The Nike Football Training Camp stopped in suburban Washington, D.C., Sunday and there was strong talent in the secondary However, five stood out, and FOX Sports NEXT rates them.
1. Jalen Tabor, Friendship Collegiate High, Washington, D.C.
Skinny: Tabor had to live up to being the top-rated cornerback at the event, and he didn’t disappoint. He’s 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, loose and long. He man-handled a few receivers at the line of scrimmage, knocking one down before he could get out in a pattern. But he cemented is slot as the top defensive back at the event by locking down physical four-star receiver Jamil Kamara. The two matched up a lot, and Tabor used his physical style to frustrate and dominate the one-on-one competition with Kamara. Even when a receiver got his hands on a ball, Tabor was relentless in trying to dislodge it.
2. Quin Blanding, Bayside High, Virginia Beach, Va.
Skinny: Blanding was very good, and didn’t have a chance to face the competition Tabor did because the safeties were kept on a different side of the field. Still, it is easy to see why he is one of the top players in the nation. Blanding back-pedaled with ease, kept his hips low and then exploded when he needed to change direction. The only disappointing thing was when receivers caught a pass a step in front of Blanding, he couldn’t lower his shoulder and make a devastating hit.
3. Dimitri Lee, Friendship Collegiate High, Washington, D.C.
Skinny: It is scary to think what Friendship Collegiate’s secondary will look like in 2014 since he may be the third best cornerback on the team beyond Tabor and Tennessee commit D’Andre Payne. Lee was physical and played tight at the line of scrimmage. He was also able to stay hip-to-hip with receivers and change direction at a high rate of speed. His day was complete with several nice pass break-ups as he showed his ability to track passes as well.
4. M.J. Stewart, Yorktown High, Arlington, Va.
Skinny: Stewart was unmistakable in two ways: he wore a white visor throughout the competition and he wasn’t allowing any receivers to catch the ball. Stewart was simply smooth, running effortless with receivers and showing a very nice ability to change directions at a high speed on in- and out-patterns, and quickly locating the ball. He displayed the attitude and strength to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage.
5. C.J. Reavis, Thomas Dale High, Chester, Va.
Skinny: Fresh off his commit to Virginia Tech during a Saturday visit for the spring game, Reavis announced his arrival to the competition when a lightning quick break on the ball and pass break-up during the half-field, four-on-four in which he played safety. His reads were quick and he exploded to the ball well. He has size (6-1, 205) and speed, and despite not having pads on, he was not afraid to by physical.