Semper Fi: Top Five Defense

Jermaine Grace

CARSON, Calif. -- We take a look at the top five performers on the defensive side of the ball during the Semper Fi All-American game on Friday night...

Austin Hooper, DE, Concord (CA) De La Salle, Undecided

Defensive end Austin Hooper has been one of the top performers for the West squad all week during practice, and his strong play translated into a solid showing on Friday night. Hooper caused havoc with his quickness of the ball, recording a quarterback sack and added a tackle for loss. The 6-4, 247-pound defensive end really elevated his game this week against some of the top offensive linemen in the 2013 class. Jermaine Grace, LB, Miramar (FL), Undecided

Grace, a strong Miami lean, was the most productive defensive player for the East team, recording eight tackles, a quarterback sack and a tackle for loss. Grace is a bit undersized but has great speed and football instincts.

Nadir Barnwell, CB, Piscataway (NJ), Rutgers commit

It was largely a defensive battle on Friday night and Barnwell came up with some key stops for the East defense. The Rutgers commit had five tackles, 3 pass break ups and a tackle for loss.

Elijah Qualls – 6'2 279 Defensive Tackle – Washington Commit

Big Elijah Qualls showed off his athleticism and versatility by playing both ways during the Semper Fi All-American game in Carson, California. Qualls' power and agility were on display with a tackle for loss early in the game. He also proved he is not your average defensive tackle by playing some tailback and catching a pass out of the backfield.

Reggie Chevis, LB, Houston (TX) Sharpstown, Texas A&M

The 6-1, 245-pound linebacker was one of the most physical players on the field and look very good against the run. Chevis made several plays, including a quarterback sack and tackle for loss.

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