Defensive backs to watch this high school football season

Defensive backs to watch this high school football season
Cornerback Thomas Graham participates in a summer seven-on-seven passing tournament at Orange Coast College. (Shotgun Spratling / Los Angeles Times)

Top high school football defensive backs to watch this fall in the Southland:

Player; School; Ht.; Wt.; Yr.; Comment


Traveon Beck; St. John Bosco; 5-10; 170; Sr.; California commit loves to battle receivers.

Treyjohn Butler; Etiwanda; 5-11; 190; Sr.; Has committed to Stanford

Camryn Bynum; Corona Centennial; 5-10; 170; Sr.; Cal commit is a strong tackler.

Brandon Burton; Gardena Serra; 6-3; 190; Sr.; A safety who will set a standard for excellence.

Thomas Graham; Rancho Cucamonga; 5-10; 160; Jr.; Has committed to USC.

Darnay Holmes; Calabasas; 6-0; 185; Jr.; An outstanding two-way player.

Troy Dye; Norco; 6-2; 200; Sr.; Oregon commit has size to bring down ball carriers.

Jack Jones; Long Beach Poly; 5-11; 150; Sr.; Fearless, relentless cover man.

David Long; Loyola; 5-11; 185; Sr.; Stanford commit has speed, terrific cover skills.

CJ Pollard; Gardena Serra; 6-1; 180; Sr.; USC commit had 58 tackles as a junior.

Best of the rest

T.J. Brock; Chaminade; 6-1; 170; Sr.; Speed separates him.

Daniel Brown; Narbonne; 6-1; 175; Sr.; Makes interceptions.


Myles Bryant; Loyola; 5-9; 172; Sr.; Versatile, fast, tough.

Treyjohn Butler; Etiwanda; 5-11; 190; Sr.; Has committed to Stanford.

Jalen Cole; Mater Dei; 5-10; 170; Jr.; Can be one of the best.

Darien Cornay; Los Alamitos; 5-10; 179; Sr.; Back from an injury, was impressive in summer.

Micah Croom; La Mirada; 6-2; 190; Sr.; Has committed to Utah.

Marquel Dismuke; Calabasas; 6-1; 180; Sr.; Has committed to Nebraska.

Parie Dedeaux; Dorsey; 6-1; 180; Sr.; Has lots of speed.

Khalil Dorsey; Colony; 5-9; 165; Sr.; Had 11 interceptions.

Antonio Frazier; San Pedro; 6-2; 190; Sr.; One of the best in the Marine League.

Jamal Hicks; Narbonne; 6-3; 180; Sr.; Two-sport standout makes big tackles.

Dwayne Johnson; Vista Murrieta; 6-1; 185; Sr.; An athletic safety.

Marquis Lawson; Crenshaw; 5-9; 165; Sr.; One of the best in the City Section.

Dylan Laurent; Los Alamitos; 5-8; 155; Jr.; Defensive MVP at Estancia last season.

Jonathan Leonard; Rio Mesa; 6-1; 190; Sr.; Returning All-CIF player.

Dayshawn Littleton; Carson; 6-1; 180; Sr.; Safety had nearly 100 tackles.

Josh Madison; Calabasas; 6-0; 180; So.; Has speed, good hands.

Brandon McKinney; Orange Lutheran; 6-0; 180; Jr.; Was an impact player as a sophomore.

DJ Morgan; St. John Bosco; 6-3; 180; Sr.; Safety makes tackles.

Conor O'Brien; JSerra; 5-11; 165; Sr.; Top player on his team.

Ereon Nash; South East; 6-0; 170; Sr.; One of best in the Eastern League.

De'Andre Pierce; Long Beach Poly; 5-11; 175; Sr.; Making lots of improvement.

Zane Pope; Moorpark; 6-2; 180; Jr.; A versatile two-way player.

Jaylon Redd; Rancho Cucamonga; 5-9; 180; Jr.; A rising prospect.

Keyon Riley; Servite; 6-2; 190; Sr.; Can be a standout in the Trinity League.

Brenden Schooler; Mission Viejo; 6-3; 180; Sr.; Had six interceptions for Trabuco Hills.

Ben Sukut; Capistrano Valley Christian; 6-2; 190; Sr.; Versatile player had three interceptions.

Isaiah Thomas; Chaminade; 5-10; 165; Sr.; Makes plays, makes tackles.

Trenton Thompson; Palm Springs; 6-2; 200; Sr.; Hard-hitting safety.

Leni Toailoa; Carter; 6-1; 175; Sr.; Has committed to San Jose State.

Mykal Tolliver; St. John Bosco; 5-11; 180; Sr.; A cornerback who fears no one.

David Tolbert; Loyola; 5-9; 172; Sr.; Part of a talented secondary.

Chanco Ulloa; Corona Centennial 6-0; 190; Sr.; Tough, tough, tough.

Marquis Williams; Garfield; 6-0; 170; Sr.; Has lots of speed, talent.

Compiled by Eric Sondheimer