The Rivals.com recruiting experts have broken down countless hours of film and racked up plenty of frequent flyer miles to see the top prospects compete in games and at events across the country to come up with the most extensive and accurate prospect rankings and evaluations you will find. In the process of evaluating overall talent, several prospects gained notice for their mastery of specific skills.

Here are our postseason rankings for defensive players in a number of different categories.

For the offensive rankings, click here.

QUICKEST

1. Marcus Forston, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern Signed with Miami Was in the opposing backfield all week at U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices.

2. DeAngelo Tyson, Statesboro, Ga. Signed with Georgia Showed off his speed all week in practice at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

3. Corey Liuget, Hialeah, Fla. Signed with Illinois Was the most athletic defensive lineman at Offense-Defense All-American Bowl practices.

4. Stacey McGee, Muskogee, Okla. Signed with Oklahoma Gets off the ball fast and doesn't slow down when making moves.

5. Chancey Aghayere, Garland, Texas Signed with LSU Plays defensive end but his body structure will allow him to excel as a pass rusher on the inside.

STRONGEST

1. Marcus Forston, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern Signed with Miami Had no problem moving offensive lineman out of his way all season.

2. Mike Martin, Novi (Mich.) Detroit Catholic Central Signed with Michigan Martin boasts a 420-pound bench press max.

3. Brandon Thompson, Thomasville, Ga. Signed with Clemson He had a tremendous bull rush at the Under Armour practices.

4. Omar Hunter, Buford, Ga. Signed with Florida When technique didn't work, he flat out ran over offensive lineman all season.

5. Jarvis Humphrey, Cedar Hill, Texas Signed with Texas Humphrey is another bull-rush expert who excelled at the Under Armour practices.

BEST ATHLETE

1. Marcus Forston, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern Signed with Miami He excelled as a pass rusher and a run stopper at U.S. Army All-American practices.

2. Corey Liuget, Hialeah, Fla. Signed with Illinois He actually returned kicks for his high school team.

3. Chancey Aghayere, Garland, Texas Signed with LSU He displayed a quick first step and was great in pursuit at the U.S. Army All-American practices.

4. Garrett Goebel, Lombard (Ill.) Montini Signed with Ohio State Accomplished wrestler who uses agility well.

5. Lawrence Guy, Las Vegas (Nev.) Western Signed with Arizona State Has very light feet and showed them off at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

BEST RUN STUFFER

1. Stacey McGee, Muskogee, Okla. Signed with Oklahoma He is very strong at the point of attack despite raw technique.

2. Omar Hunter, Buford, Ga. Signed with Florida At 6-feet, 320 pounds, he is impossible to move.

3. Jarvis Humphrey, Cedar Hill, Texas Signed with Texas It is almost impossible for offensive lineman to get under his pads.

4. Marcus Forston, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern Signed with Miami He is very powerful and manhandles most offensive lineman.

5. Jurrell Casey, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly Signed with USC He helped Long Beach Poly only give up one rushing touchdown all season.

BEST PASS RUSHER

1. Marcus Forston, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern Signed with Miami Recorded 21 sacks in the highest classification in Florida.

2. Corey Liuget, Hialeah, Fla. Signed with Illinois Has speed to burn as a defensive lineman.

3. Stacey McGee, Muskogee, Okla. Signed with Oklahoma His highlights show off one of the best swim moves in the country.

4. Omar Hunter, Buford, Ga. Signed with Florida Has great technique and can be overpowering.

5. Lawrence Guy, Las Vegas (Nev.) Western Signed with Arizona State Has tremendous pursuit speed for a big man.

STRONGEST

1. DaQuan Bowers, Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg-Ehrhardt Signed with Clemson He was pushing around offensive tackles like paper dolls at Under Armour practice.

2. Ethan Johnson, Portland (Ore.) Lincoln Signed with Notre Dame He was injured his senior year but showed great strength as a junior.

3. Nick Perry, Detroit (Mich.) Martin Luther King Signed with USC Perry flashed power despite playing out of position at U.S. Army All American Bowl.

