As soon as the pomp and circumstance of National Signing Day 2016 (Feb. 3) had dissipated, attention immediately turned to the recruiting class of 2017.
According to Scout.com, the top cornerback in that class is Darnay Holmes of Calabasas (Calif.) High School, who recently announced that he has cut his list of colleges to seven — Alabama, Arizona, Nebraska, Ohio State, Stanford, UCLA and Washington — and will make his decision this summer.
Listed at 5-foot-10 and 185-pounds, Holmes is classified as an “athlete” instead of a defensive back by some recruiting publications, because in addition to his exploits in the secondary he is also a standout receiver and kick returner. Scout has him ranked as the No. 11 player overall in the 2017 class. Continue reading
Jamel Cook, a senior at Miami (Fla.) Central High School, is ranked by Scout.com as the fifth-best safety in the national class of 2016 and the No. 88 player in the class overall. In February he verbally committed to Florida State, but is reportedly still considering Auburn, Miami and West Virginia before putting pen to paper.
Standing 6-foot-4 and knocking on 200 pounds, Cook is already bigger than some NFL safeties. But he’s no lumbering linebacker in disguise; he’s been clocked as fast as 4.57 seconds in the 40-yard dash. On paper and on film, he looks like a good bet — should he stay committed to the Seminoles — to add to the lineage of FSU defensive backs in the NFL that includes Deion Sanders, Terrell Buckley, LeRoy Butler, Ronald Darby, Samari Rolle, Bryant McFadden, Martin Mayhew, Dexter Jackson and Antonio Cromartie. Continue reading
David Long of Loyola High School (Los Angeles, Calif.) is ranked by Scout.com as the fifth-best cornerback in the national Class of 2016, and the 56th-best overall player in the class. He verbally committed to Stanford over the summer, but recently said he still plans to take official campus visits to Nebraska, Notre Dame, Michigan and Washington.
If Long stays committed to the Cardinal, he’ll be going to a program with a rich history of putting defensive backs in the NFL. Stanford alums include Richard Sherman, John Lynch, Darrien Gordon, Toi Cook, O.J. Atogwe, Coy Wire and Benny Barnes, to name a handful. Continue reading
According to ESPN’s Recruiting Nation rankings, Kevin Tolliver II is the best high school cornerback in the country and the No. 6 overall player in the Class of 2015. The 6-2, 193-pound athlete from Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Fla., was being recruited by pretty much any big-time college football program you can name before picking LSU. Tolliver committed to the Tigers last week after whittling his list down to LSU, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Florida State and UCLA. Continue reading