West: Final Top Ten Safeties
Committed to USC
Cravens is not just the top safety in the West, he's the top overall prospect in the region as well. He would also be the top linebacker in the region and would rank among the top receivers in the area as well. The USC commit plays primarily linebacker in H.S and is a explosive hitter who closes on an opposing ball carrier faster than anyone in the West.
One of the most versatile players the Golden State has produced, Cravens was
selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Mission Viejo, Calif.
Committed to Notre Dame
Redfield might be the best all around athlete in this group
and doubles as a wide receiver and could definitely play on the offensive side
of the ball in college but was recruited to play safety. Redfield's best asset
is the range he covers and the amount of plays he makes in the secondary. He's
always around the football and his explosive leaping ability allows him to make
a ton of plays in the red zone on both sides of the ball. Selected
to play in the UnderArmour All-American Game.
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Committed to UCLA
Goodman exploded this past spring/summer and raised his
stock more than any other defensive back. He could be the most complete safety
on this list as he's both an explosive hitter and punishing hitter and has
excellent range and balls skills as well. He has a great frame that will be able
to hold more weight, runs very well and is a sure tackler. He breaks down very
well, runs right through opposing ball carriers and doesn't miss tackles. He
covers a ton of ground in the secondary and it's tough to find any real weakness
in Goodman's game. Goodman was selected to the U.S. Army All-American
Committed to UCLA
In just about any other year, Foreman would be at the top of this list as he's a very talented player with every physical tool you could want in a college safety. He's the biggest safety on this list measuring in at a very solid 6-2, 195 pounds. He can run and cover and is a big hitter. He has the athleticism to play free safety but the toughness, size and hitting ability to play in the box and could even bulk up in to a linebacker. He's a natural leader as well and has tremendous upside. Don't be surprised if Foreman outplays several players on this list rated higher than him in college.
Committed to Oklahoma
Byrd surprised a lot of people with his summer commitment to
Oklahoma but he'll fit in very well in the Sooners defensive scheme. He's not as
athletic but could play a similar role as former Sooner Tony Jefferson as a
cross between a safety and linebacker. He's the most physical safety in the
region with under-rated athleticism. He can run with tight ends and some big receivers but his strength in
college will be as an in the box strong safety stuffing the run. He brings an
intimidating presence to the field and has the kind of enforcer mentality you
want on your defense. Byrd played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
The Next Five:
6. Brandon Arnold (Encino, Calif.)- Committed to Oregon State
7. Jayme Otomewo (Los Angeles, Calif.)- Committed to Arizona State
8. Justin Strong (Fontana, Calif.)- Committed
to Oregon State
9. Terin Solomon (Murrieta, Calif.)- Committed
to Oregon State
10. James Johnson (Upland, Calif.)- Committed
to Arizona State
National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins), National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager
Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman), Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell (@jason247scout) and Northwest Recruiting Analyst Jake Worthen (@JakeWorthen)
contributed to these rankings.