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November 26, 2010

Category rankings: Cornerbacks


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 Mike Farrell breaks down the cornerbacks.

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

5. Jermaine Whitehead, Greenwood (Miss.) Amanda Elzy
Whitehead Highlights
Committed to: Mississippi State
Particulars: 6-0/183
Buzz: Whitehead does everything with effortless athleticism.

4. Justin Coleman, Brunswick, Ga.
Coleman Highlights
Committed to: Tennessee
Particulars: 5-11/175
Buzz: Coleman is a dominant force on offense as well as on defense in high school.

3. David Jenkins, Carrollton (Texas) Hebron
Jenkins Highlights
Committed to: LSU
Particulars: 6-1/185
Buzz: Jenkins is a track star as well as a football star.

2. Stefan McClure, Vista, Calif.
McClure Highlights
Considering: Washington, UCLA, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State and others.
Particulars: 5-11/170
Buzz: McClure could impact on special teams as well as on defense and has offensive skills as well.

1. Sheroid Evans, Sugar Land (Texas) Dulles
Evans Highlights
Committed to: Texas
Particulars: 6-1/185
Buzz: Despite injury issues, Evans is big and incredibly fast which could be a great combo in college.

BEST BALL SKILLS
5. Tevin Mitchel, Mansfield (Texas) Legacy
Mitchel Highlights
Committed to: Nebraska
Particulars: 6-0/175
Buzz: Mitchell is still raw but he can go up and get the football.

4. Josh Turner, Oklahoma City (Okla.) Millwood
Turner Highlights
Committed to: Texas
Particulars: 6-0/175
Buzz: His receiving skills on offense stand out and will allow him to make big plays once he learns the corner position.

3. Nick Waisome, Groveland (Fla.) South Lake
Waisome Highlights
Committed to: Florida
Particulars: 5-10/171
Buzz: Waisome loves to make plays on the ball and looks to become an offensive threat on defense.

2. Marcus Roberson, Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Roberson Highlights
Considering: Auburn, Texas Tech, Georgia, Florida and others.
Particulars: 6-1/170
Buzz: His size and jumping ability allow him to fight for the ball at its highest point.

1. Jonathan Rose, Leeds, Ala.
Rose Highlights
Committed to: Auburn
Particulars: 6-2/170
Buzz: Rose has great hands and the ability to gain yardage after making a pick.

BEST COVERAGE SKILLS
5. Jonathan Rose, Leeds, Ala.
Rose Highlights
Committed to: Auburn
Particulars: 6-2/170
Buzz: Rose covers so much ground with his long stride it's hard to get the ball over him.

4. Doran Grant, Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary
Grant Highlights
Considering: Ohio State and Michigan State lead others.
Particulars: 5-10/171
Buzz: Grant makes himself faster in coverage by slowing down his opponent with technique and muscle.

3. Nick Waisome, Groveland (Fla.) South Lake
Waisome Highlights
Committed to: Florida
Particulars: 5-10/171
Buzz: Waisome can turn and run with anyone and his closing speed is elite.

2. Marcus Roberson, Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Roberson Highlights
Considering: Auburn, Texas Tech, Georgia, Florida and others.
Particulars: 6-1/170
Buzz: Roberson's combination of size, jumping ability and speed makes him great in coverage.

1. David Jenkins, Carrollton (Texas) Hebron
Jenkins Highlights
Committed to: LSU
Particulars: 6-1/185
Buzz: Jenkins uses his sub-10.6 100-meter speed to his advantage.

FASTEST
5. Tevin Mitchel, Mansfield (Texas) Legacy
Mitchel Highlights
Committed to: Nebraska
Particulars: 6-0/175
Buzz: Mitchell is a burner with good size and his closing speed in coverage is exceptional.

4. Jonathan Rose, Leeds, Ala.
Rose Highlights
Committed to: Auburn
Particulars: 6-2/170
Buzz: Rose is tall and lanky but his long stride covers a ton of ground.

3. Nick Waisome, Groveland (Fla.) South Lake
Waisome Highlights
Committed to: Florida
Particulars: 5-10/171
Buzz: Waisome may not be big, but he can scoot and run with anyone in coverage.

2. David Jenkins, Carrollton (Texas) Hebron
Jenkins Highlights
Committed to: LSU
Particulars: 6-1/185
Buzz: Jenkins is one of the fastest players in the state of Texas.

1. Sheroid Evans, Sugar Land (Texas) Dulles
Evans Highlights
Committed to: Texas
Particulars: 6-1/185
Buzz: Evans won the Texas Class 5A state title in both the 100 and 200 meters as a junior and is one of the nation's top sprinters.

MOST PHYSICAL
5. Blake Countess, Owing Mills (Md.) Good Counsel
Countess Highlights
Considering: Michigan, Georgia Tech and Maryland lead others.
Particulars: 5-10/170
Buzz: Pound-for-pound, Countess is as tough as they come and he will come up and stick you in the run game.

4. Jermaine Whitehead, Greenwood (Miss.) Amanda Elzy
Whitehead Highlights
Committed to: Mississippi State
Particulars: 6-0/183
Buzz: Whitehead is more than willing to come up and smack someone in run support.

3. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Chino Hills, Calif.
Ekpre-Olomu Highlights
Considering: Cal and Oregon lead many others.
Particulars: 5-10/180
Buzz: Ekpre-Oloumu is so physical he'll probably end up as a safety in college.

2. Doran Grant, Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary
Grant Highlights
Considering: Ohio State and Michigan State lead others.
Particulars: 5-10/171
Buzz: Grant is a ball of muscle and loves to play bump/press coverage.

1. Charles Jackson, Klein (Texas) Klein Collins
Jackson Highlights
Committed to: Nebraska
Particulars: 5-11/180
Buzz: Jackson is one of the strongest players on his team regardless of position and he blows up receivers and is great in bump coverage.



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