Texas Trio: Cornerbacks

Texas doesn't seem to have an elite cornerback prospect this year, though the state does have several players capable of getting the job done.

1) Kendall Sanders, Athens

The elite cover corner prospect in the state, Sanders has ideal size at 6-foot and game-breaking speed. As a receiver, he shows the hips to turn and cut. He's not a natural pass-catcher, which means he's probably destined for a spot on defense, but he's a great prospect on that side of the ball. Prospects with Sanders' size/speed ratio aren't easy to find, which is why he's considered a top 10 cornerback despite limited experience at that position.

2) Bryson Echols, DeSoto (Texas)

Echols has average size, and he lacks ideal speed, but he's just a heck of a cornerback. Unlike Sanders, Echols is an experienced corner, and he has wonderful ball skills. His savvy and leaping ability allows him to play with taller receivers on jump balls, and he's typically right on a receiver's hip everywhere he goes. Echols is a high football IQ player who could plug and play early because of his instincts.

3) Orlando Thomas, Copperas Cove (Texas)

Thomas is a fantastic quarterback/athlete at Copperas Cove. He projects well at cornerback because of the way he drops his hips and changes directions. He's basically a less physically gifted version of Sanders, with less speed and a little less size. Thomas could take some time to adjust to the position, or with his physical tools and ball skills, he could project quickly like Quandre Diggs did out of this past class.

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Justin Thomas of West Orange-Stark is a wonderful talent who is short on height but long on speed and quickness. Oklahoma commitment Daniel Brooks ran a blistering 10.61 at the state title meet and could do well as a cornerback at the next level.

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