Defensive Backs Were The Stars for Indiana

If there is one area I believe I understand as a Scout analyst, it is the defensive side of the ball. This past weekend, the combine stars twinkled brightly at Princeton H.S. The defensive backs from the Indiana high schools were not only the combine standouts, they were also the best fundamentally during the "one on one" drills. Corners and safeties require speed, agility and grit.

College coaches know that a DB is going to get beat, but when that happens, it is his response and his adaptation to speed and ability that marks an excellent defensive back. Putting that corner on an island (one on one) with no over the top help, is the measure of confidence and ability. The 40 time comes into play when a DB is beaten and has to sprint to make up the distance. But, what I like to see a DB in the correct position to turn and run. Hip rotation, change of direction and ball awareness are just as important as that sub 4.5 speed. When speed, fundamentals and tenacity come together, we can talk about D1 defensive back hopefuls.

Make Note of These Defensive Backs from Indiana

Jeffery Garrett – Ben Davis H.S.
5-9/165/2010 (Cornerback)

Mr. Garrett wasn't exactly the surprise of the combine if you have seen him play before. He plays in the toughest football conference in Indiana. Jeff also played well at the OSU 7 on 7. He has been well coached and his fundamentals allow him to make up ground and be in a position to make a play. Already offered by Akron, he should be offered by several more colleges as a result of this combine. Jeff made the combine's elite 8 top defensive group and has steadily proven himself in elite competition against superior talent.

David Williams – Pike H.S.
5-9/158/2010 (Cornerback)

David has the cover skills and has been well coached at Pike H.S. What he lacks in size, he makes up with his ability to catch up and make the play. David had the best "short shuttle" time in the combine, and can stop, turn and start with above average quickness. He had great awareness of where he is in relation to his receiver in 1 on 1 drills. His high school competition is also superior in his development as he sees quality opponents with speed every week.

Landon Feichter – Ft. Wayne Bishop Dwenger
5-11/174/2010 (Safety)

When I think of Landon, watching him Sunday and seeing him on film, he has "safety" written all over him. He is confident of his abilities and can make up ground quickly. He can come over the top with speed and quickness and also close in to support the run. Landon probably needs to put on some weight to be a strong safety. No one questions his athleticism and ability to make a play. I can see him returning punts as he enjoys the special team activity. He really liked Purdue as he has made several unofficial visits.

Kenny Mullen – Ft. Wayne Bishop Luers
5-9/161/2011 (Corner)

Mullen will be a junior during the 2009 football season. He plays for the perennial power house of Bishop Luers. Mullen is an exceptional athlete who played on Luers' 2009 state championship basketball team. Mullen also plays special teams and in his last football game in 2008 ran back a 70 yard punt. He displayed that athletic ability in Cincinnati. He is certainly an underclassman who will be on Scout.com's watch this fall.

Erik Willis – Richmond
5-11/186/2010 (Safety)

Willis has the size and speed to play safety in college. He displayed his ability to be a shutdown defensive back. Willis has the size to grow and put on 15 or 20 more pounds without losing his speed. In the drills at Cincinnati, he held his own with faster receivers, but his strength lies in his physical ability and his strength may push him more toward being a strong safety. He is looking toward Ball State, Central Michigan and Toledo.

Connor Miller – Columbus East
5-11/191/ 2010 (Safety)

Other Indiana Players on the Junior Horizon

Chris Isabell – Pike H.S.
5-7/168/2011 (Corner)


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