S Leon O'Neal (© Greg Powers)

Breaking Down the Top 10 Highest Rated Safeties in the Midlands Region

Who are the highest rated safeties in the Midlands region before the spring evaluation period hits? Scout takes a closer examination.

The Top Five

1. B.J. Foster, Angleton (Texas)

Foster is a force on both sides of the football and he could be an explosive offensive weapon or a dominating defensive presence once he arrives n the college scene. As an offensive player he is able to gash defenses as a running back and cash in long plays. He has great top end speed. His most upside could very well be on the defensive side of the football. He has great height as a defensive back and is rangy. His frame will fill out in time and he could be a tremendous deep safety, but he also has the ability to lock down receivers with his one-on-one coverage skills. He is considering offers from schools like LSUOhio State, and Texas.

2. Caden Sterns, Cibolo (Texas) Steele

Sterns older brother' -- Jordan Sterns -- was a high-level college recruit who no plays at Oklahoma State, so the family pedigree is strong. Caden is just beginning to fill out a frame that will easily hold around 200 pounds. He is a prospect who could play receiver or safety on the next level and be very good at both. On offense, he is a natural play maker with above average attributes in all areas. On defense, he is an aggressive and bold defender who will make receivers fear catching the ball in his area of coverage. He can run and covers ground quickly. His skills as a receiver make him a threat to make a big play for the defense in 50-50 scenarios. He is committed to LSU. 

3. Atanza Vongor, Grand Prairie (Texas) South Grand Prairie

Atanza Vongor is one of the top defensive prospects in the state of Texas for the 2018 class. He's a physical safety with the athleticism to succeed in coverage, but thrive crashing downhill and running the alleys. Vongor is a hitter who can separate the ball from the receiver or ball-carrier. Vongor's quick-twitch reactions combined with his size, speed, and overall athleticism are what make him special. He is committed to TCU.

2018 safety Atanza Vongor (© Greg Powers)

4. DeMarvion Overshown, Arp (Texas)

One of the top defensive prospects in Texas for the 2018 class thanks to his outstanding frame potential for the safety position, his overall athleticism, and his willingness to sell out physically on every snap. Overshown is a big hit waiting to happen at the back end of the defense. He has above average ball skills as he plays Texas Class 3A (small-school) football so he plays both ways and in the return game. Overshown flashes great closing speed. He can improve the technical aspects of playing in the secondary, but his natural body control suggests his fluidity will continue to get better as he develops. Overshown is a high-ceiling prospect and one of the nation's top safeties. He has all of the top offers.

5. Leon O'Neal, Cypress (Texas) Springs

Nice looking prospect physically at the safety position, long arms and the frame to add positive weight without losing speed. He has the ability to play deep and defend the pass, but he will also fly up and make tackles. He is a physical player who has some pop when he makes a hit and he looks like he enjoys to deliver those blows. He plays with some edge. He has many of the tools any Power Five program is looking for and an offer list that reflects that. He has good feet for a prospect his size and he displays good instincts that allow him to close quickly. 

Best of the Rest

6. Josh Proctor, Owasso (Okla.)


7. Jordan Moore, Yoakum (Texas)


8. Isaiah Humphries, Sachse (Texas)


9. Cam'ron Jones, Mansfield (Texas)


10. Joseph Foucha, New Orleans (La.) McDonogh


Scout regional analyst Gabe Brooks contributed to this report.

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