The Opening 2014 Watch List – Defensive Backs

Minkah Fitzpatrick The Opening on July 2, 2013 at the Nike World Headquarters  in Portland, Oregon.

With the Journey to The Opening 2014 set to begin February 1st in New Jersey, it’s time to take a look at the 2015 prospects who’ve popped up on the radar of the Student Sports staff and college coaches around the country.  All week long we’ll be releasing position-by-position watch lists of the top 2015 prospects for The Opening 2014.  These players, plus many others, will continue to be evaluated at Nike Football CombinesNike Football Training Camps, and most importantly, on tape, with selections beginning February 1st at the New Jersey NFSC. Next up, the defensive backs: 

Tyrek Cole (Miramar, FL) 5-10, 165
The Miramar football program has turned into a South Florida DB factory and Cole is the next in line. Cole had 26 tackles, 22 passes deflected and an interception as a junior.
Shaun Crawford (St. Edwards, Lakewood, OH) 5-9, 170
A threat on both sides of the ball, Crawford had 82 tackles and 2 INT's at corner with over 1,000 yards rushing and receiving on offense.
Minkah Fitzpatrick (St.Peter's Prep, Jersey City, NJ) 6-0, 183
Fitzpatrick rode the momentum from a strong showing at The Opening as an underclassmen into an All-American junior season where he had 62 tackles and 4 INT's on defense to go along with 14 touchdowns on offense.
Derwin James 6-2, 200 (Auburndale, FL)
The Student Sports Junior All-American ran a 4.52 40 and jumped 35 inches on the way to All-Tournament team honors at The Opening last summer. The Florida State commit will look to make his 2nd straight Opening appearance this spring.
Iman " Biggie" Marshall (Long Beach Poly, Long Beach, CA) 6-0, 175
Marshall has the size and athleticism to play almost any position on defense. You could plug him in at corner, nickel, safety or linebacker. With teams avoiding him like the plague as a junior, he had 64 tackles and 1 INT.
Kendrell McFadden 6-2, 185 (McArthur, Hollywood, FL)
McFadden made his presence known after an elite performance as a freshman at the 2012 Nike Football Training Camps. Once you turn the tape on you can’t help but be impressed by how quickly he finds the football. Has elite hips for a tall player and impresses with his aggressiveness in the box as a strong safety at the high school level.
Tarvarus McFadden (American Heritage, Plantation, FL) 6-2, 190
Showed the frame and instincts to be a big-time defensive back last years at the Miami NFTC, and carried that over into a big junior season that culminated with him being named to the Orlando Sun-Sentinel's All-Broward County team.
Stanley Norman (Serra, Gardena CA) 5-10, 160
Norman, who was a two-way starter for Culver City this past season, will play his senior year at perennial power, Serra. Coach Altenburg will look for him to fill the void left by The Opening alum Adoree' Jackson, a role in which Norman should thrive.
Donovan Sheffield (Ensworth, Nashville, TN) 5-11, 170
