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November 20, 2009

Category rankings: Cornerbacks

VOTE: Best athlete | Best ball skills | Best coverage skills | Fastest | Most physical


The Rivals.com recruiting experts have broken down countless hours of film and racked up plenty of frequent flyer miles to see the top prospects compete at events across the country. In the process of evaluating overall talent, several prospects gained notice for their mastery of specific skills.

We've selected the best of the best in each category for every position and ranked them. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every breaks down the cornerbacks.

CB RANKINGS: Best athlete | Best ball skills | Best coverage skills | Fastest | Most physical

5. Nickell Robey, Frostproof (Fla.)
Robey Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Georgia
PARTICULARS: 5-8/165
BUZZ: This Georgia commitment was a track standout before he became a two-way superstar on the gridiron.
4. Barry Bostic, Louisville (Ga.) Jefferson County
Bostic Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Georgia Tech
PARTICULARS: 5-10/156
BUZZ: He has been the starting quarterback the past three years and has run for more than 1,000 yards twice in his career.
3. Khiry McQuay, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood
McQuay Highlights
CONSIDERING: Two-sport star lists a football offer from Duke.
PARTICULARS: 5-8/164
BUZZ: McQuay showed out at more camps and combines than any other player in the nation; he also is a baseball prospect.
2. Terrence Mitchell, Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough
Mitchell Highlights
CONSIDERING: Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, South Florida and Tennessee
PARTICULARS: 5-10/165
BUZZ: This four-star prospect is another two-way starter who also happens to be a track star.

1. DeMarcus Milliner, Millbrook (Ala.) Stanhope Elmore
Milliner Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Alabama
PARTICULARS: 6-1/180
BUZZ: This two-way star plays running back and defensive back, and he has been a combine monster.
BEST BALL SKILLS
5. Nickell Robey, Frostproof (Fla.)
Robey Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Georgia
PARTICULARS: 5-8/165
BUZZ: Robey had 13 interceptions and has rushed for 3,100 yards over the past two seasons.

4. Terrence Mitchell, Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough
Mitchell Highlights
CONSIDERING: Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, South Florida and Tennessee
PARTICULARS: 5-10/165
BUZZ: Mitchell demonstrated superior ball skills at the Sling and Shoot event last summer.

3. Christian Bryant, Cleveland Glenville Academic Campus
Bryant Highlights
CONSIDERING: List includes Illinois, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee and Virginia.
PARTICULARS: 5-10/173
BUZZ: He plays about every skill position possible and had a stellar showing at the U.S. Army All-American Combine.
2. John Fulton, Manning (S.C.)
Fulton Highlights
CONSIDERING: List includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina and Tennessee.
PARTICULARS: 6-1/180
BUZZ: This four-star standout is a huge corner, and he had eight interceptions last season.

1. Jaylen Watkins, Cape Coral (Fla.)
Watkins Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Florida
PARTICULARS: 6-1/172
BUZZ: He touches the ball as a quarterback, running back, receiver and defensive back.

BEST COVERAGE SKILLS
5. Keion Payne, Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Payne Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Miami
PARTICULARS: 6-0/165
BUZZ: This Miami commitment had an excellent performance at the Miami Nike Camp in the spring.

4. Darius Robinson, Atlanta Westlake
Robinson Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Clemson
PARTICULARS: 6-0/170
BUZZ: He displayed hips on a swivel as well as good size and strength while working out with Team Georgia for the Badger 7-on-7 tournament.
3. Dior Mathis, Detroit Cass Tech
Mathis Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Oregon leads a long list.
PARTICULARS: 5-9/166
BUZZ: Mathis had a tremendous performance in the one-on-ones at the U.S. Army All-American Combine.
2. John Fulton, Manning (S.C.)
Fulton Highlights
CONSIDERING: List includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina and Tennessee.
PARTICULARS: 6-1/180
BUZZ: Fulton showed a good blend of speed and power at the VTO Sports Combine in the spring.

1. Tyrann Mathieu, New Orleans St. Augustine
Mathieu Highlights
COMMITTED TO: LSU
PARTICULARS: 5-10/175
BUZZ: This LSU commitment wowed the analysts at the Tennessee camp in Knoxville last summer.

FASTEST
5. Tyler Stephenson, Lancaster (Texas)
Stephenson Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Baylor
PARTICULARS: 5-10/175
BUZZ: Stephenson is one of the top 110 and 300 hurdlers in the state of Texas. Baylor is getting a good one here.
4. Nickell Robey, Frostproof (Fla.)
Robey Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Georgia
PARTICULARS: 5-8/165
BUZZ: Robey showed his spend when he ran a 4.30 40 at the Under Armour Combine in Orlando, Fla.
3. Terrence Mitchell, Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough
Mitchell Highlights
CONSIDERING: Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, South Florida and Tennessee
PARTICULARS: 5-10/165
BUZZ: He impressed when he ran a 10.59 100 meters in the 3A state finals in Florida.

2. DeMarcus Milliner, Millbrook (Ala.) Stanhope Elmore
Milliner Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Alabama
PARTICULARS: 6-1/180
BUZZ: This Alabama commitment ran a 4.31 40 at the Elite Action Combine in the spring.

1. Cody Riggs, Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Riggs Highlights
CONSIDERING: Florida leads a long list.
PARTICULARS: 5-9/156
BUZZ: Riggs ran one of only two 4.4 40-yard dashes out of 500 participants at the U.S. Army All-American Combine.
MOST PHYSICAL
5. Christian Bryant, Cleveland Glenville Academic Campus
Bryant Highlights
CONSIDERING: List includes Illinois, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee and Virginia.
PARTICULARS: 5-10/173
BUZZ: He does not mind jacking up receivers off the line of scrimmage as he did in San Antonio at the U.S. Army All-American Combine.
4. Ricardo Allen, Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland
Allen Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Purdue
PARTICULARS: 5-9/170
BUZZ: Allen may not be the biggest corner, but he didn't back down to any receiver at the FBU Top Gun event last summer.
3. Cullen Christian, Pittsburgh Penn Hills
Christian Highlights
CONSIDERING: Michigan, UCLA and West Virginia lead.
PARTICULARS: 6-0/180
BUZZ: This four-star standout used his long arms and size to abuse receivers at the State College Nike Camp.
2. Joshua Shaw, Palmdale (Calif.)
Shaw Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Florida
PARTICULARS: 6-1/195
BUZZ: This recent Florida commitment manhandled the receivers at the Palo Alto Nike Camp in the spring.
1. Lamarcus Joyner, Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Joyner Highlights
CONSIDERING: Florida State, Notre Dame and Ohio State lead.
PARTICULARS: 5-8/166
BUZZ: This prospect really thinks he is a strong safety, having racked up 206 tackles during his sophomore and junior seasons.



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