After a thorough study using specific scoring criteria, Bleacher Report National Recruiting Analysts Damon Sayles, Sanjay Kirpalani and Tyler Donohue have graded the top 100 players in the 247Sports composite rankings and provided in-depth analysis on each young athlete. Bleacher Report will run a position-by-position breakdown series of the best college football recruits in the class of 2017. Here we present the Top Defensive Backs.
- Defensive Tackles
- Running Backs
- Offensive Linemen
- Wide Receivers
- Defensive Ends
Lockdown defenders in this day and age of pass-happy spread offenses are as important as ever. College coaches are always looking for cornerbacks whom they feel comfortable with on an island against the nation's top receivers. Coaches also are looking for safeties who can not only patrol the secondary but also be equally effective in one-on-one coverage.
The 2017 class has its share of stud defensive backs, and what makes recruiting so interesting for this cycle is that only four of those athletes own a 5-star rating. And of those four, one—Jacksonville, Florida, cornerback Shaun Wade—is already committed to Ohio State. The competition for landing an elite defender in the secondary will be tough among the nation's FBS schools.
Here's our breakdown of the top-ranked 2017 prospects at the defensive back position. Cornerbacks were assessed on speed, ball skills, run support and overall coverage ability. Safeties were assessed on ball skills, tackling, run support and pass coverage.