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2012 College Football Recruiting Rankings: DB

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- by Braden Gall (@BradenGall on twitter)

The next batch of in-coming college football All-Americans have inked their respective letters of intent. Recruiting is the life blood of the greatest sport on the planet, and, while coaching stills plays the biggest role in winning a championship, having better players can go a long way to earning a trip to the BCS.

Recruiting is an inexact science by definition. It is virtually impossible to accurately peg the mental make-up of any 17-year old child -- much less high-profile, over-coddled 17-year-old athletes. But team recruiting rankings offer the best indication of which team has the best ingredients each coach has to work with each season.

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Defensive Positional Rankings:DL | LB | DB | ATH

Here are the best incoming defensive backs in the nation:

 

Name

HT

WT

Hometown

AC100

College

1.

Shaq Thompson

6'2"

215

Sacramento, CA

No. 6

Washington

2.

Tracy Howard

5'9"

170

Miramar, FL

No. 18

Miami

3.

Landon Collins

6'

202

Geismer, LA

No. 21

Alabama

4.

Ronald Darby

5'11"

176

Oxon Hill, MD

No. 34

Florida State

5.

Tee Shepard

6'1"

175

Fresno, CA

No. 43

Notre Dame

6.

Geno Smith

6'

182

Atlanta, GA

No. 61

Alabama

7.

Travis Blanks

6'1"

195

Tallahassee, FL

No. 62

Clemson

8.

Yuri Wright

6'1"

185

Ramsey, NJ

No. 70

Colorado

9.

Brian Poole

5'10"

202

Bradenton, FL

No. 72

Florida

10.

Alex Carter

6'

195

Ashburn, VA

No. 76

Stanford

11.

Kevon Seymour

6'

170

Pasadena, CA

No. 96

USC

12.

Deon Bush

6'1"

179

Miami, FL

No. 102

Miami

13.

DeVante Harris

5'10"

160

Mesquite, TX

No. 110

Texas A&M

14.

LaDarrell McNeil

6'1"

195

Dallas, TX

No. 112

Tennessee

15.

Elijah Shumate

6'1"

205

East Orange, NJ

No. 117

Notre Dame

16.

Marcus Maye

5'11"

200

Melbourne, FL

No. 118

Florida

17.

P.J. Williams

6'2"

190

Ocala, FL

No. 124

Florida State

18.

Terry Richardson

5'9"

165

Detroit, MI

No. 128

Michigan

19.

Bryson Echols

5'10"

165

DeSoto, TX

No. 138

Texas

20.

Ishmael Adams

5'10"

190

Westlake Village, CA

No. 141

UCLA

21.

Armani Reeves

5'10"

185

West Roxbury, MA

No. 142

Ohio State

22.

Joshua Hosley

5'11"

175

Fairburn, GA

No. 144

Auburn

23.

A.J. Leggett

6'

175

Miami, FL

No. 160

Marshall

24.

Duke Thomas

5'11"

170

Killeen, TX

No. 163

Texas

25.

Adrian Colbert

6'2"

191

Mineral Wells, TX

No. 181

Texas

26.

Trae Elston

6'

183

Oxford, AL

No. 189

Ole Miss

27.

Demetrious Cox

6'1"

192

Jeannette, PA

No. 199

Michigan State

28.

De'Van Bogard

6'

175

Cleveland, OH

No. 215

Ohio State

29.

Chaz Elder

6'2"

187

Union City, GA

No. 222

South Carolina

30.

Wayne Morgan

5'11"

191

Brooklyn, NY

No. 225

Syracuse

31.

T.J. Davis

6'1"

180

Tallahassee, FL

No. 237

Auburn

32.

Lucas Thompson

6'1"

190

Winter Garden, FL

No. 245

East Carolina

33.

Corey Thompson

6'2"

205

Missouri City, TX

No. 246

LSU

34.

Donaldven Manning

5'9"

155

Miami, FL

No. 253

Virginia Tech

35.

Dwayne Thomas

6'1"

170

New Orleans, LA

No. 258

LSU

36.

Brandon Beaver

6'

176

Long Beach, CA

No. 260

Washington

37.

Raymond Ford

5'11"

174

Gardena, CA

No. 263

Cal

38.

Rhaheim Ledbetter

5'11"

195

Shleby, NC

No. 268

Florida

2012 Athlon Sports Positional Recruiting Rankings:

College Football 2012 Positional Recruiting Rankings: Running Backs

College Football 2012 Positional Recruiting Rankings: Linebackers

College Football 2012 Positional Recruiting Rankings: Defensive Linemen
College Football 2012 Positional Recruiting Rankings: Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
College Football 2012 Positional Recruiting Rankings: Defensive Backs
College Football 2012 Positional Recruiting Rankings: Offensive Linemen
College Football 2012 Positional Recruiting Rankings: Quarterbacks
College Football 2012 Positional Recruiting Rankings: Athletes