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Who is the real DBU? Players at #RivalsChallenge weigh in

Adonis Otey
Adonis Otey (Nick Lucero/Rivals.com)

ATLANTA – A healthy swath of the nation’s top defensive backs turned up in Atlanta to participate in the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by adidas and entered into a discussion about the rightful 'DBU' during the downtime at the event. Below are a number of takes on the issue from a selection of the cornerbacks and safeties that were present at the camp.

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THE PICK: Ohio State

HIS WORDS: “That’s a no-brainer. Obviously, Ohio State. Last year, they had Denzel Ward. The year before that was Marshon Lattimore. They always have guys. This is a no-brainer.”

THE PICK: LSU or Florida State

HIS WORDS: “I have to say Florida State and LSU. It’s one of those for sure.”

THE PICK: Alabama

HIS WORDS: “They send so many developed players to the league. Ohio State after them.”

THE PICK: Alabama or LSU

HIS WORDS: DBU is Alabama … it’s LSU. It’s Alabama or LSU. Alabama sends the most DBs to the league. The DBs there don’t even have to play and they send them to the NFL. With LSU, they send the longest-lasting DBs


HIS WORDS: “They’ve been doing it for years. Other schools might do it, but they just started. LSU has been DBU for years.”


HIS WORDS: “They had Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson.”

THE PICK: Florida State or LSU

HIS WORDS: “Florida State because of Jalen Ramsey and Derwin James and LSU because of Tryann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson.”


HIS WORDS: “They always have good DBs like Jamaal Adams, Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and they’re all first-round draft picks.”

THE PICK: Ohio State

HIS WORDS: “I’ll say Ohio State, LSU and Alabama. They get guys drafted. I can’t really say FSU like that because they haven’t been on it that long.”

THE PICK: Ohio State

HIS WORDS: “They got dogs. Denzel Ward and guys like that; those are dogs.”