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Top defensive performers from the Houston Under Armour Camp

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Houston and surrounding area prospects put their talent on display during Under Armour All-American Camp

Vernon Broughton
Joe Hamilton

The Under Armour All-American Camp series came to the Houston area this past weekend — Sunday morning at Spring Westfield high school, a plethora of talented prospects were on hand to compete against one another.

Burnt Orange Nation was also on hand to witness these top prospects battle it out. Here’s a look at which defensive recruits made the most out of their reps.

Defensive line

2020 — Vernon Broughton — 4-star SDE — Cypress Ridge: Broughton started off slower than usual, but once he got going there was no stopping him. Coming off the edge, Broughton possessed elite speed and great bend for a 6’5, 280-pound defensive end. He’s had a great offseason thus far.

2020 — Alec Bryant — 4-star WDE — Shadow Creek — LSU commit: Bryant led with an impressive burst off the edge and a significant amount of body control. He doesn’t try to defeat offensive linemen with the fancy pass rushing moves; Bryant just has mastery of the basic techniques, along with athleticism. The new LSU commit had a good overall outing.

2020 — Princely Umanmielen — 4-star SDE — Manor: Umanmielen was one of the more impressive prospects in one-on-ones and was very skillful in his ability to get around blockers. His arsenal of pass-rushing moves is what stood out the most about his performance. A kid of his stature moving like that is a force to be reckoned with as he elevates within his football career.

2020 — Chidozie Nwankwo — 3-star DT — Richmond Foster: After winning a UIL region championship in wrestling on Saturday, Nwankwo came to the Under Armour camp and was extremely disruptive. Nwankwo is truly every offensive linemen’s nightmare because of his undeniable strength and relentless motor.

2021 — Tunmise Adeleye — Unranked SDE — Katy Tompkins: To be as young as Adeleye is, it’s incredible to watch him do what he does. He used his long arms and strong hands to his advantage when attacking offensive tackles at the Under Armour camp. Adeleye has so much untapped potential it’s insane. It’ll be interesting to see Adeleye’s growth throughout his high school career.

2020 — Nick Booker-Brown — Unranked DT — Spring Westfield: Booker-Brown has been on a complete tear this offseason coming off a breakout junior season. He was awarded one of the top two defensive linemen of the camp because of his competitiveness and finesse as a versatile pass rusher.

Linebacker

2020 — Jeremiah Harris — 3-star ILB — Pearland Shadow Creek: Harris has the wonderful ability to run and move in space with a great deal of speed. He’s known for being a sideline-to-sideline tackler against ball carriers, so it was good to see him be able to show off his cover skills at this camp.

2021 — Derrick Harris Jr. — Unranked OLB — New Caney: Harris is fairly new to the linebacker position, but he’s well equipped to become an attractive second-level prospect. He did fairly well in coverage and looked fluid through drills. Harris is definitely one to watch.

Defensive back

2020 — Jerrin Thompson — 4-star S — Lufkin: Thompson was an exciting defensive back to witness this past weekend as he didn’t allow much to happen when the ball came in his direction. He competed under control and had great feet and hips for much of this camp. Thompson is a daunting appearance at safety.

2020 — Xavion Alford — 3-star S — Pearland Shadow Creek: A physical matchup is what you’ll get nearly every time Alford is locked in on a rep. He brought that presence all camp long and competed like a top-notch safety. Alford came down with interceptions and displayed the confidence you want to see from a prospect of his caliber.

2020 — Nate Floyd — 3-star CB — A&M Consolidated: Floyd gave a great showing as he knocked down passes and stepped up to the challenge when facing off against highly regarded receivers. His athleticism, along with length continues to frustrate wideouts. Floyd is gradually showing why he’s a top corner in the state.

2020 — JoJo Wilson — 3-star CB — Houston North Shore: Wilson was one of the top corners on Sunday covering in one-on-ones. He’s a big corner that encourages the challenge of being lined up in single coverage with bigger targets. Wilson could potentially be a showstopper at the next level as he improves his game.

Athlete

2020 — Terreance Ellis — Unranked OLB/DE — Pearland Shadow Creek: To see a prospect that spent majority of his snaps with his hand in the dirt as a junior come out and show that he’s fully capable of covering running backs in open space was impressive. Ellis made a name for himself after this performance.

The rest of the best

2020 — Jaylon Jones — 4-star CB — Cibolo Steele — Texas A&M commit: 6’3, 185

2020 — Bryson Washington — 4-star S — C.E. King: 6’2, 196

2020 — Alfred Collins — 4-star SDE — Bastrop Cedar Creek: 6’5, 245

2020 — DJ Warnell — 3-star CB — Dickinson: 6’1, 175

2020 — Robert Wooten — 3-star WDE — Stafford: 6’3, 230

2020 — Corey Flagg Jr. — 3-star ILB — Houston North Shore: 5’11, 210

2020 — Brandon Brown — 3-star DT — Katy Morton Ranch: 6’1, 290

2020 — Timothy Hardiman — Unranked DL/LB — Spring Westfield: 6’0, 266

2020 — Upton Stout — Unranked CB — Houston North Shore: 5’9, 165