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August 14, 20136.) Alijah Holder, Oceanside Sr.
Possessing rare speed and quickness for a 6-foot-1 cornerback, Holder has the potential to develop into an excellent collegiate defensive player. He''s able to run stride-for-stride with some of the fastest receivers around, and his size and leaping ability allow him to make a play on the football once he's in position. The biggest thing keeping Holder from being a star is his lack of muscle mass. Despite being one of the tallest cornerbacks around, Holder is listed at 155 pounds. That might be fine for high school but will leave the three-star recruit open to injury at the next level. A college weight room will do wonders for the Oceanside star, who committed to Stanford earlier this year.
7.) Malik Cyphers, Oaks Christian Sr.
The Lions' leading playmaker in the secondary from a season ago, Cyphers picked off three passes as a junior. The 5-foot-10 defensive back has very good quickness and technique, and flashes the ability to shadow receivers all over the field. He's not the fastest player in a sprint, but has good football speed and closes in a hurry. Cyphers needs to add weight to his slight frame to be more of a factor in the running game, but he has the potential for growth in that area. Several big schools are interested in the three-star prospect, but Cyphers will need to get off to a good start this season to secure a big-time offer.
8.) Jace Whittaker, Oceanside Sr.
The second piece to the Pirates' vaunted cornerback tandem, Whittaker has very good quickness and the ball skills of a receiver. He shows the ability to read the quarterback's eyes and bait bad throws. He's also more physical than would be expected, and can deliver the big hit to jar a receiver from a football. He's also got experience at safety, enhancing his value. Whittaker's backpedal technique can be very sloppy, and he'll need to work on that at the next level. The three-star recruit committed to Arizona earlier this summer.
9.) Maurice McKnight, Arroya Valley Sr.
A good all-around cornerback with good size, McKnight has a chance to be a solid player on the outside at the next level. The 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback is able to match up with most types of receivers thanks to his quickness and length, making McKnight a valuable commodity when it comes to playing the matchup game. The Arroyo Valley star committed to San Jose State a couple of weeks ago.
10.) Ladarius Wiley, Los Angeles Cathedral Sr.
Spending a good chunk of time at receiver last season, Wiley projects best as a defensive back at the next level. The rangy 6-foot-2 prospect shows above average quickness for a player his size, and is able to press receivers at the line and play bump-and-run coverage. He needs some work on his backpedal and can have trouble sticking close to receivers with elite quickness, and might be a good fit at safety. His size ball skills make him an intriguing defensive back prospect, however. Northwestern, Nevada, Fresno State and Cal Poly have all offered the three-star prospect.
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