We are off and away into 2017 recruiting cycle. The Cardinal have wasted no time building off their strong 2016 in offering the following year’s talent. Here are some of the defensive offers for the upcoming recruiting class:
Martin Andrus DT Los Angeles, CA #34 overall #3 DT
The top California defensive tackle prospect stands at 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds. Scout.com analysis compares him to Cal star Brandon Mebane, and Andrus holds offers from nine Pac-12 schools including the Cardinal.
Ryan Johnson DE Mobile, AL #85 overall #7 DE
Along with quarterback Jake Bentley, Johnson is an elite prospect from Alabama. When offered by Stanford last August, Johnson said it was something he had been waiting for, and Scout analysis says the 6-foot-4 four-star recruit plays at “an advanced player for his age”.
Jaelan Phillips DE Redlands, CA #163 overall #14 DE
Phillips is a lanky 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds. He is the west’s top defensive end recruit and holds offers from most of the Pac-12 as well as Notre Dame, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
Anthony Hines ILB Plano, TX #16 overall #1 #1 ILB
Hines, a 6-foot-3 linebacker earned himself a five-star rating this past week. Along with the Cardinal, Hines has offers from Alabama, Baylor, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M and USC.
Avery Roberts ILB Wilmington, DE #86 overall #3 ILB
Roberts was hit early and often by schools when the contact period opened up for the 2017 class. The third-best inside linebacker in the country has the versatility to play defensive end or outside linebacker based on the defensive scheme according to Scout’s Brian Dohn.
Tyshon Fogg OLB Baltimore, MD #152 overall #12 OLB
The Baltimore product is all about the burst. He can get off the line quickly and plays well in space. His offers include Clemson, Duke, Maryland, Michigan State, Mississippi, Mizzou and Stanford.
David Adams ILB Pittsburgh, PA #100 overall #5 ILB
Adams initially had a top three of Notre Dame, Pitt and Penn State, but has received some more attention since then. The Cardinal came calling as well as Wisconsin, Mississippi, Baylor and Nebraska among others.
Sione Heimuli-Lund ATH Salt Lake City, UT #146 overall #15 ATH COMMITTED
The four-star commit comes in as a fullback/line backer and can beat you up on both sides of the ball. He pledged to the Cardinal in November and is the west’s fourth best athlete.
Darnay Holmes CB Calabasas, CA #11 overall #1 CB
Holmes is a two-way star, but says he is a “born corner”. The son of former NFL vet Darick Holmes made news recently announcing he will make his commitment on his birthday, which is June 23rd. Scout National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins reports Holmes decision will come down to Alabama, Arizona, Nebraska, Ohio State, Stanford, UCLA and Washington.
Jeffrey Okudah S Praire, TX #18 overall #1 S
The top safety in the 2017 class has already narrowed down his top ten to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford and Texas A&M.
Jamyest Williams ATH Lawrencevill, GA #63 overall #7 ATH
Williams does a little bit of everything and does it all very well. The four-star athlete is a versatile defensive back and an explosive running back. Scout.com analysis compares him to Arizona Cardinal star Tyrann Mathieu. Williams holds over 30 offers with Clemson and Florida State leading the way for the time being.
Chaz Ah You S Saratoga Springs, UT #87 overall #6 S
Stanford has done a good job recruiting the state of Utah over the past few years, and they are hoping that can continue with athlete Chaz Ah You. Ah You has been a star on both sides of the ball for Westlake High School and has a perfect build for safety at just under 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds. He has offers from BYU, Cal, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah and Washington among others.
Elijah Molden CB West Linn, OR #113 overall #11 CB
Molden has the instincts and comfort of a cornerback, and compares his game to Darrelle Revis. The four-star recruit has offers from Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, Washington and Washington State. Molden’s father is Alex Molden, who played for Oregon and had a significant pick-six against Washington that helped the Ducks’ rise in the mid-90s. Molden has plenty of ties to Oregon, but the Cardinal are in the hunt. Scout insiders say it could be a two-team race for this corner.
C.J. Avery S Grenada, MS #166 overall #12 S
The 6-foot-1 defensive star holds offers from Alabama, Cal, Memphis, Mississippi, Mississippi State and Stanford. He is known as a big-hitter who can also hold his own in coverage.
Jaylen Kelly-Powell S Detroit, MI #25 S
The Detroit-native is rangy and versatile. He stands 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds and is the top safety in the state of Michigan. Along with Stanford, Notre Dame, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio State, Tennessee and UCLA are a few of his offers.
Stuart Head S Woodstock, GA
The safety holds offers from the Cardinal, Cal, Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Charlotte. The three-star recruit is a behemoth in the secondary at 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds.
Damani Neal S Potomac, MD
The 5-foot-11 safety is offered by Stanford, Wisconsin, Penn State, Virginia, Maryland and Duke just to name a few.