The primary Rivals100 for the 2023 class was launched final week and there are many questions left as the guts of the spring camp season approaches. Every day this week we’ve examined the largest rankings questions at every place. Right now the defensive backs had been put below the microscope.
The cornerback class is superb regardless that it could not measure as much as the unbelievable teams of the final couple years. Tony Mitchell and Javien Toviano landed within the prime two spots on the place and for good cause. Mitchell is a tall, lengthy cornerback with good instincts and place flexibility. Toviano is similar to Mitchell in that has nice size however has additionally performs very bodily and does a superb job of breaking on passes.
AJ Harris is at the moment third on the cornerback place however he has gained a number of notoriety during the last month or so. His spectacular performances to this point this offseason are mirrored in his present rating however he completely has an opportunity to maneuver up, identical to the remainder of the gamers on the place. At 6-foot-3, 185-pounds, Harris has all of the instruments faculty coaches are on the lookout for in a defensive again. He has nice soccer, is an elite athlete, and has spectacular quickness for a participant his dimension.
There has by no means been fewer than 4 safeties within the remaining Rivals100 however this class is at risk of doing simply that. The 2008 and 2011 lessons had simply 4 safeties within the remaining Rivals100 however, with three of them between No. 81 and No. 89, the 2023 class might find yourself setting an undesirable document. Louisiana native Derek Williams sits at No. 41 however there’s large hole between him and the remainder of the safeties within the Rivals100. Caleb Downs (No. 81), Rahmir Stewart (No. 84), and Terrance Love (No. 89) are the opposite safeties that made the Rivals100 however there could possibly be another safeties that floor later within the course of. If not, this could possibly be a yr to overlook on the security place.
9 athletes made the 2023 Rivals100 however solely a few them might legitimately find yourself listed at one of many defensive backs positions within the remaining rankings. Joenel Aguero, No. 54 within the Rivals100, might find yourself at security. He’s not the tall, lengthy security that many faculties covet however he flies across the secondary, is a ball hawk, and is an enormous hitter. Louisiana native Jaiden Ausberry might develop right into a linebacker but when he doesn’t bulk up and stays an explosive prospect, he might discover himself listed as a security. Dalton Brooks, No. 23 within the Rivals100, is really gifted and will simply be a star on the offensive or defensive facet of the ball. Along with his body and playmaking talents, Brooks could possibly be in No. 1 security within the nation if he determined to deal with protection.
It’s an excellent yr for cornerbacks within the state of Texas. Led by No. 21 general Javien Toviano, there are 5 of them within the Rivals100. At No. 43 general, Ryan Yaites is a tall, lengthy cornerback with an awesome sense of timing who is aware of the way to use his physique to make it tough for quarterbacks to get the ball to the receiver. Deldrick Madison, No. 72 within the Rivals100, is a bodily defensive again that with loads of versatility to maneuver across the secondary. He additionally has a knack for getting at hand on the ball. One other speedy and versatile defender, Jacoby Davis has all of the instruments to be an enormous time playmaker at cornerback. He exhibits off nice ball expertise and has the quickness and footwork to stay with virtually any receiver he comes throughout. Jamel Johnson, a cornerback with good dimension and leaping talents, landed at No. 99 within the Rivals100. He has a very good sense of timing and is aware of the way to play bodily with receivers on the line and scrimmage and down the sphere.
It wouldn’t be stunning to see any of those proficient cornerbacks find yourself greater within the Rivals100 within the subsequent rankings replace however Davis has a extremely well-rounded talent set. It is going to be enjoyable to see him all through this spring and summer season and actually learn how sturdy his recreation is.
Usually there are about 39 defensive backs within the Rivals250. The Rivals100 featured simply 15 so there are a lot extra on the market that can discover themselves contained in the Rivals250 when the rankings broaden this summer season. Caleb Presley and Malik Muhammad are two names to recollect at cornerback. Muhammad has a powerful talent set with good footwork, velocity, and a loads of confidence. Presley is a tricky cornerback that does a very good job disrupting the timing between receivers and quarterbacks. He additionally does a pleasant job of constructing performs on the ball.
At security, Marvin Burks, Peyton Bowen and Dakaari Nelson might find yourself contained in the Rivals250. Burks has proven a number of promise from a younger age and he’s solely gotten higher. Bowen is a bodily and rangy defensive again with good ball expertise. An enormous security prospect, Nelson performs with a way of aggressiveness that can intimidate the opposition. He can fly across the secondary and actually make quarterbacks and receivers suppose twice earlier than operating over the center.