Navy's prep school class, like the other positions on defense, suffered from attrition but most of the best defensive backs made it. With only one direct admit there are just five defensive backs in this year's I-day class. The good news for Navy fans is that while there wasn't quantity in numbers there was quality talent. GoMids.com will now look at the new Mid defensive backs.
Daiquan Thomasson (6-0, 190) was the starting Rover last year at the Naval Academy Prep School. He played free safety, running back and quarterback at Clayton high school in North Carolina. As a junior he played free safety. Before his senior season he attended the local Schuman's National Underclassmen Combine and was named defensive back MVP. Daiquan started his senior season at quarterback but was moved to running back while playing free safety. He earned All-Conference honors and was awarded his team's Most Valuable Player award.
Thomasson was probably the most talented defensive back last year at the Naval Academy Prep School. Thomasson is a tremendous athlete. He is fast, strong and possesses a 38-inch vertical leap. He has quick feet, covers a lot of ground and has man-on man coverage skills. Watching him cover slot receivers as a Rover you could project him to cornerback if the Navy staff wanted to move him. He is a form type tackler who can lay the lumber. Thomasson is a tough, physical player who played his entire junior season in high school with a broken hand and didn't miss a game. He has the ability to read and react quickly and can make big plays. Daiquan was an under the radar recruit who chose Navy over an offer from Fayetteville State. In my opinion he has the talent to eventually become an impact starter.
Brandon Clements was a starting cornerback last year at the Naval Academy Prep School. He played cornerback, running back and kick returner at Coral Reef high school in Florida. Clements was used at cornerback as a senior and made 25 tackles while intercepting two throws and knocking down another ten throws. He earned All-Dade county honorable mention. Clements played running back as a junior. He carried the ball 66 times for 349 rushing yards, a 5.3 average and scored six touchdowns. He also caught 9 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. The two-star Scout.com recruit chose Navy over Florida Atlantic.
Clements (5-11, 185) started at cornerback and was the primary kick returner for the Naval Academy Prep School last fall. He's a good cover cornerback with the ability to smoothly change direction. He has good speed, nice feet and a burst out of his backpedal. He was far more advanced and technically sound in coverage that either Kwazel Beltrand or Quincy Adams was at NAPS the previous season. Clements demonstrated his speed on a 85-yard kick off return for a touchdown against Bridgton Academy. Brandon can cover but at times he tends to lock on to the opposing receiver. He doesn't play the ball as well in the air which cost him a few interceptions. He does need to become a more physical player and improve his tackling. This past offseason he had shoulder surgery. He probably will be limited a bit in summer camp as a plebe. He has an excellent upside and should compete for a starting spot down the road as he gets healthy and matures.
Meet the New Mids: Defensive Backs pt I
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