West: Top Ten Safeties

The nation's top safety, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly's Juju Smith, stands atop the West's early list...

West: Early Top Ten Safeties
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
High School: Poly
Size: 6-1.5, 185
Recruiting: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Fresno State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, San Jose State, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin
The Skinny: Smith is the No. 2 overall prospect in the West and could easily move up to the top spot. His upside is off the charts at safety and he's a top five receiver in the region as well. Smith has all the tools to dominate at the next level- great size and toughness, he can cover a lot of ground, hits like a truck, has great ball skills and plays with great field awareness. He's a late bloomer so he's far from reaching his peak and is just scratching the surface of how good he can be.
Location: Bellevue, Wash.
High School: Bellevue
Size: 5-10/185
Recruiting: Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Purdue, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Washington State
The Skinny: Baker, the top overall prospect in the NW, is one of the most versatile players in the West and could be ranked a top five prospect at corner as well as running back. We like him at safety and feel his overall athleticism and play making skills should allow to play early in his college career. He doesn't have a typical safety frame, but he plays bigger than his size, has very good speed and is a very dangerous returning punts/kicks as well.
Location: Sherman Oaks, Calif.
High School: Notre Dame
Size: 6-1/195
Recruiting: Committed to California
The Skinny: Farmer is a very impressive athlete and has a great frame for the safety position. He shows excellent cover skills for a big safety, has above average top end speed and is very instinctual. Farmer is a physical player has excellent ball skills and is a talented receiver as well. He's a sure tackler and brings an intimidating presence to the secondary.
Location: Gardena, Calif.
High School: Serra
Size: 6-0/195
Recruiting: Boise State, Colorado, Oregon State, San Jose State, UCLA, Washington, Washington State
The Skinny: Ihenacho was kind of the forgotten player in Serra's loaded rising junior and senior class but his stock has been on the rise in the last month. He has looked very good on the 7 on 7 circuit and is a natural free safety who covers a lot of ground and excels in pass defense. Ihenacho is also very good in run support showing plenty of physicality and he really flies to the football.
Location: Fresno, Calif.
High School: Central
Size: 6-0/175
Recruiting: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Eastern Washington, Houston, Nevada, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah, Washington
The Skinny: Brewer is a head hunter and one of the biggest hitters in the state. He's equally sound in pass defense and run support and has above average cover skills and instincts. With his physical style of play and dread locks flowing out the back of his helmet, Brewer is an intimidating presence on the field. He's a natural leader and his fiery play and emotion can help carry a defense.

The Next Five:
6. Das Tautalatasi (Concord, Calif.)
7. Jeff Farrar (Upland, Calif.)
8. Quentin Tartabull (Mission Hills, Calif.)
9. J.R. Hunt (Chandler, Ariz.)
10. Adam Soesman (Clovis, 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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