So between now and Monday, Feb. 10, when we'll reveal our overall FCS team (Top 50) and individual recruiting rankings (Top 300 recruits), we're going to begin to release some of our early thoughts about each class here — by conference, and by position. Today we release our feelings about the defensive back position and where things stand for those schools.
Also … please remember, this is a ranking of HIGH SCHOOL commitments … this is only one way our FCS rankings differentiate us from 247Sports and Rivals etc. Also … we don't pay any attention to the star rating, this ranking is based solely on how each athlete is coveted, and who wanted him … and how many wanted him. That's it. Film evaluation is something I will leave up to the coaches, as they have their jobs on the line with that. I figure if their jobs are on the line, they're probably doing a pretty good job of figuring out who they want to offer a spot on their rosters. And they are certainly better than I am at making that determination.
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Quick rankings explanation:
- Only high school recruits are taken into account. Transfers are separate and will be evaluated much later this spring.
- The system is based on school offers, NOT 247Sports or Rivals. Every level of D-1 (P5, G5, FCS) has a particular tiered point total.
- When it comes to team rankings, it's the value of all of its Dec. signees and current commitments' point totals combined. Every kid counts.
- I respect PWOs — preferred walk-ons. They get credit too. The FCS is the perfect level for walk-ons. They matter to these schools.
- The final national rankings for Top 50 teams and Top 300 individuals will publish Monday, Feb. 10[divider]
TOP FCS DB RECRUITS
|RK||POS||FCS TEAM||FCS RECRUIT||HOMETOWN||OTHER D-1 OPTIONS|
|1||DB||TENN-MARTIN||Anthony Prospere||Deerfield Beach, FL||7 Power Five offers, 6 G5, 1 FCS|
|2||DB||LEHIGH||Donovan Thomas||Jacksonville, FL||6 Power Five Offers, 8 G5s|
|3||DB||CHARLESTON SOUTH.||Jevaun Jacobsen||North Vancouver, Canada||Illinois, 16 G5 offers|
|4||DB||GARDNER-WEBB||Christian Miller||Hilton Head, SC||Indiana, 10 FBS offers, 12 FCS offers|
|5||DB||ALBANY||Semaj Brown||Calumet City, IL||5 Power Five offers, 6 G5s|
|6||DB||TENNESSEE STATE||Jeshon Ingraham||West Palm Beach, FL||B.C., Minnesota, Mizzou, 8 FBS, 2 FCS|
|7||DB||JAMES MADISON||Antonio Webb||Norfolk, VA||UVA, Pitt, Rutgers, 10 FBS|
|8||DB||STEPHEN F. AUSTIN||Tanner Hooker||Shreveport, LA||Kansas decommit – 3 P5s, 6 G5s, 3 FCS|
|9||DB||MCNEESE||Raek'won Starks||Harvey, LA||UTSA decommit – Arkansas, 9 G5, 7 FCS offers|
|10||DB||PENN||Shiloh Means||Indianapolis, IN||9 FBS, 6 FCS offers|
|11||DB||ELON||Daniel Moyer||Pfafftown, NC||7 G5 offers, 9 FCS offers|
|12||DB||NICHOLLS||Quinton Cage||Metairie, LA||5 FBS offers, 13 FCS offers|
|13||DB||HOLY CROSS||Terrence Spence||Ringwood, NJ||5 FBS offers, 12 FCS offers|
|14||DB||CHARLESTON SOUTH.||Richard Lawson||Miami, FL||Pitt, BC, 5 G5 offers, 3 FCS offers|
|15||DB||PENN||Henry Blackburn||Boulder, CO||5 FBS, 11 FCS|
|16||DB||NDSU||Cole Wisniewski||Sparta, WI||4 FBS, 13 FCS offers|
|17||DB||SE LOUISIANA||Kevin Bickham||Amite, LA||Kentucky, 7 G5 offers, 2 FCS|
|18||DB||ELON||Jaidyn Denis||Charlotte, NC||Kansas, 6 G5, 4 FCS|
|19||DB||FURMAN||Ivan Yates||Roswell, GA||Bucknell decommit – 4 FBS, 10 FCS|
|20||DB||SE LOUISIANA||Jacoby Wells||Harvey, LA||Colorado, 4 G5,5 FCS|
|21||DB||HARVARD||Phillip Smitherman||Oklahoma City, OK||2 FBS, 13 FCS|
|22||DB||JAMES MADISON||Sammy Malignaggi||Cambridge, MA||ODU, Army, 12 FCS offers|
|23||DB||SACRAMENTO ST.||Patrick Dean||Ontario, CA||7 FBS offers, 1 FCS|
|24||DB||STEPHEN F. AUSTIN||Jalon Hunter||Arlington, TX||4 FBS, 7 FCS|
|25||DB||MONTANA STATE||Max Lenzy||Portland, OR||Oregon, Utah St., Navy, 5 FCS|
|26||DB||FORDHAM||Kyle Jacob||Paramus, NJ||Air Force, 12 FCS offers|
|27||DB||COLGATE||Owen Goss||Hinsdale, IL||Air Force, NIU, 10 FCS offers|
|28||DB||SE LOUISIANA||TaQuan Thomas||New Orleans, LA||MTSU, SoAlab, LaMonroe, UAB, Nicholls, NW State|
|29||DB||SOUTH DAKOTA||Latrez Shelton||St. Louis, MO||4 FBS, 8 FCS offers|
|30||DB||STONY BROOK||Julian Ganthier||Laurel, MD||Rutgers, 2 G5s, 5 FCS offers|
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