Every class is different with certain positions considered to be much stronger with better overall depth than others. The 2018 defensive back class is as deep as any in recent memory. The current crop of players in the secondary stands head and shoulders above any recent class due to its depth and overall talent. The group comes in all shapes and sizes with varying skill sets with multiple prospects that can stake a claim as the top prospect.
Foster, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound four-star safety prospect from Angleton made the decision to pick the Texas Longhorns over offers from schools like LSU, Michigan, Ohio State and TCU. Foster is a playmaker on either side of the ball and returns for his senior year after knee surgery. In an injury shortened junior season Foster racked up over 600 yards on offense and scored 11 touchdowns as a running back but his skill set as a defender makes puts him at or near the top of the list. Foster has the speed to cover wide receivers and the physicality to make plays as a safety at the line of scrimmage.
B.J. Foster - Angleton
Cook tops lists because he can play man-to-man coverage with any wide receiver in the state with the necessary tools to remain an elite corner. Cook has the height, length and speed and combines those skills with the quickness and hip flexibility of a true cover corner. Cook holds offers from nearly every major program in the nation and is talented enough to contribute on defense as a freshman because of his ability to play nickel.
Green started his career as a quarterback and as a ninth-grader he led his Houston Heights freshman team to a 9-1 record. Entering his sophomore year Green was too talented to sit on the sidelines as a backup quarterback so he was switched to defense and has developed into one of the state’s elite cornerbacks. The plan was for Green to move back to quarterback his junior year but after his stellar sophomore season resulted in offers from DI schools the future was at hand. Some consider Green as the top cornerback prospect in the state and nation.
Sterns is named in all lists as one of the top safeties in the state and considered in the elite group across the nation. The 6-1, 192-pound four-star prospect has committed to Texas and will compete at The Opening Finals in Oregon this summer. Sterns has the size and range to play free safety roaming the secondary. He has instincts for making big plays and his technique is solid in coverage. Caden’s brother, Jordan, was an all-conference safety at Oklahoma State and recently signed an undrafted rookie free agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Overshown plays small school East Texas football but that doesn’t limit him as one of the state’s top defensive backs. At 6’3, 205, he has outstanding size for the safety position but it’s his athleticism, and his willingness to sell out physically on every snap that puts him on this list. Overshown plays on both sides of the ball and in the return game. Overshown has great quickness and will certainly improve the technical aspects of his game at the next level.
O’Neal is a physical player that thrives playing downhill from the safety position. He could be considered one of, if not the best, run support defensive backs in the state. At 6’1, 195, O’Neal brings a linebacker mentality with the coverage skills of elite safety. O’Neal plays at the line of the scrimmage but is used as a lock down cover guy when needed.
Leon O'Neal - Cypress (Texas) Cypress Springs
Vonger could be the most physical player in this elite group patrolling the secondary with an attitude and confidence. With his size, 6’1, 195, Vonger offers versatility to a college program as a hybrid outside linebacker or safety.
Jamison is an elite cover corner that excels because of his technique and recovery speed. Jamison comes in at 5’10, 170, but his size does not limit his cover skills on a big wide receiver. He has outstanding quickness and understands the position.
McCalister could be the state’s most physical cornerback preferring bump-coverage because of his strength and size. The 6-1, 185-pound corner has the frame to eventually play safety or outside linebacker in college with the physical skill set that could fit in a 4-2-5 defense.
Moore is a true athlete that plays multiple positions on both sides of the ball at the small coastal plain school in South Texas. As a college prospect Moore’s position seems to be safety because of his natural physical ability and competitive nature. Moore could develop into an elite college safety and has committed to Texas A&M.