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2013 Football Recruiting Rankings: Defensive Backs

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National Signing Day 2013 is right around the corner and Athlon Sports is releasing its position-by-position rankings for the Class of 2013 based on the Athlon Consensus 100. Who is left on the board? Who has the best class at one position? Who had positional needs to fill? And, obviously, who are the stars of tomorrow fans can look forward to at every position?

As passing offenses and the talent that makes those offenses run get more advanced and more talented, the need for elite defensive backs continues to rise. Lockdown cover corners who can play the run or physical high-point safeties who can man-up in coverage have become the norm. Versatility is the name of the game when defending the pass these days. This is why both safeties and corners are listed below in one list.

Florida and USC lead the way in the 2013 secondary class. The Gators claim three of the top 19 DBs in the nation including the top coverman, Vernon Hargreaves III. He is an elite talent who will continue the recent trend of young star corners (Joe Haden, Janoris Jenkins). VH-3 will be joined by a pair of big safeties in Marcell Harris (6-1, 210) and Keanu Neal (6-1, 205).

While the Gators have the top prospect in the class, the Trojans have the best overall collection. Su'a Cravens is the top safety in the nation while Jalen Ramsey offers Lane Kiffin tremendous cover-corner skills in the body of a safety. Leon McQuay III and Chris Hawkins give the Trojans four of the top 12 defensive backs. All four are ranked in the top 50 nationally.

UCLA also landed four nationally rated defensive backs with two AC100 talents leading the way, Priest Willis and Tahaan Goodman. Ohio State also landed two AC100 talents in Eli Apple and Cam Burrows, as well as nationally ranked Gareon Conley. Alabama is poised to sign three nationally ranked defensive backs too.

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Georgia and LSU each landed a pair of nationally ranked DBs.  

2013 Positional Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB | ATH

 

Name

AC100

Hometown

Ht

Wt

Verbal

1.

Vernon Hargreaves III

No. 3

Tampa, FL

5-11

185

Florida

2.

Su'a Cravens

No. 5

Murrieta, CA

6-1

205

USC

3.

Jalen Ramsey

No. 15

Nashville, TN

6-0

190

USC

4.

Kendall Fuller

No. 16

Olney, MD

6-0

175

Virginia Tech

5.

Vonn Bell

No. 26

Rossville, GA

5-11

190

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6.

Mackensie Alexander

No. 30

Immokalee, FL

5-10

175

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7.

Leon McQuay III

No. 31

Seffner, FL

6-2

185

USC

8.

Tony Conner

No. 32

Batesville, MS

6-1

205

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9.

Priest Willis

No. 39

Tempe, AZ

6-2

200

UCLA

10.

Tre'Davious White

No. 45

Shreveport, LA

5-10

170

LSU

11.

Eli Apple

No. 49

Voorhees, NJ

6-1

185

Ohio St

12.

Chris Hawkins

No. 50

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

6-0

175

USC

13.

Cameron Burrows

No. 61

Trotwood, OH

6-0

195

Ohio St

14.

Tahaan Goodman

No. 65

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

6-1

185

UCLA

15.

Marcell Harris

No. 78

Orlando, FL

6-1

210

Florida

16.

Tray Matthews

No. 82

Newnan, GA

6-0

195

Georgia

17.

Maurice Smith

No. 89

Sugar Land, TX

5-11

175

Alabama

18.

Artie Burns

No. 98

Miami, FL

6-0

180

Miami

19.

Keanu Neal

No. 104

Bushnell, FL

6-1

205

Florida

20.

Jourdan Lewis

No. 107

Detroit, MI

5-10

160

Michigan

21.

Gareon Conley

No. 115

Massillon, OH

6-1

165

Ohio St

22.

Shaq Wiggins

No. 124

Tyrone, GA

5-10

170

Georgia

23.

Cole Luke

No. 133

Chandler, AZ

6-0

170

Notre Dame

24.

Johnny Johnson

No. 146

Fresno, CA

5-10

175

UCLA

25.

Antwuan Davis

No. 162

Bastrop, LA

6-0

180

Texas

26.

Hatari Byrd

No. 163

Fresno, CA

6-1

190

Oklahoma

27.

Tyler Foreman

No. 169

Encino, CA

6-2

190

UCLA

28.

Ashton Shumpert

No. 187

Tupelo, MS

6-1

205

Miss. St

29.

Anthony Averett

No. 191

Woodbury, NJ

6-1

175

Alabama

30.

Brian Walker

No. 193

Charlotte, NC

5-10

170

North Carolina

31.

Rashard Robinson

No. 194

Pompano Beach, FL

6-1

170

LSU

32.

Kameron Miles

No. 195

Mesquite, TX

6-2

200

Texas A&M

33.

Tim Harris

No. 225

Richmond, VA

6-2

190

Virginia

34.

Jonathan Cook

No. 229

Spanish Fort, AL

6-0

185

Alabama

View the complete 2013 Athlon Consensus 100

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