SCPrepNation: 2010's Top Safeties

#1 Bashaud Breeland was pretty easy but from there things got pretty complicated but after much deliberation we were able to hammer out our final list of 2010's top safety prospects. The list includes some of the state's top uncommitted prospects like Mauldin's Tiquention Coleman (pictured). Stay tuned as we'll be releasing more position rankings in the coming weeks.

1. Bashaud Breeland 6'2 190 Allendale-Fairfax HS

Recruiting: Committed to Clemson

Analysis: An injury slowed down his senior season but there's no doubting this young man's potential on the next level. The name of his game is closing speed and with a frame ready to add another 10-15 pounds Breeland could be scary good at Clemson over the course of the next few years. A natural and fluid athlete Breeland saw time as the quarterback for his high school team but some think he's got a chance for the NFL depending on his development as a safety at Clemson.

2. Tiquention Coleman 5'10 190 Mauldin HS

Recruiting: Has offers from Marshall and North Carolina A&T. Interest from a number of other regional programs.

Analysis: In our eyes this young man is one of the most underrated prospects in the state for 2010 regardless of position. Schools wanting a safety who will serve as an enforcer type should look no further. Coleman hits with such ferocity many opposing wide receivers want no parts of going across the middle with him on the field. Has good speed (4.47 second 40) and tremendous agility (4.15 second pro shuttle). Coleman is also a tremendous threat as a return man and running back (1000+ rushing yards splitting time) which should make him all the more enticing to potential schools due to that versatility.

3. Xavier McFadden 5'10 190 Rock Hill HS

Recruiting: Holds an offer from Kentucky.

Analysis: McFadden is a superb athlete who enjoyed a strong senior season. Had a really good showing during the Shrine Bowl and there's been some speculation as to why Kentucky is his only offer at this point. Many felt he'd have more offers in hand by now but there's still some schools who are waiting to see how their plans shake out before extending an offer apparently.

4. Brant Sally 6'1 185 Stratford HS

Recruiting: Holds an offer from Charleston Southern and interest from regional programs along with Clemson and Texas Tech.

Analysis: An absolute playmaker who has lots of schools interested. Had a strong senior season culminating in being selected for this year's Shrine Bowl squad. Word is he may have to go the JUCO route and apparently Georgia Military is where he may be headed. After getting things in order there don't be surprised if he lands on the radar of more high majors. Highly underrated prospect.

5. Philip George 6'0 182 Keenan HS

Recruiting: Holds offers from Buffalo, Hampton, North Carolina A&T, North Carolina Central, and Western Carolina. Has interest from Maryland, Memphis, Virginia Tech

Analysis: George has exceptional talent and really created a buzz for himself this offseason on the camp and combine circuit. Has some solid offers but has yet to see any high major offers come to fruition yet. We saw him in person at the Charlotte combine and he's a specimen already and performed well against the talent there in North Carolina.

6. Corde Doiley 5'10 190 Cross HS

Recruiting: Has strong interest from a number of regional programs.

Analysis: Doiley has a huge heart and watching his video highlights you'll see that he leaves it all out on the field which is a trait that coaches love. His natural instinct for the ball is something that can't be taught and holds tremendous closing speed. Those two traits along with his desire to compete and give his all should land the Cross star somewhere as his highlight tape continues to circulate.

7. Julian Baxter 6'1 175 Lugoff-Elgin HS

Recruiting: Interest from Clemson, Princeton, and Wake Forest as well as regional schools.

Analysis: Baxter has optimal size in terms of height but college coaches will probably want to add another 15 or so pounds to his frame. Shows good instincts and makes good reads. Really like how he explodes on impact when making tackles driving with his legs through the ballcarrier.

8. R.J. Robinson 6'2 200 Berkeley HS

Recruiting: Haven't heard a lot about his recruitment but word is he may be a player who takes the JUCO or prep school route.

Analysis: Robinson has the size and speed you love at safety and he's got the intangibles as well. We truly love his upside as he doubled as a running back for the Stags this season on their way to winning the AAAA Divsion 2 state championship. Regardless of where college coaches may want to place him he's a good find for wherever he lands. Don't be surprised to see him emerge after a year or two and land at a fairly large program, he's that good of a ballplayer/athlete.

9. Kelvin Wilkins 6'1 190 Spartanburg HS

Recruiting: NA

Analysis: Wilkins played linebacker for the Vikings this season but his college career should land him at the safety position. Made the North-South squad and has a knack for finding the ballcarrier as he amassed some pretty strong numbers this season. We saw him twice this season and he's a player who doesn't mind sticking his nose in the mix with the big boys and making plays.

10. Renaldo Grate 5'10 180 Kingstree HS

Recruiting: Has drawn interest from a lot of regional schools as well as schools like South Carolina, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Alabama, and Tennessee.

Analysis: Solid prospect who lined up all over the field for his Kingstree squad. We project him as a safety on the next level and he's got a skillset that should land him somewhere next season. Also excels in the classroom with a 3.8 GPA making him a well-rounded student-athlete.


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