4. Chase Clement, Thibodaux (La.) E.D. White Signed with LSU He is very strong when he engages linemen.

5. Kavario Middleton, Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes Signed with Washington He uses his massive size to have his way with offensive lineman.

BEST AGAINST THE RUN

1. Tony Jerod, DeSoto, Texas Signed with Texas A&M Very active with excellent instincts against the run.

2. DaQuan Bowers, Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg-Ehrhardt Signed with Clemson He is nearly impossible to move and has excellent pursuit speed.

3. Nathan Williams, Washington Court House (Ohio) Miami Trace Signed with Ohio State His linebacker skills coupled with his athleticism make him ideal for playing the run.

4. Michael Williams, Reform (Ala.) Pickens County Signed with Alabama Sheds blocks well and keeps his feet.

5. Chase Clement, Thibodaux (La.) E. D. White Signed with LSU Keeps blockers off by using his hands well and gets good push upfield.

BEST PASS RUSHER

1. R.J. Washington, Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge Signed with Oklahoma He was the quickest off the edge at the U.S. Army All-American practices.

2. DaQuan Bowers, Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg-Ehrhardt Signed with Clemson He can either run around the offensive lineman or push them out of his way.

3. Nick Perry, Detroit (Mich.) Martin Luther King Signed with USC He uses his strength to get offensive linemen off balance.

4. Tyler Westphal, Menasha (Wisc.) Signed with Wisconsin At Under Armour practices he used his long arms to get around the offensive lineman.

5. Toby Jackson, Griffin, Ga. Signed with Georgia Many in Georgia thought he was the most dominant player in the state.

QUICKEST FIRST STEP

1. R.J. Washington, Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge Signed with Oklahoma He comes off the edge like a track star.

2. Cornelius Washington, Waynesboro (Ga.) Burke County Signed with Georgia This regional 100-meter champ can fly coming from his defensive end position.

3. Chaz Sutton, Savannah (Ga.) Jenkins Signed with South Carolina Not only did this speed rusher have three sacks in the GACA North South All-Star Game, he was also a running back in high school.

4. Datone Jones, Compton, Calif. Signed with UCLA He had 43 tackles for a loss as a senior because he gets into backfield so fast.

5. Quinton Coples, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy Signed with North Carolina Long and rangy, he gets off the ball with a long first stride.

BEST INSTINCTS

1. Etienne Sabino, Miami (Fla.) Dr. Krop Signed with Ohio State This student of the game made more than 150 tackles this season.

2. Sean Spence, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern Signed with Miami He proved all week at Under Armour that he could play the pass or run and was seldom, if ever, out of position.

3. Nigel Bradham, Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla Signed with Florida State His ability to read the run or pass led to 147 tackles and 12 sacks this season.

4. Michael Mauti, Mandeville, La. Signed with Penn State Seems to always know where the ball is going.

5. Mike Zordich, Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney Signed with Penn State Heady player has natural instincts at linebacker.

BEST RUN STOPPER

1. Jerrell Harris, Gadsden (Ala.) Gadsden City Signed with Alabama He punished his own running backs all week at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.

2. Shayne Hale, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway Signed with Pittsburgh Best moving forward and is strong at first contact. He could even play defensive end.

3. Darius Fleming, Chicago (Ill.) St. Rita Signed with Notre Dame Good size and long frame allows him to make more plays.

4. Uona Kavienga, Los Angeles (Calif.) Leuzinger Signed with USC At Under Armour he was smacking his own running backs around even when they were not in pads.

5. Brendan Beal, Bethlehem (Pa.) Liberty Signed with Florida Loves contact and was a battering ram during U.S. Army All-American Bowl week.

BEST CLOSING SPEED

1. Arthur Brown, Wichita (Kan.) Wichita East Signed with Miami He showed off his speed chasing down Sam McGuffie from behind in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

2. William Green, Hoover (Ala.) Spain Park Signed with Florida He was catching plays from the backside all week at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.

3. Ryan Baker, Blountstown, Fla. Signed with LSU Definitely one of the fastest linebackers in the class. His play is reminiscent of Derrick Brooks.

