UA Preview: Black Team Defense
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Robert Nkemdiche
Robert Nkemdiche
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Dec 28, 2012
Chad Simmons

The Black Team will be called Highlight at the 2013 Under Armour All-America game and Scout previews the defense here.

The defense is very strong and five five-star prospects on Scout lead the way. He is a preview by position.

Defensive Line

Robert Nkemdiche is the no. 1 prospect across the board in 2013 and he will head the defensive line unit for his team. The 6-foot-4, 270 pound star out of Grayson (Ga.) was committed to Clemson, but is now leaning towards Ole Miss, where his brother Denzel Nkemdiche plays linebacker.

Nkemdiche is not the only five-star on the defensive front. Demarcus Walker is another one and he is committed to Alabama. He would like to play 'Jack' linebacker in Tuscaloosa, but he will play with his hand down in this event.

Joining those two five-star defensive linemen are six of the best at their positions in the country. The defensive tackles are Kennedy Tulimasealii (Committed to Hawaii), Caleb Brantley (Committed to Florida), Greg Gilmore (Commitment to LSU), and Maquedius Bain.

Outside of Nkemdiche and Walker, Elijah Daniel and Ebenezer Ogundeko. Both are very athletic and Ogundeko is actually ranked as an outside linebacker by Scout.


The linebacker core has a group of that come from all parts of the country. Scout's no. 2 outside linebacker is Matthew Thomas out of Booker T. Washington (Fla.) and he is the top prospect at this position. He has been offered by most schools in the country and Scout feels Florida State and Miami are atop his list.

Notre Dame commitment Alex Anzalone is from Wyoming and he will play the opposite side of Thomas. He is a four-star prospect.

Playing in the middle are four-star Isaac Savaiinaea out of Hawaii who is uncommitted and three-star Ben Boulware out of South Carolina, he is a Clemson commitment.

Defensive Back

The secondary like the other two position groups is very strong. Both the cornerback and safety position has a five-star leading the way.

Vernon Hargreaves is the top cornerback in the country and he will not be traveling far to play in this event. The Tampa, Fla. native is college ready and he will be suiting up for the Florida Gators next fall.

Other cornerbacks on this team are Maurice Smith and Jeryl Brazil. Smith is a corner out of Texas that is committed to Texas and Brazil is an LSU commitment that plays in Louisiana. Both are members of the Scout300.

Vonn Bell is a five-star safety out of Georgia and he is still considering Alabama, Ohio State, and Tennessee. He is a safety with great range and big play ability. He is the no. 3 safety in the country.

There are four more safeties on this team and three hail from the Sunshine State. Leon McQuay is a Scout100 member out of Armwood, Marcell Harris is a four-star out of Dr. Phillips, and Keanu Neal is the no. 15 safety in the country and he is out of South Sumter. McQuay remains uncommitted and both Harris and Neal are committed to Florida. Holland Fisher is a big safety out of Virginia and he is committed to Virginia Tech. He is ranked as the no. 6 outside linebacker on Scout, but is listed as a safety in this event.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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