Sunshine State Safeties for 2013

The Safety position is evolving as more teams move to spread type offenses in the college game. Being able to cover down the field has increased in importance and the state of Florida will be a place universities try to fill that need. As usual, the Sunshine State is loaded at the position. Here are 10 to keep an eye on.

Artie Burns, 6'1, 185, Miami Northwestern (Committed to Alabama)

Burns is one of the fastest players in the entire state, if not the country. He possesses a great body and frame; one made to add weight. He could end up playing either cornerback or safety at the next level, as a Bama commit he will likely get his first look at corner. He flashes big-time potential, but is still learning the nuances of the game and is inconsistent.


Carter has the physical tools to be special down the road
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Jamal Carter, 6'1, 190, Miami Southridge

Carter Highlights

Carter is exceptional athlete that makes plays in all three phases of the game. He has good size, smooth hips, and the type of speed coveted for today's game at Safety. The weight is starting to come for Carter and we love his ability to make impact plays. The main issue for Carter is staying healthy, he has missed time in each of the past three seasons.

Tyler Douglas, 6'1, 180, Fort Myers

Douglas Highlights

Douglas is a quarterback and a real good one, but he will end up playing Safety (or wide receiver) in college. Great athlete that has proven to be a real gamer. Douglas has shown the ability to cover during the off-season and his physicality projects well to the defensive backfield. Hard working player that is committed to reaching his ceiling.

Malik Greaves, 6'2, 190, Jacksonville Sandalwood (Committed to Vanderbilt)

Greaves Highlights

Greaves length stands out amongst the Safeties in Florida. At 6'2 with a frame to fill out to 205+, he has the type of size that schools covet. Very good range and he is not afraid of contact. Shows good instincts on film. Greaves needs to get a click faster and work on his man coverage skills for today's game.

Michael Johnson, 5'11, 180, Miami Booker T. Washington (Committed to Florida State)

Johnson Video

Whereas many on this list have a ton of potential and upside, Johnson is already a terrific player on the field. Very instinctive, all this young man does is make plays. Ball hawk. Johnson covers the field sideline to sideline and he plays faster than he times. At a shade under 5'11, Johnson lacks ideal size, because of that there is some debate on whether he might be better at corner for the next level.

John Marvin, 6'1, 190, Fort Walton Beach

Marvin Highlights

Marvin has tested out twice with high quality numbers across the board. Plays Safety and that is the easy projection, but he flashes the tools to play corner where his great size would be coveted. Love his ability to find the football and he does not shy away from contact. He does not get a lot of opportunity against passing teams, thus there is some question to his overall cover ability. Plays big and tough against run.


McQuay is one of the most coveted players in the state
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Leon McQuay, 6'0, 190, Seffner Armwood

McQuay Highlights

A state champion last year, McQuay returned an interception for a touchdown in that game. Built perfect with long arms and a body made for contact, McQuay is quality athlete that has the experience of starting for one of the state's top programs. He plays the position he projects at and there is little risk here. We would like to see him be more consistent and work on ability to cover 1on1.

Robert Miller, 6'2, 185, Coral Springs Taravella

Miller Highlights

Miller is flying under the radar thus far, but he will blow up in the Spring. He has the length, athleticism, and physicality to be a difference maker down the road. Plays all over the field and makes an impact. Needs to get faster and more fluid in coverage, but he brings a lot to the table because of his instincts. Likes to lay the lumber.

Keanu Neal, 6'0, 200, South Sumter (Committed to Florida)

Neal Highlights

Here is your physical hitter as Neal shows the ability to really hit from his secondary position. Neal has tested well everywhere he has been and checks in right at 200 pounds as a junior in high school. Love his ability to make plays all over the field and to play downhill. The two questions are the level of competition he faces and if he can cover down the field.

Nick Washington, 5'11, 180, Jacksonville Trinity Christian (Committed to Florida)

Washington Highlights

Very similar to Johnson above, Washington lacks ideal size and length for the Safety position, but just makes plays. Shows off his athleticism by being an offensive threat as well as top baseball prospect (will play both in college). Good tackler in space and has some pop when he hits. Washington just need to keep adding weight and strength.


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