Hot Button: Who Is The Best 2013 DB?

The Pony Stampede staff debates which 2013 commit is the best defensive back in the class

Russell Argues For Myles Crosby: Crosby, a tall strong safety from Colleyville Heritage compares very similarly to current Mustang Shakiel Randolph. Both are very tall for the safety position (around 6-foot-4) and are ball hawks in the air, as well as possessing the capability to lay big hits when necessary. Having tall defensive backs like Crosby are always a valuable assets, as they can cover both tight ends and receivers. His length and size are one of his best traits as a defensive back, and could make a splash early on at SMU.

EJ Argues For J'Marcus Rhodes: This one was a tough one. I really liked Myles Crosby when I saw him play earlier this year. He's 6-foot-3 and a real ball hawk. Plus, he can come up and deliver a hit. Trey Washington may not hold any other offer, but he's an intriguing prospect. He is an athletic East Texas talent and is a taller corner who can keep up with bigger and faster receivers.

But in the end, I went with one of the commits that probably caused the most stress to fans down the stretch. J'Marcus Rhodes is extremely talented and will probably compete for some early playing time at safety. He was named first team all-district at both corner and wide receiver and was one of the most explosive athletes in the Golden Triangle. At 6-foot-2, 185-pounds, Rhodes has the frame to be a very successful defensive back. But he also has nice speed and great leaping ability. I think he'll be making quite a bit of interceptions in the near future. Because of this, Rhodes stands above the other defensive backs in this class.

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