This is the “island” position, where nobody wants to be left behind, watching wide receivers wheeling down the sideline for touchdowns.
These are azcentral sports’ top 10 cornerbacks for the 2018 Arizona high school football season.
No. 1 Kelee Ringo, Scottsdale Saguaro, 6-2, 192, Jr.
He has a five-star ranking is the No. 1-ranked cornerback in the nation in 247Sports composite. And to think he came to Saguaro from Washington state last summer, thinking he would just play receiver.
No. 2 Javin Wright, Chandler Hamilton, 6-3, 195, Sr.
Another long corner who can maneuver the field quickly and get in front of passes to break them up. He is bigger than his dad, Toby Wright, who ended up with a pretty good football career at cornerback coming out of Mesa Dobson, playing at Nebraska and in the NFL. This year, Toby will be coaching him as a position coach under head coach Mike Zdebski.
No. 3 Brandon Shivers, Saguaro, 6-1, 175, Sr.
He had major colleges all over him, before committing this summer to San Diego State. With Ringo and manning the corners, Saguaro’s secondary is off-the-charts talented.
No. 4 Lacarea Pleasant-Johnson,6-2, 180, Phoenix Mountain Pointe, Sr.
He is a three-star with offers from the likes of Nebraska, Iowa State, Utah and Missouri. His speed sets him apart. He has the length, as well, to cover big receivers. A physical, quick corner who can change the game.
No. 5 Tashumbrae “Scooter” Brown Jr., 5-9, 180, Gilbert Williams Field, Sr.
He transferred in the spring from San Marcos, Texas, where he alternated from free safety to corner and had 85 tackles and two interceptions. His versatility in the a loaded secondary will make Williams Field tough to throw against.
No. 6 Kieran Clark, Peoria Centennial, 6-0, 185, Sr.
He became a hot recruiting prospect during track when he blazed his trails with fast times. He has the skill set to make himself a major player in Centennial’s plans to repeat as 5A state champs.
No. 7 David Eppinger, Chandler, 5-11, 180, Sr.
He transferred from Gilbert Perry, which finished second to Chandler last season in the 6A state playoffs. Eppinger started on varsity his first three years at Perry. It’s uncertain whether he will miss any of the season provided he has a hardship. But he could make a difference the second half of the season when the Wolves typically peak.
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No. 8 Denzel Burke, Phoenix Brophy Prep, 5-11, 160, So.
He started on varsity as a freshman and had 25 tackles, an interceptions and two pass break-ups. He is a lot better now and will likely see a lot of time on offense at receiver.
No. 9 Shaq Daniels, Mesa Red Mountain, 6-0, 170, Sr.
He had 26 tackles and three interceptions last season. He will play another big role on a tough defense. He is quick with great ball skills and isn’t afraid to dig in and make the hit.
No. 10 Jaiden Hayes, Phoenix South Mountain, 5-10, 175, Sr.
Hayes is a leader on and off the field and will be counted on to play an even greater role after having a solid junior season with 64 tackles and an interception. He will probably see time at running back, so Hayes has worked hard to make this a special season.