This is a very deep year for defensive backs in the Golden State. If your college team needs one, no doubt that they were out in California in the spring and most likely will return in the fall. One of the very best corners, not only in the state, but the entire country is four-star cornerback Brandon Sermons (6-1, 190, 4.5) from Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch.
Sermons only played in seven games his junior year because of some faulty paperwork regarding his transfer to Diamond Ranch from La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat.
In his seven games only five passes were caught on him all season.
"Brandon is really a lockdown corner," Diamond Ranch head coach Rodney Layton said. "He's thicker than most corners and he's physically very strong. He has long arms and is a very fast kid."
"You really have to see game tape to really appreciate how good Brandon is," Layton said. "Only on game tape can you see how Brandon takes away a whole side of the field. Teams rarely threw is way."
"I don't blame them, they are looking at a player who is 6-1 and is filled out," Layton said. "No one had much success."
"UCLA bound (quarterback) Nick Crissman only completed one short pass in front of him," Layton said. "The guy from Oaks Christian, (Chris Potter) only threw one pass his way and he picked it off."
"So there isn't a lot of highlight footage on him because the opposition was wise to stay away from him and because so he didn't have a lot of opportunities," Layton said. "He made the most of the opportunities that did come his way."
"Brandon is a super athlete who makes the big play," Layton said. "Against Los Altos with only 37 seconds left on the clock, we were down by six points with 83 yards to go and we had no timeouts."
"Everyone knew who was getting the ball and Brandon still raced by everyone on a straight streak that he caught for the game winner."
"Regarding his recruitment he has offers from everyone in the Pac 10 except USC, Stanford and Cal," Layton said. "USC and Cal are interested, but they just want to see a little senior tape."
"Before making a decision I think he wants to see other campuses," Layton said. "He liked Dan Brown of Colorado and Brian Cabral, too. He also likes Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona and I know (UCLA defensive coordinator) DeWayne Walker who coached me a Mt. SAC."
"Actually DeWayne (Walker) coached three others on my coaching staff who have great respect and admiration for the man, so definitely that's a plus," Layton said. "In the end though, like I said, he just needs to see the campuses and the one he feels best at, he'll go there."
"It won't matter where he ends up," Layton said. "He will fit in any system. He's very coachable and will put in the work to master any system."
"There is nothing not to like about Brandon," Layton said. "He's a very humble kid with outstanding character. He will qualify with ease."
Besides the seven Pac 10 teams that have offered, Sermons also has offers from Colorado, San Diego State, Utah and Idaho.
Once schools get a chance to see Sermons in action that list will surely expand.