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Breaking down the best 2021 defensive back classes

The 2021 class is nearly a wrap, with just a few stragglers left to sign. With that, we are breaking down the best classes at each positions, continuing today with the defensive backs.


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1. ALABAMA

Ga’Quincy McKinstry
Ga’Quincy McKinstry (Rivals.com)

Ga’Quincy McKinstry leads a deep group of prospects that Nick Saban coveted. Landing Terrion Arnold at the end makes this the top defensive back class in the country. Kadarius Calloway gets overlooked a bit and he could be a first-rounder down the line.

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2. FLORIDA

Corey Collier
Corey Collier (Rivals.com)

The Gators are right behind the Crimson Tide with Corey Collier, Jason Marshall and a slew of others. This class is very deep, super talented and should have Florida locking down opposing receivers for years to come.

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3. OHIO STATE

Jordan Hancock
Jordan Hancock (Rivals.com)

Jordan Hancock and Jakailin Johnson are an amazing cornerback duo. Five defensive backs in this class and all five are four-stars.

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4. LSU

Sage Ryan
Sage Ryan (Sam Spiegelman)

I love Sage Ryan and the Tigers landed some key out-of-state prospects. Derrick Davis from Pennsylvania was an especially impressive get.

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5. USC

Ceyair Wright
Ceyair Wright (Nick Lucero/Rivals.com)

The Trojans finished off a great defensive back class with Ceyair Wright. USC signed a nice balance of coverage guys and physical tacklers.

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