The early Vanderbilt commit showed out at the Memphis NFTC, displaying quick feet and excellent hips and is a great fit for the cornerback position. Strong season by both Sheffield and his Ensworth squad was rewarded when Sheffield brought home All-State honors.
Deionte Thompson 6-1, 175 (West Orange-Stark, Orange, TX)
Thompson committed early on to Alabama, but that hasn't kept other college programs from entering the picture. Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M are all working hard to swing him their way after a 5 interception and 700 yard receiving junior season.
First
Last
Ht.
Wt.
School
City
State
JordanAdams6-1160FranklinReistertownMD
JohnAgnew6-0193St. Louis PriorySt. LouisMO
A.J.Alexander6-2215Lake BraddockBurkeVA
KareemAli Jr.5-11165Timber CreekSicklervilleNJ
UgoAmadi5-9180OvertonNashvilleTN
AveryAnderson6-0165Pine CreekColorado SpringsCO
ZayneAnderson6-2180StansburyStansbury ParkUT
DeangeloAntoine5-9165Oak RidgeOrlandoFL
DionteAustin5-11150Calvert HallBaltimoreMD
DerrickBaity6-0160PlantTampaFL
DeandreBaker5-10160NorthwesternMiamiFL
ChrisBarr5-10165Trinity ChristianJacksonvilleFL
BenBascom5-9165ApopkaApopkaFL
KeiBeckham5-11160Trotwood-MadisonTrotwoodOH
MikalBest6-2190Wilmer-HutchinsHutchinsTX
TreBetts5-11180PageSand SpringsOK
HenryBlack5-11176WoodlawnShreveportLA
TylerBlack5-8172OaklandMurfreesboroTN
DaronBowles5-11185ShilohSnellvilleGA
DesmonBowles6-0185ShilohSnellvilleGA
KrisBoyd6-1175GilmerGilmerTX
JamariBozeman6-2170SuncoastRiviera BeachFL
RobertBranch Jr.6-1185GilmanBaltimoreMD
CalvinBrewton6-0164Miami CentralMiamiFL
JamezBrickhouse5-8160BaysideVirginia BeachVA
GeorgeBrister6-2185CovingtonCovingtonLA
J.K.Britt6-0185NewnanNewnanGA
KhalilBrooks5-9175MaysAtlantaGA
NateBrooks6-0150WhitehouseWhitehouseTX
FrankBuncom6-1181St. AugustineSan DiegoCA
ShawnBurgess-Becker6-1190MonarchCoconut CreekFL
JoshButler5-11165West MesquiteMesquiteTX
DesmondCain5-11180American HeritageDelray BeachFL
JalenCampbell5-10175Flour BluffCorpus ChristiTX
EliasCane5-7150Ezell-HardingAntiochTN
RashardCausey Jr.5-10175St. Thomas AquinasFort LauderdaleFL
KalebChalmers5-11170GreenwoodGreenwoodSC
JalenChristian5-10170DamascusDamascusMD
MichaelChurch5-10160ElyriaElyriaOH
TysonCisrow5-10185St. Thomas AquinasFort LauderdaleFL
TyrekCole5-10165MiramarMiramarFL
BrianCole II6-2205HeritageSaginawMI
AaronCovington5-9175ArmwoodSeffnerFL
ShaunCrawford5-9170St. EdwardLakewoodOH
MontrellCustis6-0175LovejoyHamptonGA
HunterDale6-0175John CurtisRiver RidgeLA
CarltonDavis6-2180Miami NorlandMiamiFL
ChuckDavis5-8160Broad RunAshburnVA
DavanteDavis6-1185HomesteadHomesteadFL
VonDavis5-11170Mount DoraMount DoraFL
JamelDean6-1185CocoaCocoaFL
MarquiseDoherty6-1201WinnetonkaKansas CityMO
JustinDunning6-3190WhitehouseWhitehouseTX
BenEdwards5-11192Trinity ChristianJacksonvilleFL
MehdiEl Attrach6-0185Lake NonaOrlandoFL
MalikEugene5-9165AcadianaLafayetteLA
QuinnFabrizio6-3190AltaSandyUT
DeontaFair6-0176University SchoolFort LauderdaleFL
ArringtonFarrar6-2200Woodward AcademyCollege ParkGA
NateFerguson5-9170GaitherTampaFL
NiccoFertitta5-9165Bishop GormanLas VegasNV
