Florida S: 15 in '15

Derwin James

It's a good and deep year of safety prospects from the Sunshine State, led by FSU commitment Derwin James.

Florida QBs: 15 in ‘15
Florida RBs: 15 in ‘15
Florida WRs: 15 in ‘15
Florida OLs: 15 in ‘15
Florida DLs: 15 in ‘15
Florida LBs: 15 in ‘15


1) Derwin James (Haines City)
No. 1 S in nation
James is the nation’s top rated safety. He’s built like a linebacker and runs like a cornerback. James is a fantastic athlete. Barring injury, he should be a plug and play guy from the get go. James excels in coverage. He can play deep and roam or you can line him up in the box. James can also light you up in run support. He has been a long time commitment to the Seminoles.
Committed to Florida State

2) Shawn Burgess-Becker (Coconut Creek Monarch)
No. 7 S in nation
Burgess-Becker exploded on the recruiting scene in the spring of 2013. That was as a wide receiver for the Florida Fire 7v7 team. He excels on both sides of the ball but has more upside on defense as a safety. He has good size, runs well and can really come up and hit you. He’s committed to the Crimson Tide with his good friend and teammate Calvin Ridley.
Committed to Alabama

3) Jaqaun Johnson (Miami Killian)
No. 9 S in nation
Johnson is fantastic athletically and plays multiple positions for his high school team. Projects best as a college safety. He’s not the biggest defensive back in the world but he plays with speed, aggressiveness, and instincts.
Recruiting: Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami and others.

4) Calvin Brewton (Miami Central)
No. 10 S in nation
Brewton is a safety that excels in coverage. He certainly doesn’t have the size or physicality of James but the two should complement each other very well in Tallahassee. I like his versatility, as I think Brewton could line up everywhere in the secondary.
Committed to Florida State

5) Ronnie Harrison (Florida State University School)
No. 13 S in nation
Harrison played last year at quarterback and cornerback. This is a kid with good size and versatility. Harrison is very good in coverage and is very athletic.
Committed to Alabama

6) Kendrell McFadden (Miramar)
No. 20 S in nation
McFadden has a very unique skill set. He’s excellent in press coverage, as he just eats up wide receivers at the line of scrimmage. But he projects best as a safety. This kid is long and very physical.
Committed to West Virginia

7) Arthur Westbrook (Daytona Beach Mainland)
No. 33 S in nation
For now Westbrook is committed to FSU. This is a very talented defensive back who’s kind of under the recruiting radar in the Sunshine State. He can really play. Westbrook is not the biggest guy on the backend but he sure makes plays against the pass and in run support.
Committed to Florida State

8) Deontai Williams (Jacksonville Trinity Christian)
No. 34 S in nation
Williams was previously committed to the Gators. Now he’s headed to Georgia. This is a hard hitting safety that runs well and excels against the run. He can also make the plays against the pass in coverage.
Committed to Georgia

9) Carlton Davis (Miami Norland)
No. 40 S in nation
This is a defensive back that loves contact. In fact, Davis is the type that goes for the knockout blow and is a very physical player. He shows range and the ability to play sideline to sideline. Davis may be best suited to play strong safety and near the line of scrimmage. Having said that, Davis is good in coverage and does a nice job of tracking the ball in flight.
Committed to Ohio State

10) Ben Edwards(Jacksonville Trinity Christian)
No. 42 S in nation
Edwards is one of six defensive backs and linebackers that made this list from his high school defense alone. He was committed to Auburn and Ohio State at one point. He’s another physical safety that can play free or strong.
Recruiting: Maryland, Michigan State, Missouri, North Carolina, and others.

11) Rodrick Archer (South Plantaion)
No. 47 S in nation
Personally, I think this kid is one of the most underrated defensive backs in the entire state. He has size, good athleticism and can play the pass and run. He’s physical and is better in zone at this stage of his career.
Committed to Florida Atlantic

12) Jonathan Crawford(Largo)
No. 59 S in nation
Crawford is actually more of a high school wide receiver that projects higher as a college safety. He has good size, length, athleticism and ball skills. He played free safety for Largo this spring.
Recruiting: Louisville, Syracuse, Wisconsin and others have offered.

13) Vernon Walker (Orlando Dr. Phillips)
No. 61 S in nation
Walker is another good who’s stock will have a chance to really rise this fall. He’s a play maker in the secondary, whether it’s against the pass or run.
Recruiting: Cincinnati, FAU, FIU and others are showing interest.

14) Marcus Walker (Lake Wales)
No. 63 S in nation
Walker is a guy that will be a three-year starter at one of the top programs in the state. He has committed to Kentucky, giving them a big and athletic future safety.
Committed to Kentucky

15) Antonyo Sotolongo (Miami Gulliver Prep)
No. 79 S in nation
This is an intelligent safety prospect that’s always in the right spot. He plays with good instincts and makes plays all over the field, showing range in both run support and coverage.
Recruiting: Arkansas, Duke, FAU, Oregon State, Wisconsin and others have offered.

Florida QBs: 15 in ‘15
Florida RBs: 15 in ‘15
Florida WRs: 15 in ‘15
Florida OLs: 15 in ‘15
Florida DLs: 15 in ‘15
Florida LBs: 15 in ‘15

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