While offensive players get all the headlines, defense wins championships—and that’s where we looked today. The defensive players took the field at FBU Top Gun with a mission to get better and shut down the opposing offensive players. From the shutdown corners to the monsters of the midway, the defensive skill players came to play. Here are five players that have stood out on the defensive side of the ball.
Lawrence Anderson – Virginia Beach, Virginia
After making the Youth1 All-Top Gun Team last year as a linebacker, Anderson made the transition to the secondary this year and the talented athlete didn’t skip a beat. A physical player, he jammed the receivers at the line and re-routed them on several routes. In addition to his strength, his speed completely blanketed receivers and shut down his side of the field.
Elias Ricks – Rancho Cucamonga, California
Ricks is an athlete that used his length and size to his advantage through the early sessions. Going head to head against some of the best wide receivers in the nation for the class of 2020, Ricks shut down opposing receivers with relative ease. His speed was on par with all of the receivers and his ball skills were top notch.
Rashad Torrence II – Douglasville, Georgia
Torrence II is a kid that has put in work through FBU camps and training in the offseason and showed up at Top Gun looking like an action figure. He’s a big kid that ran around the field and was just physically pushing people around.
Raja Nelson – Lakeville, Minnesota
After winning the Twin Cities regional MVP a few weeks back, Nelson came out and played well at Top Gun early in the camp. Not blessed with the size and strength that the other defensive backs listed here, Nelson had tremendous ball skills and was one of the best competitors at the camp.
Jordan Morant – Ridgefield, New Jersey
The son of a former NFL player, Morant is a very athletic linebacker that really stood out at camp. He has excellent size and strength and on several occasions pushed the running back coming out of the backfield right on the ground. If he can continue to improve his mobility he is going to be an excellent next level player.
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