Hoover Passing Tournament: Defensive Preview

Dom DeCicco

The defensive skill players are looking to showcase their skills this weekend in the Southeastern Select 7-v-7 tournament in Hoover, (Ala.) Plenty of top recruits will see if they have what it takes to stop some of the best offensive talent in the country. The game is fast-paced, and the Alabama heat and humidity will always play a factor in July.

Hoover is one of the top high school programs in the country and boasts a top offensive and defensive team. New transfer Byron Clear has spent his prep days in Virginia as a defensive end, but the Hoover coaching staff has moved him to the linebacker position. He will give quarterbacks plenty of trouble with his 6-5, 210-pound frame and 4.5-40-yard dash speed. He will have help in the middle from Michael DeJohn. The Bucs feature an excellent group of defensive backs led by Kwesi Mitchell, Josh Linson and Matt Huggins.

Richmond-Huguenot (Va.) has a talented defensive group as well. Scout.com three-star safety Sean Smalls is a verbal commitment to UMASS. The Falcons feature linebackers Marcus Freeman and Walter Robertson.

Thomas Jefferson's Dom DeCicco and Dan Giegerick will see action on offense and defense. DeCicco is a verbal commitment to Pitt as a cornerback. Giegerick is one of the top linebackers for the Jaguars.

Mobile-McGill-Toolen, (Ala.), standout Phelon Jones will line up at safety and corneback on the defensive side of the ball. Jones gave an early verbal pledge to the Miami Hurricanes and was recruited to play cornerback with his blazing 4.38 speed. Florida verbal commitment Sidell Corley will play the linebacker position in this tournament.


Eric Hannah

Louisville-Jefferson County, (Ga.) will showcase two talented players on defense. Eric Hannah is an undersized cornerback, but his speed makes up for his size. Linebacker Tim Nelson is a physical specimen and will cover the middle of the field exceptionally well.

Springdale (Ark.) will bring linebacker Jamie Jones to lead their defensive unit. Jones has collected scholarship offers from Kansas State, Kentucky and Ole Miss.


Mario Butler

Mario Buttler, from St. Augustine-Nease, (Fla.), is possibly the best defensive back participating. The talented cornerback received numerous scholarship offers from across the country including Ohio State and Virginia Tech before giving his verbal pledge to Georgia Tech.

Duncan-Byrnes, (S.C.) duo linebackers Chad Diehl and Stanley Hunter are both tremendous performers. Hunter has received scholarship offers from several schools and is a verbal commitment to Clemson. Diehl is keeping his options open with scholarship offers from Duke and Virginia Tech.


John Stokes

Memphis University (Tenn.) will bring one of the top linebackers in the South in John Stokes. He has received several scholarship offers including Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Stanford and Vanderbilt. He is a tall, athletic linebacker and will showcase his speed during the tournament.

Stay tuned to ScoutSouth.com and ScoutCombines.com for complete coverage from the Hoover 7-on-7 tournament.

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