West: Top Five Safeties

A pair of five-stars, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta's Su'a Cravens and Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza's Priest Willis, lead the list of the West's top safeties in the 2013 class...

West: Top Five Safeties
Location: Murrieta, Calif.
High School: Vista Murrieta
Size: 6-1, 205
Recruiting: Alabama, California, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC, Washington
Scouting Report: Cravens is not just the top safety in the West, he's the top overall defensive prospect as well. He would also be the top linebacker in the region and there is much debate about what exactly is his best college position. He plays ‘backer in H.S and is a explosive hitter who closes on an opposing ball carrier faster than anyone in the West. He also shows the athleticism to play safety in college by how well he moves in space and how much ground he can cover. He's an incredible all around athlete who has the ability to play running back or even receiver in college but he has a defensive mentality and that's the side of the ball he definitely belongs at in college.
Location: Tempe, Ariz.
High School: Marcos De Niz
Size: 6-2/190
Recruiting: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC
Scouting Report: Willis actually plays corner at the H.S. level and has the ability to stay at that position in college. He has solid cover skills and the top end speed to turn and run with some of the fastest receivers as well. He has a safety frame however and will continue to get bigger. There's a good chance Willis will end up around 6-3, 225 pounds in a few years so safety will likely be his natural position. He's a physical player and will come up and hit you. He has long arms and is strong in press cover and having a safety that can cover a third receiver is a huge advantage for a defense.
Location: Mission Viejo, Calif.
High School: Mission Viejo
Size: 6-2/195
Recruiting: California, Oklahoma, Oregon, Notre Dame, USC, Washington
Scouting Report: Redfield might be the best all around athlete in the group. He doubles as a wide receiver and could definitely play on the offensive side of the ball in college. He's also a talented basketball player, which was actually his top sport as a freshman and sophomore. Redfield is strong in coverage and makes a ton of plays in the secondary. He's not as physical as he'll need to be in college, but he has a very solid frame and as he fills out and adds strength, that won't be an issue. He has explosive speed and is great in jump ball situations.
Location: Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
High School: Rancho Cucamonga
Size: 6-2/190
Recruiting: California, Florida, LSU, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Washington
Scouting Report: Even as a national top 100 player, Goodman could actually be under-rated nationally. He could be the most complete safety on this list as he combines the hitting ability of Byrd with the cover skills of Redfield. He has a great frame, runs very well and is a sure tackler. He breaks down very well, runs right through opposing ball carriers and doesn't miss tackles. He covers a ton of ground in the secondary and it's tough to find any real weakness in Goodman's game.
Location: Fresno, Calif.
High School: Central
Size: 6-2/200
Recruiting: California, Houston, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC, Washington
Scouting Report: Just how deep is the safety position out West? Byrd is the No. 5 rated player at the position in the region but No. 10 in the nation. He's the most physical player on this list and with a massive upper body, some feel Byrd will move to linebacker in college. Byrd has under-rated cover skills however and has loose hips and the ability to turn and run with tight ends and receivers. His strengths are definitely as an in the box run stuffer and he's the kind of intimidating hitter you want in your secondary. He's a true enforcer and has the makeup to play early in his college career.

The Next Five: Tyler Foreman (Encino Crespi, Calif.), Marcus Stamps (Los Angeles Jefferson, Calif.), David Price (Long Beach Poly, Calif.), Jayme Otomewo (Los Angeles Dorsey, Calif.), D.J. Moffitt (Concord De La Salle, Calif.) 


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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