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August 14, 2013
On an annual basis, the Tidewater region produces a bevy of athletes capable of competing with the best across the nation. This coming season will be no exception as there are numerous standouts all over the talent-rich Hampton Roads area.
With the 2013 campaign quickly approaching, VirginiaPreps.com has decided to identify the players to watch at each position offensively and defensively at public schools throughout the '757' area code, listing them alphabetically by last name.
We'll continue our countdown now with Defensive Backs . . .
Quin Blanding, Bayside (2014) - - What has the #4 overall rated prospect in the country from the Class of 2014 committed to UVA not done? In his career, he's made 15 interceptions, racked up 111 tackles with five picks and three blocked kicks last year, and has 97 receptions for 1715 yards and 15TD's over the past two seasons. Not too shabby.
Jamez Brickhouse, Bayside (2015) - - Continuing the trend of excellent defensive backs from the Bayside program with UVA's Demetrious Nicholson, Anthony Cooper, soon to be Blanding, and others, Brickhouse has had some fine moments ever since being put into a starting role as a freshman. In two seasons, he's made seven interceptions, one of which he returned for a game-sealing touchdown, and BCS programs are noticing his skills.
Christian Byrum, Tallwood (2014) - - Described as a fierce striker from the safety position, Byrum overcame an injury early in his junior season to make 65 tackles, several of the bone-crunching variety. Rivals.com rates him as a three-star, and Byrum chose to play his College Football at ODU over offers from such BCS programs as Boston College, Duke, NC State, Syracuse and Wisconsin.
Aaron Chandler, Lake Taylor (2014) - - Transferring to the Titans from Booker T. Washington before last season, Chandler played a key role on defense and special teams for Lake Taylor as they won their first ever State Championship. While he's a smaller corner, Chandler battles well in one-on-one situations and has return man speed, finishing his junior year with nine pass breakups and a pair of interceptions, plus a long TD return
Lakwon Chapel, Oscar Smith (2014) - - When Rich Morgan's Tigers needed a corner to put on the other team's best wideout, Chapel was the guy without any hesitation and more times than not he came through in a major way. He holds an offer from Hampton University and is the type of corner willing to hit or make a play on the ball downfield.
Isaiah Fenner, Cox (2014) - - Isaiah is hoping to land somewhere at the next level like his two older brothers; Maurice, who went to JMU, and Chandler, who's in the NFL with the Seahawks after going to Holy Cross. Fenner has a quality work ethic, and may be on the verge of a breakout senior campaign as one of the leaders on defense from the secondary after showing flashes during his junior year.
Jordan Glover, Princess Anne (2014) - - A savvy defender that contributes heavily on the offensive side of the ball as well, Glover is one of the more experienced and talented players in the Princess Anne program with a fair amount of upside to boot. Hawaii has offered both him and his cousin, linebacker Aaron Glover, and an All-District season for each seems probable.
T.J. Griffin, Ocean Lakes (2015) - - Transferring to the Dolphins from Green Run before last season, Griffin was thrust into a starting role at cornerback right away and showed promise. Not the bigger of corners at 5-foot-8, 175-pounds, he has reasonably sound ball skills and won't back down against tall, athletic receivers in one-on-one situations.
Jaquan Jenkins, Denbigh (2014) - - While the Patriots have struggled mightily on defense lately, particularly against the run, Jenkins has been one of the few bright spots with his play on the back end. Just last season, he ranked among the Peninsula District and Eastern Region leaders in interceptions with seven.
DaiQuan Lawrence, Western Branch (2014) - - Set to play his College Football in the ACC at Wake Forest, Lawrence is widely considered one of the top cover corners around. Both long and lean, Lawrence will be able to will be able to add weight to his frame at the next level, and right now he does a good job of staying low in his backpedal and uses his lateral quickness effectively.
Nhyre Quinerly, Lake Taylor (2015) - - Aggressive and physical corners with a swagger are rare to find, but the Titans have one in Quinerly, who'll moved around in different spots in the secondary this year as a Rover type. As a sophomore, he posted 56 tackles, 24 passes defended and three interceptions, and earlier this summer he pulled in a BCS offer from the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten.
Robbie Robinson, Phoebus (2016) - - A highly talented young corner, Robinson started right away as a freshman for the Phantoms and held his own when faced up against upperclassmen around the area. Robinson is technically sound and athletic on the outside, so much so that schools like Akron, Michigan, ODU and UVA are recruiting him before his sophomore season even commences.
Marcus Van Hook, Heritage (2015) - - Coach George Massenburg calls Van Hook, someone starting at safety for the third year in a row, "very, very special." A versatile two-sport athlete that also excels in basketball, Van Hook has wonderful athleticism and is developing into more of a leader for a Hurricanes team expecting bigger and better things.
Others in the Mix:
One player who wasn't in the top group yet that will probably find his way up there by season's end or definitely when the start of the 2014 campaign rolls around his Ocean Lakes defensive back Levontae Taylor (2016), a speed merchant with skills that translate well to either side of the ball. Already with an offer from ODU, Taylor figures to turn some heads in the future.
Randy Bagley (2014) from Wilson has a few plays on his highlight tape that look better than ordinary. If he's able to parlay that into a bunch of them throughout the course of his senior season, then there's a reasonable chance someone at the next level takes a gamble on him.
Sophomore Wayne Davis of Lake Taylor appears to be a budding star. All off-season long, Davis has been one of the better defensive backs at camps and combines, and in passing league he stayed with wide receivers hip-to-hip from the corner spot.
Booker T. Washington has been no stranger to producing defensive backs with next-level potential, such as Antoine Thompson who went to Nevada and even the speedy Lafayette Smallwood just a couple of years ago. Douglas Butts (2015) is their next standout in the secondary, and the Bookers have the confidence in his game to leave him on an island at times.
Six-foot-2, 180-pound free safety Kashawn Lynch (2014) from Kecoughtan is an unheralded talent who ranked among the region leaders in interceptions a season ago. He was chosen Second Team All-PD last year.
Junior defensive back TyQuan Weston of King's Fork flew under the radar playing alongside Virginia Tech's Charles Clark, a two-time Southeastern District Defensive Player of the Year, and ECU's Davon Grayson in the Bulldogs' secondary last fall. By the end of 2013, he'll be a name better known by all football followers in Hampton Roads, not just folks in the city of Suffolk.
Kentory Matthews (2014) from Tallwood has what it takes to be a late bloomer for the Lions. Whether it's on offense running the ball or defensively covering, he can make a handful of positive things happen.
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