The summer camp season is over and the Rivals.com recruiting analysts were all over the country starting with the Penn State NIKE Camp way back in the first weekend of May to the ESPN Rise Gridiron Kings tournament at the end of July that wrapped things up.
Heading into our next set of evaluation meetings and a new set of rankings due at the end of August, here are our first and second-team defensive players from the summer events as well as some who earned honorable mention honors. This list is led by Notre Dame commitment David Perkins who should be getting a nice bump in our next rankings.
2011 ALL-CAMP TEAM - DEFENSE
Fowler at FSU NIKEClick DE Dante Fowler Jr., 6-3/232, St. Petersburg (Fla.) LakewoodHere to view this Link.
Camp: Florida's Friday Night Lights, Jimbo Fisher Football Camp
Committed to: Florida State
Performance: Fowler has a first step that sets him apart from his peers. He is very good at dipping his shoulder and getting around offensive tackles on the snap and when in the backfield he finishes the play.
Balducci Top Gun HighlightsClick DE Alex Balducci, 6-4/262, Portland (Ore.) Central CatholicHere to view this Link.
Camp: Top Gun Camp
Committed to: Oregon
Performance: Balducci is an old-school guy who likes to get physical, mix things up and gets stronger the more reps he takes. He can beat you with speed to the outside or bull-rush right over you and he has the versatility to play all four defensive line positions in a 4-3.
Pipkins HighlightsClick DT Ondre Pipkins, 6-3/325, Kansas City (Mo.) Park HillHere to view this Link.
Camp: Ohio State NIKE Camp
Committed to: Michigan
Performance: Pipkins was nearly un-blockable during his MVP Performance at the Ohio State NIKE Camp. He plays like a bull and is too strong for most offensive linemen to stop.
Nkemdiche HighlightsClick DT Robert Nkemdiche, 6-5/260, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson, 2013Here to view this Link.
Camp: Hoover 7-on-7
Performance: Nkemdiche, in sum, is a rare talent. How many other defensive tackles could play linebacker in Hoover - and shine? Nkemdiche is incredibly athletic, and plays with an amazing amount of fire.
Brown NIKE Camp HighlightsClick LB Keith Brown, 6-2/230, Miami (Fla.) NorlandHere to view this Link.
Camp: The Opening, Gridiron Kings
Committed to: Miami
Performance: Brown, an inside linebacker, is very well built and his strength is playing north-south, but he is athletic enough to make plays in space and moving laterally.
Moore at VTO CombineClick LB Kwontie Moore, 6-2/243, Norfolk (Va.) Norfolk Christian SchoolHere to view this Link.
Camp: Gridiron Kings
Committed to: Virginia
Performance: Moore is a prototypical inside linebacker but he displayed a solid understanding of zone coverage at Gridiron Kings and the ability to make a play when the ball came his way. He had at least two interceptions, including one which he returned for a touchdown.
LB Jaylon Smith, 6-3/202, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers, 2013
Camp: Ohio State NIKE Camp
Performance: Smith is a natural playing the pass as a linebacker and he has plenty of room on his frame to add weight without sacrificing any of his outstanding athleticism. He was one of the biggest surprises at the Ohio State NIKE Camp.
Camp: Heath Evans 7-on-7, The Opening
Performance: The greatest respect that can be paid to a cornerback is to never throw his way, and such was the case for Howard at Heath Evans 7-on-7. The few times he was tested, he made the play on the ball. At The Opening, he had more chances to shine and was all over receivers like a blanket.
Fuller at VTO CombineClick CB Kendall Fuller, 5-11/181, Olney (Md.) Good Counsel, 2013Here to view this Link.
Camp: Top Gun Camp
Performance: Fuller was his usual outstanding self at the Top Gun Camp, showing of his physical nature, quick hips, surprising closing speed and excellent instincts. You can tell he's from a long line of talented defensive backs in his family and that he goes up against a five star (Stefon Diggs) on a daily basis in practice.
