Defensive back might be the state's deepest position other then running back. There are multiple players holding multiple college offers and there are at least half dozen more that could get offers by the time it is all said and done. Many of these players play on both sides of the ball because of their speed and athletic ability, so stats didn't play a huge role in how I made these selections.
By no means is this the end all be all of rankings. These are just my preseason rankings are going to change multiple times throughout the year.
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1. Marc Anthony- Chandler- 6-1 180- One of the nation's top corner prospects. Recorded 58 tackles and 5 INTs last year.
3. Allante Battle- Desert Vista- 5-8 170- Dangerous player on both sides of the ball and is being recruited at both positions. Best speed in the state.
Hooks- Brophy- 6-1 170-
5. Jeff Hughes- Centennial- 5-10 190- Stats were not all that great but that is because he wasn't thrown at a lot. Also a very good RB and was an all region and all state pick.
6. Jarrell Barbour- Centennial- 6-1 190- Barbour is very good at everything he does on the football field. He is big enough to be a force in the run game, his film shows he will lay the wood, and is fast enough to man cover nearly any receiver in the state.
7. Quinton Baker- Marcos- 5-8 180- Was very good last year recording 82 tackles and 5 INTs in a very good region.
8. Tyrese McGruder- Glendale- 5-8 160- No one is really talking about McGruder but he had one of the best year's in 4A2 last year. Recorded 70 tackles and 7 picks on D and was a stud RB and return man.
9. Alfred Bowden- Deer Valley- 5-10 180- 1st team all region as a junior and has looked sharp in passing league this off season.
10. Byron Davis- Monument Valley- 5-10 180- Has to be one of the top small school players in the state. Had 77 tackles and 12 INTs last year. Also rushed a 1000 yard rusher.
1. Gerell Robinson- Hamilton- 6-4 210- Robinson takes a beating on the message forums but he was very good last year roaming the secondary. He 45 tackles, 8 INTs and 2 FRs. Not known as a hitter but you have to commend the job he did last year being thrown in at a position he never played and doing as well as he did. We will see how much DB he plays this year.
2. Harold Bernard- Chandler- 6-1 180- Multi purpose player that is being recruited as a safety. Does a lot of little things right.
3. Jake Muasau- Buena- 6-2 205- Played a lot of corner last year and was very good in run support and up in the box. Also a good wideout.
4. Mike Cummings- Chaparral- 6-2 190- Stud on either side of the ball. Was a 1st team all region and all 4A pick at DB after recording 7 INTs.
Morrison- St. Mary's- 5-11 200- Another two-way all region player that
is not being talked too much about. Looked the part out at the
6. Drew Maggi- Brophy- 5-11 170- Might not have the right size and speed to get much recruiting attention but you can't argue with the productivity; 66 tackles and 6 INTs.
7. Max Zemezonak - Pinnacle- 5-10 170- Had 6 picks and took 3 of them to the house. Is being recruited by some Ivy League schools.
8. Eric Benson- Corona- 6-3 180- Part of a very good secondary where all four players earned all region honors. Had 71 tackles and 4 INTs last year.
9. Bryce Cooper- Deer Valley- 6-0 170- Named 2nd team all region last year after recording 77 tackles and a pick.
10. Fabrice Nolan- Mesquite- 6-3 185- Has to be doing something right to be an all region pick in the tough Fiesta region and playing against the tough WRs from that region last year (Taylor, Peacock, Sepulveda, McDaniel, Murray).
1. Chris Jamison (JR)- Desert Ridge- 5-11 170- Transfer from Tolleson has will be one of 2009's top DBs.
2. D'Juan Cherry- Ironwood Ridge- 5-11 180- One of the top RBs in Tucson but is being recruited as a corner.
2. Marquese Wheaton- Mt. Pointe- 5-10 170- Definitely could make a case to be in the top 10. Primary focus will be on offense but is too good of an athlete to be left off the field on D. Could easily jump in the top 10 CBs by the middle of season.
3. Derek Osterblad- Chaparral- 5-10 170- Might be overshadowed by Cummings but Derek was an all region pick as well recording 6 INTs.
4. Elijah Chaing- Corona- 5-9 160- 1st team all region pick last year.
5. Andy Wilder (JR)- Notre Dame- 6-3 190- had a big sophomore year snatching 5 INTs. Has the prototypical size to be a highly recruited safety.
Others to Watch
Lee Abraham- Desert View- 5-9
Tim Austill- Mingus- 5-11 160
Eddie Allen- Buckeye
Keith Anglin- Desert Vista- 6-0
Jason Barnett (JR)- Apollo- 5-11 180
Doyle Bode (JR)- Catalina Foothills- 5-11 165
Bryan Bohen- Goldwater- 6-0 160
Dylan Borys (JR)- Paradise Valley-
Skyler Branch (JR)- Prescott
Austin Brunke (JR)- Cactus- 5-10 165
Wilmar Cabrera- La Joya- 5-3
Dveron Carr- Chaparral- 6-1 190
Blaise Deal- Moon Valley- 6-2 200
James Eichberger- Catalina- 5-9 140
Kiefer Fields- Tolleson- 6-2 175
Matt Galtiero- Desert Mountain- 6-3 180
Adam Garcia- Westwood- 5-4 130
Harold Gholson- Trevor Browne- 5-6 155
Jake Gibson- Pinnacle- 5-10 170
Nick Gleisner- Seton Catholic
Chris Groth- Cortez- 6-0 170
Derek Holmes- Ironwood- 6-0 180
Kevin Jaramillo- Pinnacle- 5-8 145
Alex Jensten- Higley- 6-0 175
Dylan Jones- Highland- 5-11 190
Ryan King- Mt Ridge- 6-1 175
Danny Lange- Sunrise Mountain- 5-9 150
Cody Lenhart- Ironwood- 5-11 170
Martin Madrigal- Peoria- 5-11 165
Ra'Shad Mason- Basha- 5-8
Luke Matthews- Desert Vista- 6-3 195
Robert McCarty (JR)- Rio Rico- 509 150
Kyle McMartin- Salpointe- 6-0 175
Pedro Olvera- La Joya- 5-10 175
Cole Pembroke (JR)- Desert Vista- 6-0 185
Dylan Peralta (JR)- North- 5-7
Ben Pigg- Bradshaw Mountain- 5-10 175
Martin Rodriguez- Salpointe- 5-11 175
Anthony Rose- (JR)- Marcos- 6-0
Ricky Soloman- Sahuaro- 5-8 160
Lucas Starkey- Corona- 6-1 185
Aaron Thomas- Goldwater- 5-11 175
Alex Tripp- Corona- 5-9 160
Ty West- Mesquite- 6-1 200
Cody Westermeyer- Havasu- 5-8 160
Andy Wilder (JR)- Notre Dame- 6-3
TyQuan Wilson- Independence- 5-10 170
Justin Zabawa- Maricopa