1.) Wesley Bailey (Coffeyville CC) - Like with the defensive linemen, I don't believe there is much debate when discussing who the top junior college defensive back in the region is. Bailey is a smooth athlete that looks the part. He's long, has incredible athleticism and hip movement, and is 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds.
He's one of the more fun cornerbacks I've watched as it all comes natural for him. When observing him in the Spring, I knew I was watching something special. He'll win the hand-fights with receivers, out-muscle them, and run with them. He closes on the ball well. There isn't a whole lot he can't do, but he has to remember to play within the scheme and remain disciplined with his assignments.
2.) Charlie Rogers (Iowa Western CC) - He's a safety but a pretty good one that has already attracted offers from a few of the Big Ten schools. He spent last year at Iowa State before making the move to Iowa Western for a year. Out of all the defensive backs on this list, Rogers is being recruited the hardest.
At this stage, Rogers is more of a ball-hawking safety and will be the deep guy for the Reviers' defense. He closes well and has a nose for the ball. His physicality should not be questioned, though, as he likes to deliver the big hit as well.
3.) James Gray (Fort Scott CC) - He's another prospect in the group getting pursued very aggressively, easily the top recruit on his squad at Fort Scott. FBS programs have already offered.
Gray's game is similar to Rogers in that he's more of a ball-hawk with very good speed in route to the ball. He'll want to bulk up some as he's a bit undersized at this time.
4.) Jayme Thompson (Iowa Western CC) - It's a testament to the program coach Strohmeier has built at Iowa Western as Thompson is one of five secondary players from their roster on this list. It will definitely be their strength on defense.
Thompson is a different type of player than Rogers and Gray. He's more of a strong safety that likes to provide help in run support and play closer to the line of scrimmage. He has the size for it and is coming off an injury-riddled start to his career while he was at Ohio State.
5.) Marchez Coates (Iowa Western CC) - Another Reiver on the list, Coates is a transfer from N.C. State. He's a cornerback and will be highly recruited once he makes his way to the Iowa Western campus. He'll be looked at as someone that can join an FBS roster and provide instant impact at the position.
His size isn't up to par with Bailey's, but it is an asset. 6-foot corners don't grow on trees anywhere in the country and Coates offers that contribution and he'll have the opportunity to prove himself once again this year.
6.) Riley Hunsicker (Hutchinson CC) - He's an under the radar prospect but certainly worthy of the attention. Two FBS programs have already pulled the trigger on an offer for Hunsicker in Ohio and Tulane. I expect more to follow during the Fall.
He's another cornerback with great size and speed, but probably not the fluidity in his hips as the others ranked ahead of him.
7.) Mondo Williams (Iowa Western CC) - After Rogers, he's the next best playmaker on this list, which is unfair that they both will grace their presence on the same unit. He's a smaller cornerback at 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds but he's the fastest player on the Iowa Western squad and projects to defend the receivers in the slot, a useful weapon for teams looking for a defender to use against spread offenses at the next level.
8.) Deshaughn Terry (Iowa Western CC) - It's a rare year in the Upper Midlands region at the junior college level. Not too often do you fine as many bigger cornerbacks in one area at once, as they're tough to find. Another in this part of the country is Terry, who will be particularly valuable to some programs if he proves his worth as he has three years of eligibility remaining.
9.) Devonta Foster (Coffeyville CC) - He's a predator playing center field safety for Coffeyville. His calling card is him padding up and bringing the boom from his position against opposing wideouts. He'll need to continue to work on his footwork and coverage skills, but he has a good football IQ and an unmatched physicality.
10.) Jarrod Sanders (Hutchinson CC) - He's beginning to garner more FBS attention as time goes on, particularly from Utah State. He's a smaller corner but a great cover-guy if he gains consistency and continues to try to put it all together.
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