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MSR – Top Defensive Backs – 2020 Class

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True defensive backs always seem hard to find. Or, finding the best fit on the next level is hard. Some FS grow into OLB’s. Some corners move inside to the safety position. Some corners are lock down and some are cover. All must be able to run. All must have good hips. I believe that most must be tough.

  1. Rickey Hyatt – Westerville Central – 6’2-180. S – Continues to get bigger/stronger/faster. Good closing speed. Good range. Possible corner, but like his run support. Continue to work on hips.
  2. Deshawn Jones – Akron East – 5’11-170. CB – Like to be a little taller, but runs well. Like his toughness on run support. Good hips, but improve re-direct. Cincinnati
  3. Carrington Valentine – Cincinnati Moeller – 6’0-170. CB – Natural corner, but could grow into a safety. Good hips. Can turn and run. Good initial quickness. Get bigger/stronger.  Kentucky
  4. Angelo Grose – Mansfield Senior – 5’10-170. CB – Explosive. Closes on ball well. Maintains a cushion. Reads and reacts to the ball. Competes and like his toughness. Michigan State
  5. Ethan Wright – Akron Manchester – 6’0-175. CB – Excellent athlete. Slender. Good closing quickness. Probably more of an inside guy, but needs to work at corner. Needs to get stronger and more explosive. Duke
  6. Jiovanny Holmes – Cleveland Heights – 6’2-190. FS – Tough. Strong. Explosive. Athletic. Like as a strong safety type. Closes well. Can play downhill. May grow into a linebacker. N/A
  7. Todd Bumphis – Toledo St Francis – 6’0-180. CB – Needs to work at corner first. Needs to improve re-direction. More flexibility in the hips. Possible to move into an inside DB position.  Michigan State
  8. Trent Sims – Sylvania Northview – 6’0-190.  SS – Athletic. Plays smart and reacts to the ball. Tough on run support. Like his awareness. Good range. Like his toughness.  Bowling Green
  9. William Anglen – Cleveland Glenville – 6’2-190. FS – Athletic. Also plays QB. Good range. Plays smart. Reads and diagnoses plays. Physical. Like his toughness. Possible to work at corner, as well.  Cincinnati
  10. Dayveon Bates = Springfield – 6’1-185. FS – A possible big/strong corner, but a better FS. Good range. Reads and reacts. Good athlete. Needs to continue to get stronger/faster. Improve re-direct. N/A
  11. Kindel Richardson – Canton GlenOak – 5’11-175. CB – Athletic. Needs to get bigger/stronger/faster. Can be a cover corner. Plays a  number of positions, but like him at corner. Possible slot receiver. Good ball skills. N/A
  12. Tobias Pitts Thomas – Dublin Scioto – 6’0-170. SS. Toughness to be an inside DB. Deceptive speed. Athletic. Good closing speed.  N/A
  13. Randy Mitchell – Steubenville – 6’0-170. CB – Coming back from an injury. Deceptive speed. Tough on run support. Good overall quickness. Fast. Must get bigger/stronger. Improve burst. Like his physicality. N/A
  14. Davon Holbert – Perry – 6’3-190. SS – Transfer to Perry. Big/long and athletic. Needs to improve straight ahead speed. Anticipates well. Could grow into an OLB on the next level. A wait/see prospect, but like potential.  N/A
  15. Sam Anderson – Trotwood Madison – 6’2-170. Athletic. Good feet. Needs to be more consistent. Good range. Needs to get bigger/stronger/faster. Like potential, but needs to play harder at times.
  16. Daylin Dower – Lorain – 6’0-180. Also a possible running back. Good burst. Like his toughness. Plays downhill. Possible corner, if he improves flexibility.  N/A
  17. Myles Williamson – Westerville Central – 5’10-170. CB – Keeps improving. Plays smart. Continuing to get bigger/stronger/faster. Anticipates. Recovers. Good closing speed. Height hurt somewhat. Has the toughness.  Bowling Green.
  18. Elijah Eberhardt – Cincinnati Princeton – 6’0-170. CB – Coming off knee injury and only played 3 games last year. Good hips. Good speed. Like his toughness. Needs to continue to get bigger/stronger/faster. Anticipates well. Much depends on health. Bowling Green.
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