UA Game: Red Top Five Defense

Quin Blanding

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Scout had plenty of personnel on hand for the Tuesday practice at the Under Armour All-America week, and each level of the Red Team (Highlight) defense was represented in looking at the day's standouts.

The Scout Recruiting team was in full force for the second day of Under Armour practices Tuesday, and the Red Team defense had several standouts and some more repeat performers.

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

Quin Blanding | S | Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside | Virginia

Notes: The versatile safety cracks the list for the second time in as many days, again proving he can defend both the pass and run well. He was a factor in the passing game over the middle, one of several players to snag an interception, while remaining a physical presence otherwise. One can tell that he's chomping at the bit to get to Thursday's game in order to go full-speed in his hitting, and it showed most when he picked up five-star running back Leonard Fournette off the ground after deploying a nice "pop" to America's top prospect.

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

Notes: Garrett has been on this list from Day 1 this week, and he's improved his stock as much as any prospect has over three days of action. He can beat offensive tackles in many ways, but speed is still his strongest move. His opponents this week know that fact, but still have been unable to keep him from the quarterback.

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

Notes: The top defensive tackle in America added weight for better power, which he's showcased this week, but Tuesday was all about his hands. He focused on hand-fighting and won those battles more times than not. Not only do they come down hard, but he makes quick moves with his hands before countering with quickness and power.

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

Notes: Another day of practice, another big hit from the five-star. He has flashed power every chance he gets, but still maintains his dominance as an edge rusher and balanced pass defender. We've said this all week, but he simply does everything well and will challenge for the top spot in the state of Alabama.

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

Notes: Not only did he continue to impress as a cover-corner, but he sported the most impressive backflip (watch HERE) after practicing and taking part in a skills challenge. Jackson has elite quickness and closing speed and again proved why he's the top prospect on the West Coast and a top-five overall talent in America.

Scott Kennedy, Chad Simmons, Josh Harvey, Amy Campbell, Anna Hickey, Jacquie Franciulli, Kyle Bogenschutz, Danny Parker and Josh Harvey contributed to this report.

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