Category rankings: Safeties
The Rivals.com recruiting experts have broken down countless hours of film and racked up plenty of frequent flyer miles to see the top prospects compete at events across the country. In the process of evaluating overall talent, several prospects gained notice for their mastery of specific skills.
We've selected the best of the best in each category for every position and ranked them. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every breaks down the safeties.
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5. William Marable, Norfolk (Va.) Norview
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THE BUZZ: Ran a 4.49 as a sophomore and earned MVP honors at National Underclassmen combine.
THE BUZZ: Recorded a 4.45 at the Nike Combine in Miami.
THE BUZZ: Runs all the relays and is a 200-meter specialist.
COMMITMENT: Florida State
THE BUZZ: Recorded a 10.7 100-meters this spring.
THE BUZZ: Has run a 10.4 100-meters.
OTHERS: Gerald Hodges, Paulsboro, N.J. (Rutgers commitment); Dexter Linton, Arlington (Texas) Bowie (Kansas commitment); Charlie Thomas, Beaumont (Texas) Central (Texas A&M commitment); Justin Turner, Massillon (Ohio) Washington (Michigan commitment); Jamie Wood, Pickerington (Ohio) Central (Ohio State commitment).
BEST BALL SKILLS
THE BUZZ: Recorded three interceptions to go along with 21 catches on offense.
COMMITMENT: Ohio State
THE BUZZ: Had 27 catches, ran for more than 1,000 yards and added a pick on defense.
THE BUZZ: Not just a speed guy, he also recorded three picks and returns punts.
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THE BUZZ: Recorded three picks and returns punts for his team.
THE BUZZ: Had an amazing performance at the Tuscaloosa Nike Camp.
OTHERS: Isaiah Bell, Youngstown (Ohio) Liberty (Michigan commitment); Kevin Brent, Dallas South Oak Cliff; Jabari Carr, San Jose (Calif.) Oak Grove; Alex Mascarenas, Mission Viejo (Calif.) Mission Viejo (UCLA commitment); Jamie Wood, Pickerington (Ohio) Central (Ohio State commitment).
BEST COVERAGE SKILLS
COMMITMENT: Ohio State
THE BUZZ: Two-way starter that has speed, hips, and ball skills to be successful.
THE BUZZ: Has such great recovery speed that it is hard to get open for very long.
THE BUZZ: Looked like a corner during drill work at the Tuscaloosa Nike Camp.
THE BUZZ: His performance at the Miami Nike camp earned him MVP honors.
THE BUZZ: Had a tremendous showing at the USC Rising Senior Camp.
OTHERS: Kevin Brent, Dallas South Oak Cliff; Jabari Carr, San Jose (Calif.) Oak Grove; Vladimir Emilien, Lauderhill (Fla.) Plantation; Justin Turner, Massillon (Ohio) Washington (Michigan commitment); Dijon Washington, Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger.
THE BUZZ: Not only does he have speed he packs a real punch when he tackles.
THE BUZZ: Two-way starter had 93 tackles and also ran for 516 yards and nine TDs.
3. Jawanza Starling, Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln
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THE BUZZ: Had 98 tackles and 10 TFL's last season.
2. Chris Payne, Columbia, S.C.
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COMMITMENT: South Carolina
THE BUZZ: Two-way starter racked up 146 tackles and 19 TFLs.
THE BUZZ: Racked up an amazing 152 tackles and had great performance at Gainesville Nike Camp.
OTHERS: Craig Bills, Provo (Utah) Timpview; Devonte Holloman, Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe; T.J. McDonald , Fresno (Cailf.) Edison; Kenny Vaccaro, Brownwood, Texas; Shawn Williams, Blakely (Ga.) Early County.