Welcome to part two of building the perfect 2011 recruiting class. My name is John Daker.
We got the fun part out of the way last week, tracking down the 14 or 15 best 2011 recruits to run a spread-n-shred offense.
This week, I'm circling the 11 recruits (with video!) I'd take to reload my defense. They've been chosen both for their individual talent and for how well I think they'd play together.
As a Big Ten fan, I concentrated first and foremost on stopping the run, and made that the top priority of these players. With a good cover corner and free safety, my plan would be to put eight in the box to begin with, then adjust as the opposing offense moved towards passing.
My weakside linebacker, my free safety, my cover corner and my strongside end needed really strong skills against the pass, but everyone else was chosen for their skills at stopping the run.
That being said, I took the best free safety on the board for 2011. He's going to have to cover a lot of turf with eight in the box.
Before I get ahead of myself, please, read on.