1. Derwin James – Florida State: Very possibly the best player in America. James was an All American as a true freshman and a former 5 star recruit.
2. Terrell Edmunds – Virginia Tech: Edmunds amazes his head coach Justin Fuente by his talent and abilities.
3. Quin Blanding – Virginia: This guy has not received the attention he deserves because he’s been on a terrible team.
4. Minkah Fitzpatrick – Alabama: Fitzpatrick may have more range than most safeties because he moved from cornerback to safety this season. He hits like a Mack Truck.
5. Jordan Whitehead – Pittsburgh: Suspended the first 3 games of the year for violation of team
rules. Whitehead will still be among the team leaders in tackles.
6. Ronnie Harrison – Alabama: Super hard hitting safety and a typical Alabama defensive back, just tough and fast.
7. Marcus Allen – Penn State: 4 year starter for the Nittany Lions and a play maker for them. He’s been one of their top tacklers. Very physical safety.
8. Donnie Miles – North Carolina: Top tackler, he’s like having another linebacker on the field. But, he’s also a ball hawk.
9. Jonathan Crawford – Indiana: started first day arriving on campus and has started every game, from Florida
10. D’Cota Dixon – Wisconsin: Dixon is a solidly built, hard hitting, ball hawk of a safety. He had 4 picks last season and could repeat that this year.
11. Armani Watts – Texas A%M: Probably the best Aggie defensive player over the past few years. He currently leads the Aggies in tackles.
12. Tanner Muse – Clemson: Very aggressive big safety that seems to be all over the field. Outstanding against the run. He’s something of a head hunter.
13. Sheldrick Redwine – Miami: Just supposing that Redwine becomes a star this season. He’s a fairly tall and rangy safety. I’m hoping I am right with Redwine.
14. Marcelino Ball – Indiana: As a 17 year old kid last season, Ball started every game. He didn’t
turn 18 until the spring which is amazing. Ball is one of Indiana’s top tacklers. He’s big, fast and super aggressive.
15. Justin Reid – Stanford: The Cardinal has one of the top defensive backfields in the country and Reid is one of their top defenders. He possesses good size and range.
16. Taylor Rapp – Washington: One of the nation’s top freshman a year ago. He’s another big and strong guy that can run and hit.
17. Jessie Bates III – Wake Forest: A good sized safety at 6-2, 195 who is good in run support. Bates is a ball hawk who had 6 picks a year ago for a surprisingly tough Wake Forest.
A few others:
Corey Griffith – Georgia Tech
AJ Gray – Georgia Tech:
Chucky Williams – Louisville
Steven Parker – Oklahoma
Tre Flowers – Oklahoma State
Khari Willis – Michigan State:
Aaron Williams – Nebraska:
Damon Webb – Ohio State:
Jordan Fuller – Ohio State:
Darius West – Kentucky:
John Battle – LSU:
Mark McLaurin – Mississippi State: