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Norcal Top DB's Class of 2017

Here is our NorCal Top Class of 2017 Defensive Back list. This list will expand as the off-season moves on with additional film review, recruiting news and camp/combine performances. Please submit any players you would like us to review to This list consists of players from CCS, NCS and SJS Sections.

On this list are versatile skill guys that can play special teams and contribute on offense.

We are starting with players that we project at the Division 1 (FBS) and (FCS) Levels

6'2, 170 Je'Quari Godfrey (Bishop O'Dowd) NCS

OFFERS: Hawaii
2015 Season Stats: 20 Tackles, 4 Int's

  • Plays man defense extremely well, can run with WR's
  • Physical and disruptive, good jams while in press
  • Lots of potential, long arms and good overall length
5'11, 170 Tre White (De La Salle) NCS

OFFERS: Northern Colorado
2015 Season Stats: 26 Tackles, 3 Int, 2 TD

  • Hard hitting cover corner, comes down hill like a menace
  • Smart defensive player who understand zones and plays flats well
  • Good speed and football instincts
  • Tough, not afraid to disrupt receivers
6'0, 185 Bennett Williams (Saint Francis) CCS

OFFERS: Cornell
2015 Season Stats: 87 Tackles, 9 Int's - 3 Rec TD

  • Sets the edge well at corner, solid tackler
  • Drives on routes like a mad man, 9 picks!
  • Smart football player who could play Corner, Safety or WR
  • Baits QB's into throwing ball and uses speed to make plays
6'1, 190 Mason Hurst (Del Oro) SJS

OFFERS: Nevada, Sacramento State
2015 Season Stats: 91 Tackles, 9 Int - 6 Rec TD

  • Playmaker, provides energy for his time with effort and hustle
  • Great reading ability, tackles well and reads QB from safety position
  • Extremely productive on the offensive side of the football
  • Has all the intangibles, smart ball player
6'2, 178 Damario Mclean (Elk Grove) SJS

OFFERS: Wyoming
2015 Season Stats: 36 Tackles, 6 Int

  • Excellent combination of size and speed
  • Good willing tackler
  • Wins the jump ball all the time with leaping ability
  • Does not get beat often
6'2, 175 DaRon Bland (Central Catholic Modesto) SJS

2015 Season Stats: 48 Tackles, 5 Int, 3 TD - 4 Rec TD

  • Great speed, long stride and smooth running form, Game Breaker
  • Dangerous in the return game, could take it to the house at any moment
  • Excellent route recognition and ball skills, 3 Int's returned for TD's
  • Potentially just as good at WR, perfect size and skill set
5'11, 175 Damaria Capers (Concord) NCS

2015 Season Stats: 49 Tackles, 3 Int

  • Smooth and natural cover corner
  • Long arms allow him to give receivers issues down the field
  • Quality tackler who plays with big time energy and excitement
5'10, 200 TC Lavulo (Serra) CCS
  • Super fast, hybrid SS/LB type
  • Projects at the safety position in college, will fit in any scheme
  • Great tackler and playmaker
  • Tough defender, tremendous hustle and energy
5'9, 165 Shawn Johnson (Folsom) SJS

2015 Season Stats: 125 Tackles, 2 FF

  • Hard hitting, versatile secondary defender with great speed
  • Smart, takes great angles and makes textbook tackles
  • Plays with huge energy is always around the football
5'8, 185 David Ford (Saint Mary's of Stockton) SJS

2015 Season Stats: 111 Tackles, 8 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 Int

  • Tackling machine! Is involved with the ball at all times
  • Excellent hustle and effort, plays through the whistle
  • Great at blitzing and stopping run in the backfield
  • Reminds us of Earl Thomas (Seahawks)
6'0, 160 Isaiah Downes (Lincoln) SJS

2015 Season Stats: 26 Tackles, 6 Int

  • Excellent technique on the corner, polished defender
  • Goes up and disrupts jump ball well, athletic
  • Really comfortable in man defense, bumps and runs
  • Good speed and tackling ability
5'10, 180 Trey Overton (Rocklin) SJS

2015 Season Stats: 73 Tackles, 5 Int's

  • Super fast and aggressive defender, good tackler
  • Causes turnovers in many ways, picks and forced fumbles
  • Reads QB well from safety position, high football IQ
  • Great athlete
6'2, 190 Truman Andrus (Oak Ridge) SJS

2015 Season Stats: 105 Tackles, 3 Int

  • Outstanding athlete with good size
  • Can put on weight and play OLB in college or convert to safety, great cover skills
  • All over the field, hustles and plays through the whistle
6'1, 198 Richard Therman (Moreau Catholic) NCS

2015 Stats: 19 Tackles, 300+ Total Yards, 3 TD Rush

  • Great size and speed, physical football player
  • Versatile , contributes on O, D and will tackle on special teams - can also return
  • Huge upside at next level due to athleticism.
5'8 175 Alex Johnson (Moreau Catholic) NCS

2015 Season Stats: 18 Tackles, 2 Int

  • Natural cover skills, great athlete
  • Does not get beat very often, does not bite
  • Good athlete with the football in his hands, can be used in slot
5'9 170 Jovon Johnson (Serra) CCS

2015 Stats: 20 Tackles, 2 Int's

  • Great cover man, reads routes well and closes
  • Smooth and fluid athlete, changes directions with ease
  • Good speed and strength
5'11, 185 Elijah Short (De La Salle) NCS

2015 Season Stats: 43 Tackles, - 2 Int's

  • Hard hitting, safety type
  • Excellent speed, Sub 11-Second 100 meter runner
  • Great size and strength, mature player
5'11, 175 Evan Barney (Clayton Valley) NCS

2015 Season Stats: 92 Tackles, 6 Int's

  • Quality tackler, not afraid to hit
  • Good hips and ball skills
  • Extremely smart player, does job well in elite California defense
6'2, 190 Vaughn Johnson (American Canyon SJS

2015 Season Stats: 43 Tackles, 1 Sack, 1 Blocked FG

  • Long, rangy ball player with good instincts
  • Can play anywhere in secondary and also contributes on O
  • Big upside, good size and speed
5'8 150 Antione Tanner (Antioch) NCS

2015 Stats: 20 Tackles, 3 Int's

  • Good athlete with nice ball skills
  • Quality cover man, good hips and ability to change directions
  • Nice speed and energy on the football field
5'11, 160 Shamir Wilson (Serra) CCS

2015 Season Stats: 22 Tackles, 2 Int's

  • Good hips and athleticism
  • Solid tackler at the corner
  • Quality open field speed and ability to track the ball in the air
5'10, 165 Cassius Reynolds (Vacaville) SJS

2015 Season Stats: 52 Tackles, 3 Int - 202 Total Yards

  • Great tackler from the secondary
  • Can cut on a dime, threat with the ball in his hands
  • Plays with big time energy