Orlando NFTC: Defensive Backs

Here's a look at some of the top defensive backs from the Orlando Nike Football Training Camp, led by Florida State commitment Derwin James.

Here's a look at some of the top defensive backs from the Orlando Nike Football Training Camp, led by Florida State commitment Derwin James (Haines City).

Derwin James (Haines City, Fla.)
You can make a strong case that James was the top performer of the weekend? He was so impressive once again. James is a gamer and so darn competitive. He looks ready to compete on the next level now. He has great range in the secondary, he tracks the ball well, he closes very well, and he is physical. He is confident and should be.

Kenyatta Anderson (Gulfport, Fla./Boca Ciega)
Not many know this name yet, but he will have offers by the end of the spring. He was the second best defensive back Saturday and likely the top cover guy. He is close to 6-feet tall, he can play press coverage, and he ran with some top wideouts. Anderson also looks like a combo guy that can play cornerback or safety.

Aaron Covington (Seffner, Fla./Armwood)
Covington is a smaller cornerback (5-9) with good cover skills. He has the hips to run and change directions and he has a terrific break on the ball. Covington is very aggressive and this can sometimes hurt him in coverage. Look for his recruiting stock to rise this spring. This kid is a very good defensive back.

Dante Thomas (Orlando Wekiva)
Thomas is a terrific two-way standout from the central Florida area. He was marvelous playing wide receiver on Friday during the Elite 11 competition, catching everything in sight. Thomas has terrific ball skills and hands. Then on Saturday he flipped to cornerback and had a solid day. He has good size and build and showed quality cover skills.

Demetrius Mann (Tampa King)
Mann is a very good cover guy with speed and quickness. He can flip his hips, turn and run with just about anyone. He can change direction and close on the ball. Mann is just small and in the 5-foot-8 range.

For all the latest news and notes from the Nike Football Training Camp, check out Scout's complete 2014 NFTC Coverage.


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