MarkFields II5-11187HoughCorneliusNC
MinkahFitzpatrick6-0185St. PeterÕs PrepJersey CityNJ
ChrisFobbs6-0185MiamisburgMiamisburgOH
ChristopherFredrick6-1190Cedar GroveEllenwoodGA
KareemGibson5-10165JohnstownJohnstownPA
EricGlover-Williams5-11165McKinleyCantonOH
TylerGreen6-3185De MathaHyattsvilleMD
StephenGriffin6-3195South MecklenburgCharlotteNC
ChandlerGumbs6-1175Stellar PrepHaywardCA
RonnieHarrison6-2195FloridaTallahasseeFL
KahlilHaughton6-1170MidwayWacoTX
JaylinnHawkins5-11175Buena ParkBuena ParkCA
KevinHenry6-1200CentralBaton RougeLA
HoltonHill6-2170LamarHoustonTX
JeffreyHill5-8165MiramarMiramarFL
RonnieHoggins5-9170MonarchCoconut CreekFL
DechaunHoliday6-2195Mission HillsSan MarcosCA
TerryHoward5-10170OviedoOviedoFL
MaxwellHowell6-2193Seminole RidgeLoxahatcheeFL
MikeHughes5-10160New BernNew BernNC
ChristianIrving5-10195American HeritagePlantationFL
DreJackson5-10175LakesideEvansGA
MelliekJackson5-11185Champagnat CatholicHialeahFL
DerwinJames Jr.6-3200Haines CityHaines CityFL
DenzelJohnson6-1181FloraColumbiaSC
DuwayneJohnson6-0155H.D. WoodsonWashingtonDC
HarrisonJohnson5-9155Trotwood-MadisonTrotwoodOH
JaquanJohnson5-10175KillianMiamiFL
KamÕronJohnson5-11205TempeTempeAZ
KerryonJohnson6-1190Madison AcademyMadisonAL
OctavisJohnson6-0176Clinch CountyHomervilleGA
TyshawnJohnson6-0160LakewoodSumterSC
JamileJohnson Jr.6-2175South Oak CliffDallasTX
ElijahJones5-10170UplandUplandCA
DylanKane6-3190KamehamehaHonoluluHI
JohnKelly5-11190Oak ParkOak ParkMI
TyreeKinnel5-11185WayneHuber HeightsOH
RichieKittles6-0170StranahanFort LauderdaleFL
RobertKnowles6-0180Miami EdisonMiamiFL
DayanLake5-10185NorthridgeLaytonUT
JaylonLane6-2170San Angelo CentralSan AngeloTX
IsaiahLangley6-0170FoothillPleasantonCA
EricLee6-0175Valor ChristianHighlands RanchCO
MarcusLewis6-2180GonzagaWashingtonDC
XavierLewis5-11175East St. JohnReserveLA
JamesLocke III5-11180Beaumont CentralBeaumontTX
NafeesLyon5-9165Mallard CreekCharlotteNC
ImanMarshall6-1195Long Beach PolyLong BeachCA
TaeonMason6-0165MuirPasadenaCA
JeremyMcDuffie6-0175ShilohSnellvilleGA
KendrellMcFadden6-2185MiramarMiramarFL
TarvarusMcFadden6-2195American HeritagePlantationFL
RicoMcGraw6-0180EnsworthNashvilleTN
PrenticeMcKinney6-3183South Oak CliffDallasTX
MarkMcLaurin6-2200CollinsCollinsMS
DarrienMcNair6-3205Trinity CatholicOcalaFL
JuantezMcRae5-10170Calvert HallBaltimoreMD
JuantezMcRae5-10175Calvert HallBaltimoreMD
DarrellMiller5-11180Cedar HillCedar HillTX
MiccoMills5-11175WilsonvilleWilsonvilleOR
DarrienMolton5-10165ChaparralTemeculaCA
DakariMonroe5-11175Archbishop MittySan JoseCA
TannerMuse6-3205South PointBelmontNC
PatrickNelson6-1195Hales FranciscanChicagoIL
StanleyNorman5-10165SerraGardenaCA
TymeonOllison5-8160BuchtelAkronOH
CameronOrdway5-11158Giles CountyPulaskiTN
AntonioParks5-9165East St. JohnReserveLA
KhanePass6-0200CarverColumbusGA
JamalPeters6-3200BassfieldBassfieldMS
DevinPhelps6-1170St. Frances AcademyBaltimoreMD
KameronPowell5-11180UplandUplandCA
DehlonPreston5-9170CentralFresnoCA
LarryPryor6-0190Sulphur SpringsSulphur SpringsTX
RyanPulley6-0185RiverdaleFort MyersFL
