West: Preseason Top Ten Safeties

The nation's top safety, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta's Su'a Cravens, leads the preseason list of the West's top safeties...

West: Preseason Top Ten Safeties
Location: Murrieta, Calif.
High School: Vista Murrieta
Size: 6-1, 205
Recruiting: Committed to USC
The Skinny: Cravens is not just the top safety in the West, he's the top overall prospect in the region as well. He would also be the top linebacker in the region and would rank among the top receivers in the area as well. The USC commit plays primarily linebacker in H.S and is a explosive hitter who closes on an opposing ball carrier faster than anyone in the West. He showed at several summer 7 on 7 tournaments that he'll have no problem making the move to safety in college as he can cover a ton of ground, has great football instincts and his ball skills are unrivaled. Cravens is just an incredible all around athlete, a top 10 player nationally and one of the most versatile players the Golden State has produced.
Location: Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
High School: Rancho Cucamonga
Size: 6-2/190
Recruiting: USC, LSU, UCLA, Washington
The Skinny: Goodman exploded this past spring/summer and raised his stock more than any other defensive back. He could be the most complete safety on this list as he's both an explosive hitter and punishing hitter and has excellent range and balls skills as well. He has a great frame that will be able to hold more weight, 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. He's not a great one on one cover man right now but he's still better than most and he should improve in this area with more experience. USC, UCLA, Washington and LSU could be the schools to beat.
Location: Mission Viejo, Calif.
High School: Mission Viejo
Size: 6-2/195
Recruiting: Committed to USC
The Skinny: Redfield might be the best all around athlete in this group and will be an ideal safety complement to Sua Cravens at USC. He doubles as a wide receiver and could definitely play on the offensive side of the ball in college but was recruited to play safety. Redfield's best asset is the range he covers and the amount of plays he makes in the secondary. He's always around the football and his explosive leaping ability allows him to make a ton of plays in the red zone on both sides of the ball. He's not as physical as he'll need to be in college, but he has a great frame and as he fills out and adds strength, that won't be an issue.
Location: Fresno, Calif.
High School: Central
Size: 6-2/200
Recruiting: Committed to Oklahoma
The Skinny: Byrd surprised a lot of people with his recent commitment to Oklahoma but he'll fit in very well in the Sooners defensive scheme. He's not as athletic but could play a similar role as current Sooner Tony Jefferson as a cross between a safety and linebacker. He's the most physical safety in the region with under-rated athleticism. He tested very well at the SPARQ portion of The Opening running a 4.62-40, 4.12 in the shuttle and jumping 35 inches in the vertical. He can run with tight ends and some big receivers but his strength in college will be as an in the box strong safety stuffing the run. He brings an intimidating presence to the field and has the kind of enforcer mentality you want on your defense.
Location: Encino, Calif.
High School: Crespi
Size: 6-2/190
Recruiting: Oklahoma, UCLA, California, Minnesota, Utah
The Skinny: In just about any other year, Foreman would be at the top of this list as he's a very talented player with every physical tool you could want in a college safety. He's the biggest safety on this list measuring in at a very solid 6-2, 195 pounds and like Byrd, he tested very well at The Opening. He can run and cover and is a big hitter. He has the athleticism to play free safety but the toughness, size and hitting ability to play in the box and could even bulk up in to a linebacker. He's a natural leader as well and has tremendous upside. Don't be surprised if Foreman outplays several players on this list rated higher than him in college.

The Next Five:
6. Brandon Arnold (Encino, Calif.)
7. D.J. Moffitt (Concord, Calif.)
8. David Price (Long Beach, Calif.)
9. Jayme Otomewo (Los Angeles, Calif.)
10. Justin Strong (Fontana, 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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