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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.