NhyreQuinerly5-11180Lake TaylorNorfolkVA
KeivonRamsey6-1165JudsonConverseTX
DeShawnRaymond6-1175East JeffersonMetairieLA
HunterRegister6-4185ComeauxLafayetteLA
JohnReid5-10180St. JosephÕsPhiladelphiaPA
MookReynolds6-0175Northern GuilfordGreensboroNC
GeraldRobinson5-10180Champagnat CatholicHialeahFL
DominiqueRoseboro6-0180CrestShelbyNC
RomelloRoss5-10175WesternDetroitMI
RashadRoundtree6-2185LakesideEvansGA
TrevonSands5-11170SouthwestMiamiFL
CarsonShaw5-10190Lawrence CountyLawrenceburgTN
JohnnyShaw6-2188CenterCenterTX
DonovanSheffield5-11171EnsworthNashvilleTN
KendallSheffield6-0175Thurgood MarshallMissouri CityTX
DukeShelley5-9165TuckerTuckerGA
JusticeShelton-Mosley5-11165Capital ChristianSacramentoCA
AntonioShenault5-10170Lake ParkRoselleIL
SimbaShort6-2185De La SalleConcordCA
JarMarkusSims6-1210DothanDothanAL
TysonSmith5-11175St. MaryÕsOrchard LakeMI
VanSmith5-11180West MecklenburgCharlotteNC
MauriceSmitherman5-10170MinorAdamsvilleAL
AntonyoSotolongo6-0175Gulliver PrepMiamiFL
JustinSpencer5-10180OviedoOviedoFL
JihreeStewart5-11175CentennialCoronaCA
JayStocker6-2185CoatesvilleCoatesvillePA
OmariStringer6-4185Crete-MoneeCreteIL
WillSunderland6-2185Midwest CityMIdwest CityOK
GarrettTaylor6-1185St. ChristopherÕsRichmondVA
JarekTaylor5-9187Bob JonesMadisonAL
JoshTeachey5-11170McDonoughPomfretMD
MarvellTell6-1180CrespiEncinoCA
DeionteThompson6-1170West Orange-StarkOrangeTX
JalenThompson5-11170St. PaulÕs EpiscoplMobileAL
JuanThornhill6-1175AltavistaAltavistaVA
MarvinTillman6-0165SouthernDurhamNC
JordanTolbert5-10155Ridge PointMissouri CityTX
KevinToliver6-2182Trinity ChristianJacksonvilleFL
JustinTranquill5-11180CarrollFort WayneIN
EvanTyler6-2180RooseveltEastvaleCA
JacoreyWalker6-0155WagnerSan AntonioTX
MarcusWalker6-0175Lake WalesLake WalesFL
TomasWard5-11165DeLandDeLandFL
QuincyWatts5-10160Ocean LakesVirginia BeachVA
AshtonWhite5-11175Friendship Collegiate AcademyWashingtonDC
JordanWhitehead5-10165Central ValleyMonacaPA
AaronWilliams5-10175CarverAtlantaGA
DeontaiWilliams6-1185Trinity ChristianJacksonvilleFL
DomeniqueWilliams5-7155West MecklenburgCharlotteNC
MykeltiWilliams5-11200Warren CentralIndianapolisIN
MalikWisdom5-9180McArthurHollywoodFL
IsadoreWood5-11185Admiral Farragut AcademySaint PetersburgFL
ChrisYoung6-2185MiamisburgMiamisburgOH
JalenYoung5-11185Seminole RidgeLoxahatcheeFL
ChadZallow5-9155John F. KennedyWarrenOH

Other Watch Lists:
Offensive Line
Defensive Line
Running Backs
Linebackers
Wide Receivers

Note:  To be considered for an invite to the 2014 Nike Football Training Camps and The Opening, please send junior film and a coaches’ recommendation to:

– Eugene Jackson (Cornerbacks) – eugene@studentsports.com
– Michael Fletcher (Linebackers & Safeties) – fletcher@studentsports.com
– Brian Stumpf (Skill Positions – West, Southeast Regions) – brian@studentsports.com
– Michael White (Skill Positions- Midwest, Northeast Regions) – michael@studentsports.com
– Todd Huber (Linemen) – todd@studentsports.com

Updated: January 23, 2014

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