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Future Five: Defensive playmakers

The recruiting process is starting earlier than ever and prospects are sometimes
identified even before they reach high school. Much like our
18 for 18
series, we will spotlight five players per week that are early in their football
careers and have the potential to be highly touted college football prospects by
the time they graduate high school.
2018 DB Jaylon King is one of five future stars on defense:— (@Rivals) November 5, 2015
Who's Interested: King holds offers from Tennessee and
Vanderbilt but other major programs are lurking.
What's Interesting: King is a very intriguing prospect because
he has so much upside. At the Rivals Camp Series in St. Louis, he had some good battles
with Rivals100 wide receiver DeKaylin Metcalf but there are plenty of
major players out there that King will show off against down the road. Look for
King to have double digit offers by the spring.
Salua Masina (2018)
Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton 
Who's Interested: Utah is the only school to offer Masina so
far but USC is evaluating him as well.
What's Interesting: Masina has family connections to two
schools. He has brothers at USC (Osa Masina) and Utah (Uaea Masina)
which could be factors in his decision. Many people already think that Salua
could end up being the best of the bunch, which is impressive considering Osa
finished at No. 37 in the 2015 Rivals100.
Teradja Mitchell (2018)
Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside
Who's Interested: Mitchell has offers from schools like
Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State, Tennessee and many others.
What's Interesting: When it comes to Mitchell's recruitment,
the sheer number of offers the 2018 linebacker already has is very impressive
and he's worth every single one. Mitchell flies around the field laying big hits
and punishing, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and quarterbacks. In
the past Bayside has been a pipeline to Virginia with players like
Quin Blanding, Taquan Mizzell and a few others choosing the Cavaliers.
That might have an impact on Mitchell's decision.
Nayquan Wright (2019)
Miami Gardens (Fla.) Carol City
Who's Interested: Alabama and Miami have already offered the
5-foot-9, 186-pound Wright.
What's Interesting: Florida is loaded with talent every year
and Wright, a freshman, is already making waves. He can absolutely fly and packs
a punch even though he is on the shorter side. Wright is still rough around the
edges but with plenty of time to straighten things out he could be headed for a
high initial rating.
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18 for 18: Players to watch for 2018
Adam Friedman
Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Analyst
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