West: Top Five Cornerbacks

Its a deep year for cornerbacks in the West with the talent especially strong in Fresno, thanks to the Fresno (Calif.) Central tandem of Johnny Johnson and L.J. Moore...

West: Top Five Cornerbacks
Location: Fresno, Calif.
High School: Central
Size: 5-9, 165
Recruiting: California, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington
Scouting Report: Johnson is a true lock-down corner, with tremendous strength packed into a shorter, but more filled out frame.  Johnson is good in press coverage and is real physical with opposing receivers.  He takes a lot of risks but they usually pay off.  Like most guys from Central California, he plays with a huge chip on his shoulder, with a lot of swagger and emotion, but has a short memory.  His DBs coach Tony Perry, who's coached over 40 D-I defensive backs, compares him often to former NFL corner Ricky Manning, in their hitting and coverage ability despite lacking ideal height.
Location: Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
High School: Rancho Cucamonga
Size: 6-0/170
Recruiting: Stanford, USC, UCLA, California, Washington, Florida,
Scouting Report: Part of a stellar secondary, Hawkins helped lead a stellar Rancho Cucamonga defense, that made it to the CIF-SS semifinals.  He does a great job anticipating the pass and jumping routes and is quick and fluid coming out of his backpedal.  Hawkins shows great burst and closing speed and he's difficult to gain separation from. Hawkins has very good ball skills and is also talented returner.  He and safety Tahaan Goodman are as good a corner/safety combo as you'll find out West.  He's also an excellent student, with a 3.8 GPA.
Location: Westlake, Calif.
High School: Westlake
Size: 5-9/175
Recruiting: Committed to UCLA
Scouting Report: The best way to describe Hunt is as a football player.  Of all the corners in the region, Hunt is arguably the best "football player" of the bunch.  What he lacks in size, he makes up for in physicality, instincts, ball skills and toughness.  He ran for over 1,000 yards in helping Westlake to the CIF State Open Division title game, but made his biggest mark defensively.  He's tough in coverage and does a great job of jumping routes.  While he doesn't have elite speed, he's fast enough that when he can jump a route, he's gone (see the CIF-SS finals).  He'll come up and hit you, either against the run or the pass, and has great closing speed.
Location: Chandler, Ariz.
High School: Hamilton
Size: 6-0/165
Recruiting: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA,
Scouting Report: The top pure corner in the state of Arizona, Luke is a tremendous defensive back who constantly makes plays.  He has good anticipation and instincts and very good awareness. Does a great job opening his hips and good recovery ability. Is a tough corner with good closing speed and won't hesitate to pop the receiver. A good athlete who just needs to add some more bulk to a frame suited for more weight.
Location: Fresno, Calif.
High School: Central
Size: 6-1/175
Recruiting: California, Notre Dame, UCLA, Arizona State, Washington
Scouting Report: Moore will team with Johnson to form the best corner tandem in the West, if not the country.  Moore may have the best ball skills of any corner in the West, with great anticipation and instincts. Has the best size of any of the top corners in the region, and could even add weight and become a safety. He will knock a receivers head off, and wont hesitate to go for the big hit.  Moore is also a talented basketball player and high jumper. 

The Next Five: Derek Babiash (Poway, Calif.), Cameron Walker (Los Angeles Loyola, Calif.), Chris Seisay (American Canyon, Calif.), Daquawn Brown (Los Angeles Dorsey, Calif.), Tyler Williams (Ironwood Ridge, Ariz.) 


National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins), National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman), Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell (@jason247scout) and Northwest Recruiting Analyst Jake Worthen (@JakeWorthen) contributed to these rankings.
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