Early West Coast Rankings: Safeties

It's a fairly light year for safeties out West, but UCLA is on the top prospect heavily, and has irons in the fire with a couple more...

It's not an especially strong year for safeties out West in terms top end talent but there is some nice depth. There are several players who could end up on either side of the ball and as we mentioned when we broke down the cornerbacks, a few of the corners could end up at safety before all is said and done.

1. Marvell Tell, 6-2.5, 185, Encino (Calif.) Crespi 
2. Frank Buncom, 6-3, 185, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine
3. Avery Anderson, 6-1, 175, Colorado Springs (Colo.) Pine Creek
4. Isaiah Renfro, 6-2, 185, Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon 
5. Kameron Powell, 5-10, 175, Upland (Calif.)

Tell is a top five safety nationally and has made a nice jump physically this past off-season. He's noticeably bigger and stronger and moves just as good as he always did. He can cover a lot of ground in the secondary and projects as an ideal free safety who can cover but is also strong in run support.

Buncom is a great looking player with impressive size, speed and ball sills. He has grown two inches in the last year and shows the versatility to play safety, some corner and even linebacker at the next level. He's a very physical player who can come down hill and was one of the stars at the SoCal NIKE Camp last month.

We saw Anderson in person in Las Vegas at the Pylon 7v7 tourney and he was smooth and fluid. He has a long, lean frame, showed good ball skills and can cover. He runs well enough to play corner but as he fills out, we like him as a free safety who will be able to cover a ton of ground in the secondary making plays.

Renfro is one of the region's best two-way athletes and is getting as many looks at receiver as he is as a safety. We just think his size and instincts translate a little better at safety. He had eight picks as a sophomore and has that rare innate ability to be around the ball and make a play.

Powell is the smallest player in our top five but one of the toughest. He plays with an edge to him and loves to hit. He's a physical, in the box safety, who can come down hill and deliver a blow but he's solid in pass coverage as well and always plays hard.

The Next Five:

6. Nicco Fertitta, 5-10, 175, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman-Notre Dame
Undersized but tough, smart and loves to hit.

7. Jevari Anderson, 6-0, 190, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle 
Great looking athlete who can run and hit.

8. Mike Bell, 6-3, 180, Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill
Tall and rangy who has looked good at corner this spring.

9. Elijah Jones, 5-11, 175, Upland (Calif.) 
Versatile enough to switch between safety or corner.

10. Chandler Gumbs, 6-1, 180, Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep 
Long and rangy athlete who stands out at WR as well.

National Analyst Brandon Huffman contributed to this report


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