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Elite Junior Showcase: Defensive Backs

During last Sunday's Elite Junior Showcase at North Gwinnett, there were plenty of young defensive backs that stood out. The group might been the deepest of any other position during the showcase, but three defenders stood out among the rest.

Malik Washington, 2019, Parkview

The freshman from Parkview might have had the best day of anyone in attendance.  Multiple parents and coaches were telling me he was the best of the bunch, and when I watched him I understood why.  The 5-foot-8 180-pound Washington is a little on the shorter size, but has a few more years to get a little taller and skill keep his muscle.  He is a well put together prospect already, and did a great job during drills.

In coverage he was always around the ball, he did a nice jump of high pointing the ball during drills, and ran one of the fastest 40 times of the day.  On film he shows he has a knack for the football, especially when it's in the air, and also showed that he is quite the hitter as well.  With an Auburn offer already, look for Washington recruitment to keep picking up, as he could be one of the best defensive backs in the state in a couple of years.

Rashad Ajayi, 2018, Langston Hughes

Another defensive back that had an impressive day was Ajayi.  Still an unknown recruit, the 5-foot-10 165-pound Ajayi showed good quickness and soft hands during the drills, and stood out in a very talented group.  He needs to get a little bigger but he's a good tackler who sometimes tackle to high, but he is aggressive and plays with great confidence.  On film he does a good job breaking on the ball and knocking it away from the intended target.  With strong camp performances and a solid junor season this upcoming fall, there is a chance many schools start showing.  No offers yet, but Ajayi said schools like Mercer and Northern Arizona are starting to show interest at the moment.

Artemus McCorkle, 2019, Newton

Newton is a school that has produced some big time talent recently, and they have another good one coming up in a few years.  McCorkle is another name to remember for the 2019 class who had a nice showing at the Elite Junior Showcase.  He got beat a couple of times in the final showcase round by some of the better receivers in attendance, but he looked impressive during footwork drills, not looking like a freshman at all.  He has good size at 5-foot-11 163-pounds with plenty of room to grow.  He has good muscle and showed very good ball skills during drills.

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