West Rankings 2010: Ss and CBs

It's a good year for talent in the defensive secondary, with elite guys like UCLA-committed Tony Jefferson, and Dietrick Riley, Joshua Shaw and Shaquille Richardson...


Safety is one of the strongest and deepest positions in the West this year on defense, led by the big hitting ability of Parker, the multi-positional talent and athleticsm of Riley, Dargan and Jefferson, and the all-around ability of Flowers, Carrington and Bailey.

1. Sean Parker, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne
This big hitter is the kind of guy who makes things happen every Friday night.

2. Dietrich Riley, La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis
Could play running back, receiver or safety in college.

3. Tony Jefferson, Chula Vista (Calif.) Eastlake- UCLA
Has played linebacker, safety and running back in high school and could do the same in college.

4. Marquis Flowers, Goodyear (Ariz.) Millenium
Arizona's top overall prospect is an excellent athlete who patrols the secondary.

5. Dion Bailey, Lakewood (Calif.)- USC
On a team with a lot of offensive talent, Bailey shines as the top defensive player for the Lancers.

6. Erick Dargan, Pittsburg (Calif.)
The Bay Area's top defensive prospect in the class of 2010.

7. Devon Carrington, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton- Stanford
An explosive and sure tackler, has good range and good cover skills.

8. Chris Badger, Provo (Utah) Timpview- Notre Dame
One of the smartest prospects at the position, has been a big part of Timpview's last two state title runs.

9. Shaydon Akuna, Kapolei (Hawaii)
Hawaii's top defensive back has the size and skill set to move to linebacker in college.

10. Derrick Malone, Colton (Calif.)
Another great athlete who can play either side of the ball, has a real nose for the ball.

The Next 10:
11. Lucky Radley, Agoura (Calif.)  
12. Ramon Abreu, Tempe (Az.) Marcos de Niza  
13. Tevin McDonald, Fresno (Calif.) Edison- UCLA
14. Josh Robbins, Tucson (Az.) Canyon del Oro  
15. Deone Bucannon, Fairfield (Calif.) Vanden- Washington State  
16. Edward Dillihunt, Tulare (Calif.) Tulare Union  
17. Tre Sayles, Corona (Calif.) Santiago  
18. Charles Garrett, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey  
19. Ryan Harper, Phoenix (Az.) Greenway  
20. Steven Bethley, Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo  

Other Safeties to Watch (in alphabetical order):
A.J. Powell, Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak  
Brett Thomas, Poway (Calif.)  
Charles Boyett, Napa (Calif.)  
Chase Gallagher, Tucson (Az.) Salpointe  
Dave Douglas, Oakland (Calif.)
David Tavita, Menifee (Calif.) Paloma Valley  
DaVonne Yarbrough, Fairfield (Calif.) Vanden  
Devin Topps, Kent (Wash.) Kentridge  
Donald West, Lakewood (Calif.)  
Elijah Mitchell, Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Oasis  
Henry Organ, Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's  
James Adam-Hurd, Burbank (Calif.) Burroughs  
James Grace, Inglewood (Calif.)  
Josiah Marshall, Compton (Calif.)  
Junior Kaveinga, Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger  
Keegan Whipkey, Peoria (Az.) Liberty  
Keith Hutchins, Upland (Calif.)  
Kyle Sosnowski, Boise (Idaho) Capital Boise State
Kyler Frackrell, Mesa (Az.) Mesa  
Levi Taylor, Spokane (Wash.) Lewis and Clark  
London Lacy, Kingsburg (Calif.)  
Marcus Umu, Honolulu (Hawai'I) St. Louis  
Max Napolitano, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian  
Nick Okano, North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake  
Patrick Cook, Lompoc (Calif.)  
Rene Siluano, Oceanside (Calif.)  
Richard Parker, Chandler (Az.) Basha  
Robert Watson, Los Alamitos (Calif.)  
Trevor Weis, Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro  


Shaw and Wright headline a talented group of cornerbacks from the West.

1. Joshua Shaw, Palmdale (Calif.)
Has the size of a safety with the quick hips of a corner and can lock receivers down.

2. Demetrius Wright, Corona (Calif.)
Just like Shaw, has safety size, but the athleticism to be a big cover corner.

3. Keanon Lowe, Portland (Ore.) Jesuit
Excellent athlete does it all for Jesuit and could play cornerback or slot receiver in college.

4. Keanu Nelson, Tucson (Ariz.) Sabino
Arizona's top defensive back is highly coveted by most of the West's top programs.

5. Terrance Mitchell, Sacramento (Calif.) Burbank- Oregon
The Capital City's top prospect this year, Mitchell is smooth, with good backpedal and quickness.

6. Shaquille Richardson, Los Alamitos (Calif.)
Orange County's best defensive back is deceptively quick, with great ball skills.

7. Troy Hill, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Has been a big part of the Seraphs' past two state titles, he's not as big as Shaw or Wright but can cover like them.

8. Anthony Brown, Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser- USC
Has gotten most of his accolades as a running back but Pete Carroll likes him as a cornerback.

9. Derron Smith, Banning (Calif.)
Plays quarterback and safety for Banning and is also a basketball star, so his athleticism will come in handy at corner at the next level.

10. Bryan Douglas, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne- Boise State
Had a great spring and has no trouble locking down receivers.  Was a part of one of the best secondaries in the West last year.

The Next 15:
11. Jourdan Grandon, Avondale (Az.) Westview
12. Jeremy Ioane, Honolulu (Hawai'I) Punahou
13. Kenneth Acker, Portland (Ore.) Grant
14. Joshua Mitchell, Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt
15. Matt Simmons, Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery-Washington State
16. Tracy Clark, Pittsburg (Calif.)
17. Bene Benwikere, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
18. Jered Bell, Ontario (Calif.) Colony
19. Jonathan Mack, Colton (Calif.)
20. Isaiah Burse, Modesto (Calif.) Modesto Christian
21. Brock Vereen, Valencia (Calif.)
22. Damante Horton, Oakland (Calif.)-Washington State
23. Reggie Davis, San Ramon (Calif.) California
24. Joseph Smith, Norco (Calif.)-Utah
25. King Holder, Oceanside (Calif.)-San Diego State

Other Cornerbacks to Watch (in alphabetical order):
Adam Dixon, Laveen (Az.) Cesar Chavez  
Anders Battle, Phoenix (Az.) Desert Vista  
Brandon Golden, Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak-Washington State
Darien Johnson, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat  
Dee Maggitt, Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes  
Devan Spann, Gardena (Calif.) Serra  
Enrique Thomas, Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa  
Erik Walker, Park City (Utah)  
Femi Odaibo, Beaumont (Calif.)  
Gianni Olivas, Upland (Calif.)  
Grant Gellatly, Issaquah (Wash.)  
Jeremy Morris, Chandler (Az.) Chandler  
Josh Jacko, San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral  
Kyle Coffey, Peoria (Az.) Centennial  
Kyle Olugbode, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep  
Marcuss Anderson, Granada Hills (Calif.) Kennedy  
Randy Hale, Buckeye (Az.) Buckeye  
Twin Fernandes, Los Alamitos (Calif.)  
Vante Johnson, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant  
Willis Wilson, Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes  

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