Top 15 Defensive Back Recruits in the Nation

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The Top 15 Defensive Back Recruits in the Country

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US PRESSWIRE-- Marco Garcia

Today we arrive at the one of the most underrated football recruits in the country: the defensive backs. Finding a good defensive back in today's recruiting is very difficult; that is why many colleges go after the best to stop the new era of high-ocatane passing attacks. The last two Heisman winners, Johnny Manziel and Robetr Griffin III, both came from spread offenses that try to spread the field and then let a running quarterback go to town.

The passing game is more sophisticated, polished and measured in today's game, and having players to defend it is that important to winning football games. These are the top 15 defensive backs in the 2013 recruiting class; they are all elite prospects and watching them at the next level should be a whole lot of fun. Here is your top-15 DB prospects in the 2013 recruiting class.

As always, if you disagree, feel free to Rant your comment below or get in touch with me on twitter @AllDave_AllDay.

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Tier 3: The Up and Comers

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US PRESSWIRE- Daniel Shirey

15. Tahaan Goodman-

He could be the most complete safety in the entire class. He has size at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds to play safety at the college level. He has great closing speed and it is hard to find any major issues with his game. He is currently undecided, but could be going to the Pac-12 if he doesn't end up at LSU.

14. Tyler Foreman-

The safety from Encino, CA has great closing speed and tackling ability for his position. Foreman has committed to the Wisconsin Badgers and should see immediate playing time.

13. Dymonte Thomas-

Thomas played running back and outside linebacker at the high school level, but projects as a safety at the next level. He has committed verbally to Michigan and should be a difference maker in his first year there.

12. Vonn Bell-

Bell does pretty much everything well in the secondary. He has great hands and could play either corner or safety at the next level. Bell is currently undecided.

11. Antonio Connor-

Connor has played both ways throughout high school, but his true position is safety. He has the toughness and closing speed to be a safety at the next level. Connor is still undecided on a college.

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Tier 2: The Gunners

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US PRESSWIRE- Debby Wong

10. Su'a Cravens-

Cravens might be the best defensive back in the class, but he will have to see if he can handle the different passing attacks in the Pac 12. He will be a Trojan next year.

9. Eli Woodard-

Woodard has great size and speed for a corner; he should be able to guard anyone at the next level. He has committed to THE Ohio State University and we will see if they can keep their undefeated streak alive.

8. Chris Hawkins-

Hawkins has incredible anticipation and closing speed. He also has great ball skills and could be an excellent returner for the Trojans.

7. Mackenzie Alexander-

Alexander has great speed and should be able to keep up at the next level. He will probably end up in the SEC based on his interested schools list.

6. Johnny Johnson-

With excellent coverage skills and speed to boot, it would be a big surprise if he didn't contribute at the college level. He will probably end up at a West Coast school.

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Tier 1: The Elite

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US PRESSWIRE- Kim Klement

5. Jalen Ramsey-

Does he have what it takes for the college level? He has done everything asked of him at the high school level, but it remains to be seen if he can push forward. He is currently undecided on a college.

4. Maurice Smith-

The safety from Sugar Land, TX has remarkable body control and coverage awareness. He has excellent body control and has amazing hands. He will make a big difference for the tide next year.

3. Priest Willis-

This is a cornerback who could transition to safety at the next level. He has the size at 6'2'' and 190 pounds to do it, but does he have the will?

2. Kendall Fuller-

Fuller is widely considered the number 2 defensive back in the country. He will be attending Virginia Tech and will make some immediate noise in the ACC.

1. Vernon Hargreaves III-

This is without doubt the best Defensive back in the class. He will be going to Florida and you can bet that he will be starting his freshman year. This back has both coverage skills. He could improve on his tackling ability, but should be a shutdown corner at the next level.

1 of 4

The Top 15 Defensive Back Recruits in the Country

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US PRESSWIRE-- Marco Garcia

Today we arrive at the one of the most underrated football recruits in the country: the defensive backs. Finding a good defensive back in today's recruiting is very difficult; that is why many colleges go after the best to stop the new era of high-ocatane passing attacks. The last two Heisman winners, Johnny Manziel and Robetr Griffin III, both came from spread offenses that try to spread the field and then let a running quarterback go to town.

The passing game is more sophisticated, polished and measured in today's game, and having players to defend it is that important to winning football games. These are the top 15 defensive backs in the 2013 recruiting class; they are all elite prospects and watching them at the next level should be a whole lot of fun. Here is your top-15 DB prospects in the 2013 recruiting class.

As always, if you disagree, feel free to Rant your comment below or get in touch with me on twitter @AllDave_AllDay.

2 of 4

Tier 3: The Up and Comers

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US PRESSWIRE- Daniel Shirey

15. Tahaan Goodman-

He could be the most complete safety in the entire class. He has size at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds to play safety at the college level. He has great closing speed and it is hard to find any major issues with his game. He is currently undecided, but could be going to the Pac-12 if he doesn't end up at LSU.

14. Tyler Foreman-

The safety from Encino, CA has great closing speed and tackling ability for his position. Foreman has committed to the Wisconsin Badgers and should see immediate playing time.

13. Dymonte Thomas-

Thomas played running back and outside linebacker at the high school level, but projects as a safety at the next level. He has committed verbally to Michigan and should be a difference maker in his first year there.

12. Vonn Bell-

Bell does pretty much everything well in the secondary. He has great hands and could play either corner or safety at the next level. Bell is currently undecided.

11. Antonio Connor-

Connor has played both ways throughout high school, but his true position is safety. He has the toughness and closing speed to be a safety at the next level. Connor is still undecided on a college.

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Tier 2: The Gunners

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US PRESSWIRE- Debby Wong

10. Su'a Cravens-

Cravens might be the best defensive back in the class, but he will have to see if he can handle the different passing attacks in the Pac 12. He will be a Trojan next year.

9. Eli Woodard-

Woodard has great size and speed for a corner; he should be able to guard anyone at the next level. He has committed to THE Ohio State University and we will see if they can keep their undefeated streak alive.

8. Chris Hawkins-

Hawkins has incredible anticipation and closing speed. He also has great ball skills and could be an excellent returner for the Trojans.

7. Mackenzie Alexander-

Alexander has great speed and should be able to keep up at the next level. He will probably end up in the SEC based on his interested schools list.

6. Johnny Johnson-

With excellent coverage skills and speed to boot, it would be a big surprise if he didn't contribute at the college level. He will probably end up at a West Coast school.

4 of 4

Tier 1: The Elite

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US PRESSWIRE- Kim Klement

5. Jalen Ramsey-

Does he have what it takes for the college level? He has done everything asked of him at the high school level, but it remains to be seen if he can push forward. He is currently undecided on a college.

4. Maurice Smith-

The safety from Sugar Land, TX has remarkable body control and coverage awareness. He has excellent body control and has amazing hands. He will make a big difference for the tide next year.

3. Priest Willis-

This is a cornerback who could transition to safety at the next level. He has the size at 6'2'' and 190 pounds to do it, but does he have the will?

2. Kendall Fuller-

Fuller is widely considered the number 2 defensive back in the country. He will be attending Virginia Tech and will make some immediate noise in the ACC.

1. Vernon Hargreaves III-

This is without doubt the best Defensive back in the class. He will be going to Florida and you can bet that he will be starting his freshman year. This back has both coverage skills. He could improve on his tackling ability, but should be a shutdown corner at the next level.


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