Top high school defensive backs in the Southland

Defensive backs to watch:

Maurice Davison; 5-8; 160; Sr.; Let's see who will beat him.


Cameron Haney; Cathedral; 5-11; 180; Sr.; He backs down from no one.

Darick Holmes; Newbury Park; 5-8; 180; Sr.; Multitalented player.

Iman Marshall; Long Beach Poly; 6-1; 190; Sr.; Sets the standard for excellence.

Taeon Mason; Muir; 6-0; 170; Sr.; Committed to USC.

Stanley Norman; Gardena Serra; 6-0; 180; Sr.; Culver City transfer takes his talent to Pac-5.

Kameron Powell; Upland; 5-11; 185; Sr.; Washington State commit.

Ykili Ross; Riverside Poly; 6-2; 190; Sr.; Has size, strength and speed.

Jihree Stewart; Corona Centennial; 6-0; 185; Sr.; Committed to Oregon.

Marvell Tell; Crespi; 6-2 1/2; 185; Sr.; Safety who does everything well.

Jay Jay Wilson; Valencia; 6-3; 230; Sr.; A powerful tackler.

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Garrett Barbato; Corona del Mar; 6-1; 200; Sr.; Leader of a top defense.

Chris Barganier; St. Joseph; 5-2; 185; Sr.; Will be four-year starter.


Tre Bierria; Narbonne; 6-1; 180; Sr.; Had six interceptions.

Brandon Burton; Gardena Serra; 6-2; 180; Jr.; Free safety is finally healthy.

Myles Bryant; Loyola; 5-9; 170; Jr; His coach raves about his skills.

Treyjohn Butler; Etiwanda; 5-11; 190; Jr.; Had seven interceptions.

Austin Christian; Garden Grove; 5-10; 180; Sr.; Had 10 interceptions.

Eddie Cortez; Reseda; 6-1; 180; Sr.; Two-way standout for Regents.

Kameron Dennis; Servite; 5-10; 180; Sr.; Tough, persistent player.

Marquel Dismuke; Dominguez; 6-2; 180; Jr.; Highly regarded by colleges.

Rick Ellison; Santa Margarita; 6-0; 190; Sr.; Strong safety who's a good tackler.

Dominic Emerson; Inglewood; 6-0; 165; Sr.; Quick cornerback with good grades.

Matt Goldberg; Agoura; 5-11; 180; Sr.; Does everything for his team.

Jalyn Harrison; Westlake; 6-0; 180; Sr.; Aggressive cornerback.

Tayler Hawkins; Palm Springs; 6-1; 180; Jr.; Covers 40 yards in 4.43 seconds.

Sadique Hayward; Dorsey; 6-3; 200; Sr.; Uses big frame to make big tackles.

Darnay Holmes; Newbury Park; 5-10; 175; So.; Makes impact in variety of ways.

DeJon Jones; Venice; 5-10; 170; Sr.; Solid, tough cornerback.

Jackie Jones; Long Beach Poly; 5-11; 150; Jr.; Has speed, instincts, star power.

Mike Little; Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; 5-11; 170; Sr.; Should be one of the best in Mission League.

Duane McBroom; Palisades; 5-10; 195; Sr.; Strong safety with terrific skills.

Nathan Meadors; San Gorgonio; 6-1; 190; Sr.; Defensive league MVP had six interceptions.

Darrien Molton; Chaparral; 5-10; 170; Sr.; Committed to Washington State.

D.J. Morgan; St. John Bosco; 6-2; 185; Jr.; Ready to be defensive leader.

Joey Pena; L.A. Wilson; 5-9; 170; Sr.; Had eight interceptions.

C.J. Pollard; Gardena Serra; 6-1; 190; Jr.; He has more than 10 scholarship offers.

Malik Psalms; Ayala; 6-2; 175; Sr.; Committed to California.

Donzale Roddie; Paramount; 5-10; 175; Sr.; Committed to Utah.

Christian Swint; Compton; 6-0; 175; Fr.; Ready to make impact.

De'Jaun Tyson; Inglewood; 5-11; 180; Sr.; Returning all-league player.

Colin Samuel; Long Beach Poly; 6-2; 185; Sr.; Aggressive, physical cornerback.

Tyler Vaughns; Bishop Amat; 6-2; 170; Jr.; Has all the skills to be standout.

Lane Vecchio; Villa Park; 6-0; 175; Jr.; Knows how to break up passes.

Jeremy Vincent; Oaks Christian; 5-11; 190; Sr.; Versatile two-way player.

Darius Vines; St. Bonaventure; 5-11; 170; Jr.; Plays quarterback, receiver, safety, corner.

Marcus Walton; Crenshaw; 6-1; 190; Sr.; Top athlete who knows how to tackle.

Schuyler Whitehead; Los Alamitos; 6-2; 193; Jr.; Has chance to be very good safety.

Rayce Williams; Dorsey; 6-2; 205; Sr.; Has size, speed.

Tony Williams; Mission Viejo; 6-2; 210; Sr.; Free safety makes strong hits.

Marquis Williams; Garfield; 5-11; 160; Jr.; Has blazing speed.

—Eric Sondheimer