2012 Positional Rankings: Cornerbacks

There's a major shakeup in the cornerback ranks of our 2012 positional rankings. A couple of surprises are inside as we rate the top 2012 Palmetto State cornerbacks. Summer is about showing off your hard work at camps and for college coaches. A couple of prospects have seen their stock fly and inside you'll find out who's the new #1 corner with SCPrepNation.com!

There's plenty of movement in the rankings as some guys have been simply outworking the competition this summer. We don't solely base the rankings off their play on the field but heavily consider their work on the camp and combine circuit. Sit home and rest on your laurels and you're going down the ranks, the guys who want to go out and work to improve and earn those offers have moved up in a big way. Check out the best below courtesy of SCPrepNation.com.

SCPrepNation.com's Top 2012 Cornerbacks (July 14th, 2011)

1. Devontre Parnell
Fairfield Central HS
Parnell has been a beast on the camp/combine circuit. When opposing and fellow prospects say things like "he's shuttin' everybody down" and "that dude is hell to deal with" you're playing on a whole 'nother level. Interviewing prospects all across the state and southeast his name came up over a dozen times when asking about guys who really impressed them. Louisville got a steal in Parnell, in my opinion he's a 4-star prospect. Expect other schools to see it too and continue to recruit him in hopes of changing his mind.
2. Marquise Jones
Eau Claire HS
Jones a lot like Parnell has been a force on the camp/combine circuit. He's put together a nice group of offers and we still feel he's underrated. Jones is a physical specimen at corner at 6'1 185 pounds. He has good instincts, closing speed, and seems like he enjoys baiting quarterbacks into throwing his direction. A strong start to his senior season will likely bring more offers to the mix.
3. Tony Wright
Chester HS
Wright was the #1 rated corner the past few seasons but we haven't heard much of anything about him this off season. Physically he's a big corner and he's played extremely well for the Cyclones. Wright has been a mystery for us because he's got everything we like in a corner but he hasn't been proactive in hitting the camp/combine circuit to strengthen his stock and gain offers.
4. Reggie Thomas
Abbeville HS
Here's a talented young man who helped his team win a state championship last season and has gone about his business to become one of the fastest rising prospects in the state for 2012. He's picked up a couple of offers already but we think he's on the brink of landing more once the season starts. We love his instincts, closing speed, and his tackling ability. Thomas takes great angles and packs a wallop at the point of impact making his tackles like he were a big time linebacker often.
5. Casey Cohen
Dorman HS
Cohen was an intrical part of Dorman's run last season before falling in the state championship game. He was often overshadowed by Adam Humphries and Charone Peake but he'll take on a starring role this season for the Cavaliers. Watching him in person and on film Cohen is very smooth and fluid in his movement. Cohen will see plenty of action at wide receiver this year with his graduating teammates departing for Clemson. Also a big time student in the classroom with a 4.13 GPA.
6. Josh Rowland
Wren HS
For the past few season Rowland has been on our radar at Greer High but he recently transferred to Wren moving from AAA to AAAA. Rowland is a superb athlete with tremendous speed and good size. We're honestly surprised that he hasn't already secured some offers but he'll have an opportunity to earn some getting plenty of burn on both sides of the ball for coach Jeff Tate's Hurricanes. A good start could very well see Rowland go up in the rankings in our next release.
7. K.J. Dixon
Chester HS
In our opinion Dixon may be better suited at safety but this kid is a player we're very high on. A jack of all trades for the Cyclones Dixon lined up at linebacker, running back, and returned kicks for his team last year. He played well at all positions and that versatility is something that carries great value on the next level. Lining up at linebacker, he hits like one and brings the wood every time. Dixon is a highly underrated prospect who's extremely physical and runs in the 4.5 range.
8. Josh Owens
Allendale-Fairfax HS
Owens had a solid season last year as a junior. With 70 tackles, 10 passes broken up, and 2 interceptions he created a buzz for himself. Owens has good size at corner and is already hearing from a number of schools. He's a prospect we'll keep a close eye on as Allendale-Fairfax continues to produce college prospects at a high rate.
9. Tiko Thompson
J.L. Mann HS
He is the smallest guy on the list but he plays with tremendous heart and put together a strong junior season last year despite Pat Martin and Calvin Caldwell getting most of the publicity. Thompson makes up for his lack of height with good speed but even better closing speed. He tackles rather well given his size too. Should be interesting to see how well he responds to being the top guy for the Patriots' secondary now.
10. Jalen Frazier
Cross HS
Frazier lines up at multiple positions for Cross but he's got a lot of potential at corner given his size and experience lining up under center and reading other quarterback's eyes and movement. Frazier has good footwork, hips, and ball skills. He could move up the cornerback list with a good start to his senior season on the defensive side of the ball.

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