Long Beach (Calif.) Poly five-star Juju Smith tops the West's preseason safety rankings...
West: Preseason Top Ten Safeties
Long Beach, Calif.
Will take official visits to Alabama
, Notre Dame
, Ohio State
and Ole Miss
and is looking hard at UCLA
Smith is the No. 2 overall prospect in the West and could easily move up to the top spot during the season. 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.
Baker has maintained a top three of Oregon
since last spring with Arizona State
and new entry Texas A&M
now in the mix as well.
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. He even played some receiver at The Opening and was one of the top pass catchers in the entire event.
2 at RB
currently leads Notre Dame
and Florida State
The former Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman standout was originally ranked with the running backs before moving to the safety position. He's one the elite two-way players in the entire nation and is a definite difference maker at the next level. He'll have to sit out a few games after his controversial dismissal from Gorman but make no mistake, Starks is an elite athlete who has the talent to play for just about any school in the country.