West: Top 2014 Defensive Backs

The West's top prospect, Gardena (Calif.) Serra's Adoree Jackson, is on top of the West's cornerback rankings, and the nation's top safety, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly's Juju Smith, stands atop the West's early list,

West: Early Top Ten Safeties
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
High School: Poly
Size: 6-1.5, 185
Recruiting: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Fresno State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, San Jose State, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin
The Skinny: Smith is the No. 2 overall prospect in the West and could easily move up to the top spot. 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.
Location: Bellevue, Wash.
High School: Bellevue
Size: 5-10/185
Recruiting: Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Purdue, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Washington State
The Skinny: 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.
Location: Sherman Oaks, Calif.
High School: Notre Dame
Size: 6-1/195
Recruiting: Committed to California
The Skinny: Farmer is a very impressive athlete and has a great frame for the safety position. He shows excellent cover skills for a big safety, has above average top end speed and is very instinctual. Farmer is a physical player has excellent ball skills and is a talented receiver as well. He's a sure tackler and brings an intimidating presence to the secondary.
Location: Gardena, Calif.
High School: Serra
Size: 6-0/195
Recruiting: Boise State, Colorado, Oregon State, San Jose State, UCLA, Washington, Washington State
The Skinny: Ihenacho was kind of the forgotten player in Serra's loaded rising junior and senior class but his stock has been on the rise in the last month. He has looked very good on the 7 on 7 circuit and is a natural free safety who covers a lot of ground and excels in pass defense. Ihenacho is also very good in run support showing plenty of physicality and he really flies to the football.
Location: Fresno, Calif.
High School: Central
Size: 6-0/175
Recruiting: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Eastern Washington, Houston, Nevada, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah, Washington
The Skinny: Brewer is a head hunter and one of the biggest hitters in the state. He's equally sound in pass defense and run support and has above average cover skills and instincts. With his physical style of play and dread locks flowing out the back of his helmet, Brewer is an intimidating presence on the field. He's a natural leader and his fiery play and emotion can help carry a defense.

The Next Five:
6. Das Tautalatasi (Concord, Calif.)
7. Jeff Farrar (Upland, Calif.)
8. Quentin Tartabull (Mission Hills, Calif.)
9. J.R. Hunt (Chandler, Ariz.)
10. Adam Soesman (Clovis, Calif.)

West: Early Top Ten Cornerbacks
Location: Gardena, Calif.
High School: Serra
Size: 5-10/170
Recruiting: Committed to
Scouting Report: Jackson is an elite talent who can kill an opposing team on offense, defense and special teams. He's currently rated the No. 1 overall prospect in the West and the No. 2 corner nationally. He's a great athlete and has a chance to break the state record in the long jump. He has elite speed, quickness and incredible ball skills and should be an immediate contributor returning punts/kicks at the next level.
Location: Bellflower, Calif.
High School: St. John Bosco
Size: 5-11, 170
Recruiting: Committed to
Scouting Report: Whether Wadood ends up at corner or safety in college, he'll be an elite playmakers at either spot. He has corner size but plays safety in H.S and for his 7 on 7 team to take advantage of his great ball skills and field awareness. He covers a ton of ground, has an incredibly high football IQ and always knows where to be on the field. He's also a physical player and isn't afraid to come up and hit you.
3. Naijiel Hale
Location: Bellflower, Calif.
High School: St. John Bosco
Size: 5-11/170
Recruiting: Committed to
Scouting Report: Pound for pound, Hale is one of the toughest players in the region, regardless of position. He's a pit bull and will physically battle you on every play. Hale plays with a chip on his shoulder and it has served him well this winter. He has quickly become one of the hottest corner recruits in the region and it's well deserved. He thrives in press coverage and has the feet to close as quick as a cat as well.
4. Adarius Pickett
Location: El Cerrito, Calif.
High School: El Cerrito
Size: 6-0/180
Recruiting: Committed to
Scouting Report: Pickett is a big, physical corner who is built like a safety but he can run. Among this group, he's the best guy in run support and is a very solid tackler. He's an instinctual player who plays some offense as well and shows good hands and his overall athleticism has improved in the last year. He's very tough, plays with an edge and has a very big upside to him.
5. Jonathan Lockett
Location: Santa Ana, Calif.
High School: Mater Dei
Size: 5-11/170
Recruiting: Committed to
Scouting Report: Lockett brings a lot of skills to the table. He's a technician and is about as fundamentally sound as you'll see. He understands the corner position well and is a very cerebral player. He has gotten faster and stronger in the last year and showed high level athleticism at the recent IMG 7 on 7 tourney. Lockett has great leaping ability, ball awareness and has been one of the state's top corners since his sophomore year.

The Next Five:
6. Denzel Fisher (Compton, Calif.)
7. Rodney Carr (Los Angeles, Calif.)
8. Brandon Lewis (Elk Grove, Calif.)
9. Malik Cyphers (Westlake Village, Calif.)
10. Kevin Nutt (Fresno, Calif.)


National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins), National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman), Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell (@jason247scout) and Northwest Recruiting Analyst Jake Worthen (@JakeWorthen) contributed to these rankings.
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