Dean Legge

Atlanta Opening: Top DB's

Sunday's Atlanta Regional featured some defensive backs who had their hands full with some talented receivers. In camp settings like thee it can be very tough for a defensive back, but a few of them really stood out among the rest. Here are some of the days top performers at defensive back.

William Poole, Hapeville Charter (GA)

The state of Georgia's top ranked cornerback had a tremendous day, and proved why his ranking is so high by getting an invite to The Opening. The 6-foot-1 175-pound Atlanta native has good size, ball skills, and showed great technique in coverage.  He never got beat badly in the session I watched, and did a good job of knocking the ball away from the receiver while the catch was being made.  He moved his hips well when covering someone deep, and closed on the ball well on short underneath throws.  Florida and Georgia are the top two schools in the running for one of the best corner backs in the country.

Troy Simon, Milton (GA)

Simon was somewhat of an unknown coming into the camp, but proved throughout the day he was one of the best in attendance after earning an invite to The Opening and being named MVP of the defensive backs.  Simon was solid in coverage all day, played very physical, and routinely got his hand on the football.  Simon has good size at 6-foot-1 185-pounds, and could play corner or safety at the next level.  Cal, Wake Forest, Maryland, Oregon State, and Illinois have all offered this talented prospect from Alpharetta

Carlito Gonzalez, Stephenson (GA)

Gonzalez is a guy who continues to impress every time I see him.  He had his way with receivers all day, and was in the receivers hip pocket on every rep.  The 6-foot-1 184-pound Auburn commit moves very well, and showed good ball skills when the ball was in the air.  Gonzalez was one of the better true safety prospects in attendance.  Gonzalez is ranked the fourth-best safety prospect in a loaded defensive back class in the state of Georgia.

Xavier McKinney, Roswell (GA)

One of the bigger defensive backs on Sunday was Roswell's McKinney.  The 6-foot-2 185-pound Alabama commit is built very well and has added muscle since I saw him last.  While he had trouble with smaller receivers, especially on short underneath routes, he did a tremendous job defending the receiver on deep jump ball situations in the end zone.  McKinney also showed great ball skills, which is one of the major strengths of his game.  Look for Georgia and other major programs to keep recruiting the Alabama commit hard over the next 11 months.


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