4. Lerentee McCray, Dunnellon, Fla. Signed with Florida He was also very impressive live chasing the ball sideline to sideline.

5. Marcus Robinson, Homestead, Fla. Signed with Miami Took direct angles and closed well during U.S. Army All-American Bowl week.

BEST ATHLETE

1. Nigel Bradham, Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla Signed with Florida State He was the winner of the EAS Speed and Strength award over some of the other great players in the nation.

2. Marcus Dowtin, Fork Union (Va.) Fork Union Military Academy Signed with Georgia Didn't have an impressive week at the Offense-Defense bowl, but he was the leading tackler and rusher for his high school two years in a row.

3. Arthur Brown, Wichita (Kan.) Wichita East Signed with Miami Was a two-way standout on his high school team for four years.

4. Lerentee McCray, Dunnellon, Fla. Signed with Florida The leading tackler for his high school team also returned kicks and played tailback.

5. Brandon Beachum, Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney Signed with Penn State He was the leading rusher and one of the top tacklers on his state finalist team.

FASTEST

1. D.J. Monroe, Angleton, Texas Signed with Texas Won the Texas 4A 100-meters as a sophomore.

2. Patrick Johnson, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely Signed with LSU Ran a sub-4.4 at USC Camp.

3. Boubacar Cissoko, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech Signed with Michigan Has great backpedal and impressive closing speed.

4. Brandon Harris, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington Signed with Miami He helped his team to a 4A state football title and was also part of the 2007 state track title.

5. T.J. Bryant, Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln Signed with USC He has run 38.02 for 300 meters.

BEST BALL SKILLS

1. Patrick Johnson, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely Signed with LSU He had stellar showings against great competition at USC's camp and Florida's Friday Night Lights.

2. Brandon Harris, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington Signed with Miami He not only had nine interceptions the last two seasons but made 57 catches at receiver.

3. Janoris Jenkins, Pahokee, Fla. Signed with Florida Showed off great hands at Under Armour All-American Bowl practices.

4. Brandon Taylor, Franklinton, La. Signed with LSU Was a threat on offensive and defense in high school.

5. Brandon Boykin, Fayetteville (Ga.) Fayette County Signed with Georgia Not only had five picks but also took every snap at quarterback and stars at point guard in basketball.

BEST COVERAGE SPEED

1. Alonzo Lawrence, Lucedale (Miss.) George County Signed with Alabama Shut down DeAndre Brown in Alabama-Mississippi All-Star practices and Julio Jones in the game.

2. Patrick Johnson, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely Signed with LSU Showed off his skills camp after camp.

3. Brandon Harris, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington Signed with Miami Did an excellent job covering A.J. Green, Aldarius Johnson and D.J. Grant during Under Armour practices.

4. Boubacar Cissoko, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech Signed with Michigan Had a great week covering DeAndre Brown, Brice Butler and DeVier Posey at U.S. Army All-American practices.

5. Janoris Jenkins, Pahokee, Fla. Signed with Florida Did a great job all week at Under Armour covering Joshua Jarboe, Daryl Stonum, and Julio Jones.

MOST PHYSICAL

1. Patrick Johnson, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely Signed with LSU At 6-foot-1, 193 he makes it very hard for receivers to get off the line of scrimmage.

2. Janoris Jenkins, Pahokee, Fla. Signed with Florida I saw him up close knock Joshua Jarboe to the ground off at the line of scrimmage.

3. Alonzo Lawrence, Lucedale (Miss.) George County Signed with Alabama Great size -- 6-foot-1, 195 -- allows him to match up with large receivers.

4. Travis Howard, Miami (FL) Dr. Krop Signed with Ohio State Another tall corner at 6-feet, he made 72 tackles and was named all-state.

5. Aaron Hester, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez Signed with UCLA Big corner had a whopping 89 tackles.

BEST ATHLETE

1. Alonzo Lawrence, Lucedale (Miss.) George County Signed with Alabama He's easily one of the best corners in this class and he caught 30 passes and returned five kickoffs for TD's.

