 effort and never looked back. The FSU pledge was effective both in his bull rush and while trying to get by opponents with quickness.

Scott Kennedy, Greg Biggins, Chad Simmons, Jamie Newberg, Josh Harvey, Amy Campbell, Anna Hickey and Jacquie Franciulli contributed to this report.

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