West: Final Top Ten Cornerbacks

Priest Willis

Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza's Priest Willis is the top cornerback in the final West cornerback rankings in 2013...

West: Final Top Ten Cornerbacks
Location: Tempe, Ariz.
High School: Marcos De Niz
Size: 6-2/190
Recruiting: Committed to UCLA
Scouting Report: Willis plays corner at the H.S. level and has the ability to stay at that position in college. He has solid cover skills and the top end speed to turn and run with some of the fastest receivers as well. He has a safety frame and will continue to get bigger. There's a good chance Willis will end up around 6-3, 225 pounds in a few years so safety will likely be his natural position, but corner is where schools like him. He's a physical player and will come up and hit you. He has long arms and is strong in press cover and having a safety that can cover a third receiver is a huge advantage for a defense.
Location: Fresno, Calif.
High School: Central
Size: 5-9, 180
Recruiting: Committed to UCLA
Scouting Report: Johnson is a true lock-down corner, with tremendous strength packed into a shorter, but more filled out frame.  Johnson is good in press coverage and is real physical with opposing receivers.  He takes a lot of risks but they usually pay off.  Like most guys from Central California, he plays with a huge chip on his shoulder, with a lot of swagger and emotion, but has a short memory.  His DBs coach Tony Perry, who's coached over 40 D-I defensive backs, compares him often to former NFL corner Ricky Manning, in their hitting and coverage ability despite lacking ideal height.  Johnson was shaking off a shoulder injury most of the summer, but still did well at the Oakland NFTC. 
Location: Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
High School: Rancho Cucamonga
Size: 6-0/165
Recruiting: Committed to USC
Scouting Report: Part of a stellar secondary, Hawkins helped lead a stellar Rancho Cucamonga defense, that made it to the CIF-SS semifinals.  He does a great job anticipating the pass and jumping routes and is quick and fluid coming out of his backpedal.  Hawkins shows great burst and closing speed and he's difficult to gain separation from. Hawkins has very good ball skills and is also talented returner.  He and safety Tahaan Goodma are as good a corner/safety combo as you'll find out West.  He's also an excellent student, with a 3.8 GPA.  Probably no cornerback did better and was more consistent out West this spring and summer than Hawkins.
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: Salesian
Size: 6-2/185
Recruiting: Committed to Washington
Scouting Report: Few players at any position upped their stock this year like Kelly.  An unheralded receiver prospect in the spring, Kelly blossomed during the summer, starring at a number of camps playing cornerback.  But then it was the season that really saw his stock rise, putting together a terrific year as a corner, receiver and return man.  Not many have the upside of Kelly in this class, at any spot and his best football is still ahead of him.
Location: Chandler, Ariz.
High School: Hamilton
Size: 6-0/165
Recruiting: Committed to Notre Dame
Scouting Report: The top pure corner in the state of Arizona, Luke is a tremendous defensive back who constantly makes plays.  He has good anticipation and instincts and very good awareness. Does a great job opening his hips and good recovery ability. Is a tough corner with good closing speed and won't hesitate to pop the receiver. A good athlete who just needs to add some more bulk to a frame suited for more weight.