2. Brandon Harris, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington Signed with Miami Starred on both sides of the ball for state champions and excels in track and field.

3. D.J. Monroe, Angleton, Texas Signed with Texas Running back was also a demon as a punt and kickoff returner. He showed great cover skills on special teams at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

4. Charles Whitlock, Chester, S.C. Signed with South Carolina He was the star quarterback on a state title team and excelled at defensive back at the Under Armour game.

5. Brandon Boykin, Fayetteville (Ga.) Fayette County Signed with Georgia Led his school to its first undefeated season and can dunk a basketball with ease at 5-foot-9.

FASTEST

1. Spencer Adams, Matthews (N.C.) Butler Signed with Clemson He showed great speed at Under Armour, even working out at corner against the taller receivers. He is ranked second nationally in the 110-meter hurdles.

2. Aaron Williams, Round Rock (Texas) McNeil Signed with Texas He displayed incredible speed and coverage skills at the U.S. Army All-American practice.

3. Joseph Ibiloye, Garland (Texas) South Garland Signed with Oklahoma He is a speed demon on special teams and can make a big hit from out of nowhere.

4. C.J. Holton, Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla Signed with Miami Has the size of a linebacker and really accelerates when making tackles at the line of scrimmage.

5. Rahim Moore, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey Signed with UCLA Had a great week of practice at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, especially making big hits on passes thrown over the middle.

BEST BALL SKILLS

1. Aaron Williams, Round Rock (Texas) McNeil Signed with Texas A safety with cornerback skills which were on displaye at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices.

2. Vaughn Telemaque, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly Signed with Miami He made three amazing interceptions in the Pac 5 championship game victory.

3. Jamoris Slaughter, Stone Mountain (Ga.) Tucker Signed with Notre Dame He had eight interceptions and 16 pass breakups in his junior and senior year combined.

4. Okechuckwu Okoroha, Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt Signed with Boston College He had four picks in limited action as a senior.

5. Dee Finley, Auburn, Ala. Signed with Florida He had an incredible 14 interceptions in his junior and senior season combined.

BEST COVERAGE SKILLS

1. Aaron Williams, Round Rock (Texas) McNeil Signed with Texas It has been debated whether he is a tall corner or a free safety with incredible coverage skills.

2. Vaughn Telemaque, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly Signed with Miami This safety is so athletic he may be used as a big corner at the next level.

3. Spencer Adams, Matthews (N.C.) Butler Signed with Clemson At the Under Armour practices he was used as a corner against the taller receivers and looked very good.

4. Charles Mitchell, Clarksdale, Miss. Signed with Mississippi State His performance at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic proved he could be a cover corner.

5. C.J. Holton, Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla Signed with Miami He really excelled at picking up backs out of the backfield his senior season.

HARDEST HITTER

1. Ramon Buchanan, Melbourne (Fla.) Palm Bay Signed with Miami He displayed the ability to roam sideline to sideline and make the big hit at the Under Armour practices.

2. Rahim Moore, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey Signed with UCLA He laid crushing blow after crushing blow on his teammates at the U.S. Army All-American practices and then did it in the game.

3. Joseph Ibiloye, Garland (Texas) South Garland Signed with Oklahoma Game against Rockwell showed he is a linebacker playing safety.

4. Dee Finley, Auburn, Ala. Signed with Florida This safety is the size of a linebacker and hits like one.

5. C.J. Holton, Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla Signed with Miami He is another safety that could be a hard-hitting linebacker at the next level.

FASTEST

1. Lamaar Thomas, Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly Signed with Ohio State He won the state 100-meter title.

2. Derrick Hall, Beaumont (Texas) Central Signed with Texas A&M Ran the anchor leg for the 4x100 district champions.

3. Will Hill, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep Signed with Florida He displayed blazing speed as a punt returner at the Under Armour practices.

4. A.J. Alexander, Altoona, Pa. Signed with Florida State Was fourth in the state 100-meters as a sophomore.

5. Davon Johnson, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington Signed with Miami This state title track team member ran an electronic-timed 4.48 at the Miami Nike Combine.