Thompson NIKE Camp HighlightsClick S Shaq Thompson, 6-2/210, Sacramento (Calif.) GrantHere to view this Link.
Camp: Stanford NIKE
Performance: Thompson was slowed late in camp with a leg injury but it's clear he has all the tools to make him one of the best defensive backs in the 2012 class. He's getting so big and physical that he might move down to linebacker.
Camp: The Opening
Performance: Collins was one of the more athletic safeties seen all summer. He won the SPARQ national championship and then on the field showed he can really move and cover lots of ground.
Perkins SMSB HighlightsClick ATH David Perkins, 6-2/209, South Bend (Ind.) WashingtonHere to view this Link.
Camp: Ohio State NIKE Camp, Sound Mind Sound Body, The Opening
Committed to: Notre Dame
Performance: The Notre Dame athlete commit could be a very good linebacker if he ends up playing there but he can also play defensive end as he did at Ohio State or even on offense as a tight end.
DE Adolphus Washington, Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft
DE Chris Casher, Mobile (Ala.) Davidson
DT Danny O'Brien, Flint (Mich.) Powers Catholic
DT Nick James, Long Beach, Miss.
LB Ukeme Eligwe, Stone Mountain, Ga.
LB Dillon Lee, Buford, Ga.
LB E.J. Levenberry Jr., Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton, 2013
CB Devante Harris, Mesquite (Texas) Horn
CB Cameron Burrows, Trotwood (Ohio) Trotwood-Madison, 2013
S Alex Carter, Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods
S Marcus Maye, Melbourne (Fla.) Holy Trinity Catholic
ATH Cyrus Jones, Baltimore (Md.) Gilman
HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE
DE Caleb Azubike, Nashville (Tenn.) McGavock; DE Kenny Bigelow, Bear (Del.) Red Lion Christian, 2013; DE Andrew Brown, Chesapeake (Va.) Indian River, 2014; DE Deon Hollins Jr., Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Marshall, 2013; DE Tyriq McCord, Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson; DE Se'Von Pittman, Canton (Ohio) McKinley; DE Bryan Singleton, Destrehan, La.; DE Pio Vatuvei, Patterson, Calif.; DE Demarcus Walker, Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood, 2013; DE Channing Ward, Aberdeen, Miss.; DT Khairi Clark, Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna, 2014; DT Sheldon Day, Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central; DT Kenton Gibbs, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech, 2013; DT Matthew Godin, Detroit (Mich.) Catholic Central; DT Korren Kirven, Lynchburg (Va.) Brookville; DT Sheldon Lewinson, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood; DT Ellis McCarthy, Monrovia, Calif.; DT Romelius Rhone, Richmond (Texas) Bush, 2013; DT Aziz Shittu, Atwater (Calif.) Buhach; DT Anthony Smith, Houston (Texas) Westfield; LB Richie Brown,Long Beach, Miss.; LB Reginald Carter, Snellville (Ga.) South Gwinnett, 2013; LB Peter Kalambayi, Matthews (N.C.) Butler, 2013; LB Abner Logan, Brookline (Mass.) Dexter; LB Doug Randolph, Richmond (Va.) Woodberry Forest, 2013; LB James Ross, Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's; OLB Jabari Ruffin, Downey, Calif.; LB Tyler Stargel, Gulf Shores (Ala.) Mississippi State camp; LB Eric Striker, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood; CB Chris Bivins, Gainesville, Fla.; CB Johnny Johnson, Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial; CB Devontre Parnell Winnsboro (S.C.) Fairfield Central; CB Devian Shelton, Inglewood, Calif.; S Deon Bush, Miami (Fla.) Columbus; S Jeremy Clark, Madisonville (Ky.) North Hopkins; S Leviticus Payne, Southfield, Mich., S Sebastian Smith, Pickerington (Ohio) Central; S Corey Thompson, Missouri City (Texas) Elkins; S Lucas Thompson, Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange; S Nick Washington, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian, 2013