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The Opening 2013: Defensive backs battle receivers

Who will prove to be the best DB in Beaverton, Ore.?

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The nation's best defensive back recruits gather at Nike's The Opening to battle against the best receivers in the country. Who will prove to be a shutdown corner or a safety with elite range? The answers will come from this group.

DB Jamal Adams (@ThaJudgeKO), 6-0, 198
Carrollton (Texas) Hebron
Adams picked off five passes as a junior and collected 80 tackles from his safety spot. He will be a four year varsity starter and has college offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Florida State, Iowa, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and West Virginia.

DB Kavin Alexander (@kavinnManee), 5-8.5, 180
North Little Rock, Ark.
Alexander has been on the national radar since he recorded the highest SPARQ Rating at the 2012 Dallas NFTC with a 129.24. At this year's camp he opened eyes with a 148.17 rating, the second highest ever recorded. He has the ability to play corner or safety and had two INTs as a junior with 43 tackles and a blocked punt. Alexander currently has no offers, but expect that to change soon. His early favorites include Arkansas, where his cousin Darren McFadden played, as well as Alabama, Georgia Tech, LSU and Oklahoma State.

DB Terrence Alexander (@Terrence_9), 5-9.5, 175
River Ridge (La.) John Curtis
Alexander showcased his athletic ability at the Memphis NFTC when he ran a 4.45 in the 40, jumped 35.8 inches in the vertical and recorded a 105.54 SPARQ Rating. As a junior he had four INTs and 17 pass break ups. He has over 20 offers including Arizona, Arkansas, ASU, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Houston, Indiana, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ole Miss, Stanford, Tennessee, Tulane, Vanderbilt and Washington State.

DB Budda Baker (@buddabaker32), 5-9, 175
Bellevue, Wash.
Considered by most as the top recruit in Washington, he earned Class 3A All-State honors after recording 81 tackles and picking off six passes (returning two for TDs). On offense he averaged 16 yards per carry and 26 yards per catch with a total of 19 scores. He's been offered by all of the Pac 12 except Stanford as well as Boise State and Notre Dame with Oregon, UCLA and Washington being early favorites.

DB Quin Blanding (@TakeOver_7), 6-2, 205
Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside
Blanding made 111 tackles with five INTs to earn The Beach District Defensive Player of the Year. He also had 1,035 yards at wide receiver with six TDs to lead the Eastern Region in receiving. Blanding will stay instate to play at the next level as he committed to Virginia over offers from Florida State, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

DB John Bonney (@JBonney_4), 6-0, 185
Houston (Texas) Lamar
Bonney has 30 offers including Auburn, Baylor, Cal, Cincinnati, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Houston, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford, TCU, Texas, UCLA and Virginia.

DB Tony Brown (@JustDoit_TB), 6-0, 190
Beaumont (Texas) Ozen
He was a Class 4A honorable mention All-State selection as a junior and has college offers from Alabama, Illinois, LSU, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas, Texas A&M and USC.

DB Duke Dawson (@NoFLYZoNeDawson), 5-11, 197
Cross City (Fla.) Dixie Co.
Dawson had 43 tackles and two INTs last season. He committed to Florida over offers from Florida State, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (@minkfitz_21), 5-11.5, 185 (Class of '15)
Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep
Fitzpatrick is one of the top underclassmen in the East and already has offers from Miami, Ohio State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia and Wisconsin. A two-way threat, he had 21 tackles and two INTs as a sophomore and ran for nearly 500 yards with five scores for a program that has produced several BCS caliber recruits. At the New Jersey NFTC, he ran a 4.16 in the shuttle and jumped 32.8 inches in the vertical.

DB Kyle Gibson (@K_Gibson_G), 5-11.5, 170
Seffner (Fla.) Armwood
Gibson had 65 tackles, four INTs, four forced fumbles and three sacks as an athletic, aggressive strong safety. College offers include Notre Dame, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Michigan State, Louisville and Florida as well as several other in-state programs.

DB Wesley Green (@WGreen_4), 5-11, 170
Lithonia (Ga.) M.L. King
He earned Class 6A All-Region honors as a junior. He committed to South Carolina over offers that included Auburn, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Penn State, Syracuse, and Tennessee

DB Naijiel Hale (@YoungNateDogg), 5-11, 175
Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Son of recording artist Nate Dogg, Hale has been on the map since his sophomore year when he was a All-State pick. He was invited after the L.A. NFTC where he impressed coaches with his quick feet and hips. College offers include Arizona, Boise State, Cal, Nebraska, Washington State and Wisconsin.