MOST ATHLETIC

1. Will Hill, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep Signed with Florida Looked very good playing safety, wide receiver, running back, punt returner and kick returner at Under Armour practices.

2. E.J. Abrams-Ward, Thomasville, N.C. Signed with Tennessee This great football player is a high-flying dunking machine on the basketball court.

3. Mark Barron, Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's Signed with Alabama He has the athleticism to play running back, linebacker or safety at Alabama.

4. Derrick Hall, Beaumont (Texas) Central Signed with Texas A&M Hall can play running back, defensive back and return kicks. He is also one of the state's top track stars.

5. Dyrell Roberts, Smithfield, Va. Signed with Virginia Tech This three-sport star also excels at basketball and track and field.

BEST BALL SKILLS

1. Will Hill, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep Signed with Florida He looked natural catching passes and kicks at the Under Armour practices. Look for Florida to use him on offense.

2. Burton Scott, Prichard (Ala.) Vigor Signed with Alabama Looked very natural with the ball in his hands while working at receiver and punt returner during Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic and Under Armour practices .

3. Davon Johnson, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington Signed with Miami This potential two-way star has incredible hands he showed off during a state title run.

4. D.J. Shoemate, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite Signed with USC Played mostly running back his senior year and excelled at catching the ball out of the backfield.

5. Deangelo Peterson, Baton Rouge (La.) Desire Street Academy Signed with LSU This two-way star led his team to the state semifinals catching 39 passes for 675 yards and 10 TDs. He also recorded 104 tackles, four sacks and four picks.

BEST JUMBO ATHLETE

1. Richard Samuel, Cartersville (Ga.) Cass Signed with Georgia This two-way standout rushed for 1,429 yards and 24 TD's while accumulating 82 tackles.

2. Jarmon Fortson, Columbus (Ga.) Carver Signed with Florida State This giant receiver caught 55 passes for 991 yards and 13 TD's, yet many schools recruited him as a linebacker.

3. Mark Barron, Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's Signed with Alabama He excelled as a running back, wide receiver and linebacker.

4. E.J. Abrams-Ward, Thomasville, N.C. Signed with Tennessee This 6-foot-5 athlete is being recruited as a linebacker, wide receiver and quarterback at the next level.

5. Chris Harper, Wichita (Kan.) Northwest Signed with Oregon This dual-threat quarterback ran for 600 yards and passed for 950 yards as a senior. Colleges were recruiting him as a running back, quarterback and linebacker.

STRONGEST LEG

1. Caleb Sturgis, Saint Augustine, Fla. Signed with Florida Hit a 51-yarder in the state championship game and hit booming kickoffs at the Under Armour practices.

2. Kevin Harper, Mentor, Ohio Signed with Pittsburgh Hit a state record 62-yarder and had 50 touchbacks.

3. Justin Sorensen, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham Signed with BYU This state champion power lifter had 81 touchbacks as a junior and looked great at the U.S. Army All-American practices.

4. Randy Bullock, Klein, Texas Committed to Texas A&M He hit the second-longest field goal in Houston Area history and made All-Area First Team as a junior.

5. Drew Alleman, Scott (La.) Acadiana Walking on at LSU His kickoffs were eight yards deep in the state championship game and his booming punts had more than four-second hang times.

MOST ACCURATE

1. Quinn Sharp, Mansfield (Texas) Mansfield Summit Signed with Oklahoma State He displayed a very accurate leg during the Offense-Defense practices in Ft. Lauderdale.

2. Chris Philpott, Atlanta (Ga.) St Pius X School Signed with Louisville He was 12-of-15 as a senior with longs of 49, 50 and 51.

3. Carson Wiggs, Grand Prairie (Texas) South Grand Prairie Signed with Purdue He had a great week of practice at Under Armour and looked natural kicking the ball off the ground.

4. Blair Walsh, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons Signed with Georgia He finished his senior season making 14-of-22, including two 59-yarders.

5. Jeff Locke, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Ridge Signed with UCLA He was 100 percent on extra point attempts during his high school career.

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