All-Rivals 3 Stripe Camp Series: Defensive backs
The Rivals 3 Stripe Camp Series presented by Adidas has concluded all of its regional stops. We put together the 10 best by position throughout the camp series this spring. Today we conclude the series with a look at the best defensive backs. They are listed in order of best performance.
Recruiting Wrap: Cook recently released a top 10, of which Clemson, LSU, Ohio State, and Texas are thought to be the heaviest favorites.
Performance: Cook was already one of the top defensive backs in 2018, but in his second consecutive appearance at the Rivals Camp Series in New Orleans, he found a way to win even more favor.
Recruiting Wrap: Allen is committed to Notre Dame.
Performance: Even though he doesn’t keep up the appearance of some of the more angular defensive backs on this list, the effectiveness that Allen played with in the Charlotte Rivals Camp is indisputable. Allen did a superior job reading routes, and driving on receivers hands - often coming away with the ball.
Recruiting Wrap: Harris committed to Kansas earlier this spring.
Performance: Harris is a long, lanky defensive back that uses those lengthy limbs to really cause problems for receivers trying to make catches. For a player that’s on the lean side, he has no problem using physicality to jar receivers and plays with a chip on his shoulder.
Recruiting Wrap: Sherwood has more than 20 offers to choose from coming out of this spring.
Performance: It’s expected that a safety is going to play physically in his one-on-one reps in a camp setting, which Sherwood did successfully all afternoon in his RCS Orlando appearance. What Sherwood was able to do that many safeties don’t, is find ways to consistently make plays on the ball and intercept passes.
Recruiting Wrap: Green released a top 13 this spring, but has since picked up an offer from Ohio State.
Performance: Green is a versatile player with the range and build to play either cornerback or safety. During his performance in the Dallas Rivals Camp, where he earned a trip to the Rivals Five-Star Challenge presented by adidas, he showed his prowess reading routes and cleverly using contact to win reps.
Recruiting Wrap: Cross holds a handful of offers, most notably Maryland, Mississippi State and Purdue.
Performance: Cross looks as if he’s just a couple of value meals away from sizing-up into a linebacker, but at the Rivals New Jersey event, he held his own against all offensive skill positions in pass-coverage. He may not have the quickest-twitch in his movement, but his ability to keep pace with receivers downfield kept him on top of many of his one-on-one reps.
Recruiting Wrap: Williams has more than 10 offers, headlined by Iowa, Louisville, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
Performance: Williams was the St. Louis camp MVP and won those honors thanks in large part to his long frame. Although he’s more of a strider as a runner, when he’s at full stretch, there aren’t too many passes that find their way past him.
Recruiting Wrap: Jamison is releasing his top five on June 5, in which TCU and Texas are expected to be included and are viewed as favorites in his recruitment.
Performance: Jamison is an athletic and physical cornerback that plays opposite of Cook for their Houston-Lamar High School team. He’s not quite as smooth as his five-star teammate, but he’s nearly as effective at disrupting receivers’ timing and breaking on passes in the air.
Recruiting Wrap: Griffith has more than 30 offers.
Performance: Griffith may not have won the DB MVP award in St. Louis, but he very well could have. He showed great reaction closing on receivers while playing off-coverage in one-on-one reps and is quick enough while doing so that he often beat receivers to the ball all afternoon.
Recruiting Wrap: Brents has a top five of Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville and Vanderbilt.
Performance: The wide receiver group in the Columbus camp was hit-or-miss, but Brents was dominant regardless of who he lined up against. So much so that he earned a fourth star in the most recent release of the Rivals rankings.