DB C.J. Hampton (@_Hamp4dEM), 6-0.5, 195
Meridian, Miss.
Hampton was a Class 6A All-State pick as a junior after making 48 tackles and picking off three passes. Carrying a 3.7 GPA, he has offers from Stanford and Mississippi State but committed early to Ole Miss.

DB Chris Hardeman (@Chris_Hardeman1), 5-7.5, 190
Houston (Texas) Alief Taylor
Hardeman was a 18-5A All-District pick as a junior when he recorded 51 tackles and 22 pass deflections. His father, Cedric, is an assistant coach at Alief Taylor. Chris made his college choice official when he committed to LSU over Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech.

DB Treon Harris (@t5_harris), 5-10.5, 185
Miami (Fla.) B.T. Washington
Harris was a Class 4A All-State pick after leading Washington to a Class 4A state title. Harris passed for 2,576 yards and 33 TDs with only seven INTs while rushing for another 751 yards and 15 scores. Invited after the Miami NFSC where he had a 92.61 SPARQ Rating, his college offers include Arizona, Boston College, Central Florida, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Marshall, Ole Miss and South Florida.

DB Adoree' Jackson (@AdoreeKnows), 5-9.5, 170
Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Despite teams not throwing his direction much, Jackson still had five interceptions and was a threat as a receiver and punt returner. He has close to 30 offers including most of the Pac 12 and lists Alabama, LSU, Oregon, UCLA and USC as early favorites.

DB Derwin James Jr. (@derwinjames6), 6-2, 200 (Class of '15)
Auburndale, Fla.
James will be a junior this season and impressed at the Orlando NFTC where he ran a 4.66 in the 40, recorded a 35.1 and dominated the one-on-one drills to earn All-Camp Team honors. A Class 5A Honorable Mention All-State player, he has already committed to Florida State.

DB Chris Lammons (@CL1_Era), 5-9.5, 170
Plantation, Fla.
Lammons was All-Broward County last year playing mostly at cornerback. Quick and explosive, he has a 35 inch vertical and has received offers from instate powers Florida, Florida State and Miami as well as Alabama and Ohio State.

DB Jonathan Lockett (@Jlock_21), 5-11, 170
Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Lockett was a Junior All-State selection after making 42 tackles, seven INTs and scoring seven touchdowns on offense and special teams. He has offers from several Pac 12 schools such as Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington as well as Boise State, Notre Dame and San Jose State.

DB Iman Marshall, 6-0.5, 185 (Class of '15)
Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Marshall already has offers from a dozen schools including Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Tennessee, Washington, UCLA and USC. Playing for one of the perennial top talent-producing high schools in the country, he was selected as a Sophomore All-State pick in 2012.

DB Trey Marshall (@Marshall_Era21), 5-11, 195
Lake City (Fla.) Columbia
Marshall earned Class 6A All-State honors at strong safety where he had 60 tackles, six pass breakups, three INTs and three forced fumbles. He has offers from a dozen programs including Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Miami, Ole Miss, South Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

DB Mattrell McGraw (@MattrellMcGraw), 5-10, 175
River Ridge (La.) John Curtis
McGraw made the Memphis NFTC All-Camp Team after impressing coaches with coverage skills. He totaled 65 tackles and four interceptions as a junior and few in the country have seen such as meteoric recruiting rise this spring as McGraw, who now has over three dozen offers including favorites such as Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Florida State, Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA and USC.

DB Edward Paris (@323Eddie_P), 6-0, 200
Arlington (Texas) Mansfield Timberview
Paris received several major honors last season including MaxPreps Junior All-American, AP Class 5A All-State and Ft. Worth Star-Telegram Super Team. Paris accounted for seven interceptions (two for TDs) and 37 tackles with eight passes broken up last year. He has verballed to LSU with other offers coming from Clemson, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and West Virginia.

DB John Plattenburg (@ITS_PLATTnum), 5-10, 175
Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Plattenburg was the Defensive Back MVP at the Oakland NFTC and earned All-Camp honors. As a junior he made 71 tackles with five interceptions. Plattenburg has 15 offers including favorites like Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor and Washington.

DB Adarius Pickett (@YoungPickett_8), 5-11, 175
El Cerrito, Calif.
A second team Junior All-State pick on the field and a 3.7 GPA student in the classroom, he has offers from Arizona State, Cal, Nebraska, Nevada, Northwestern, Purdue, San Diego State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Utah State and Virginia.

DB Brandon Simmons (@GoldenMongoose2), 6-1, 185
Arlington (Texas) Mansfield Timberview
Simmons traveled from Texas to attend the Oakland NFTC in large part so he could visit where he will play his college ball: Stanford. He has a 4.2 GPA and on the football field had 101 tackles as a junior to earn All-District 7-5A honors.

DB Arrion Springs (@A_Springs4), 5-11.5, 190
San Antonio (Texas) Roosevelt
At the Dallas NFTC he showed off his athleticism as he ran a 4.49 in the 40 and a 4.04 shuttle as part of a 113.76 SPARQ Rating. An All-District selection as a junior when he made 65 tackles and intercepted four passes, the Texan has college offers from more than a dozen schools including Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Clemson, Houston, Kansas, Mississippi State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt.

DB M.J. Stewart (@PhillyBoy_Marv), 5-11, 190
Arlington (Va.) Yorktown
Stewart was a Class AAA All-State pick because of his prolific stats on both sides of the ball: at running back he rushed for 1,842 yards with 28 TDs and also had 323 yards receiving and four more scores. As a defensive back Steward recorded 52 tackles and 10 INTs. In addition, he also had three punt returns for scores. He has offers from several favorites including Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

DB Dylan Sumner-Gardner (@_TheRealDSG), 6-1, 195
Mesquite (Texas) West Mesquite
He was selected All-District 10-4A last season and has committed to Texas A&M over offers from Auburn, Clemson, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and TCU.

DB Jalen Tabor (Twitter), 6-1, 190
Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate
Tabor was a MaxPreps Jr. All-American and Washington Post All-Metro honoree after not allowing a single completion all year. He has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and several others.

DB Troy Vincent, 5-9, 190
Baltimore (Md.) Gilman
Vincent is the son of former NFL All-Pro Troy Vincent and chose Penn State over offers including Arizona State, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Pitt, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

DB C.J. Reavis (@C_Reavis11), 6-0.5, 200
Chester (Va.) Thomas Dale
Reavis recorded 107 tackles, 17 pass breakups, three sacks and two interceptions last year and emerged from a strong pack of DB's at the DC NFTC to take home an Opening invite. Reavis has committed to Virginia Tech over offers from Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Vanderbilt and Virginia among others.

DB Jaleel Wadood (@OGLeel_2), 5-10, 165
Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Wadood was a Junior All-State selection as a junior when he recorded 50 tackles and an interception and added six touchdowns on offense. He made the L.A. NFTC All-Camp team and has pulled in offers from USC, UCLA, ASU, Arizona Boise State, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon State and Vandebilt.

DB Ronald Walker (@RonaldWalkerD1), 6-1, 185
Jackson (Miss.) Callaway
Walker committed to Ole Miss in December so he may not have gotten the publicity of some recruits, but the safety/outside linebacker prospect showed why he's SEC bound during his junior year when he recorded 80 tackles, including 12 for loss, four sacks and four forced fumbles. At the Memphis Nike Football Training Camp he ran a 4.67 in the 40 and recorded a 34.7 vertical.

DB Armani Watts (Twitter), 5-10.5, 180
Forney (Texas) North Forney
Watts was a All-District 10-4A selection and went both sides of the ball, scoring nine TDs rushing and catching the ball with 22 tackles on defense. He starred in the one-on-one drills at the Dallas NFTC and has announced he will play at Texas A&M despite offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Clemson, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa and UCLA.

DB Damon Webb (@DameWebb), 5-10, 175
Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech
He was a two-way standout scoring seven TDs as a receiver and picking off seven passes on defense. Webb will cross state borders to play at Ohio State, who he chose over other offers from major schools such as Illinois, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

DB Kendarius Webster (@d1_kendarius), 5-10.5, 175
Stockbridge, Ga.
Webster was one of the stars at the Atlanta NFTC where he shined in the one-on-one drills and also tested well with a 4.41 in the 40, a 34.2 inch vertical and a 97.68 SPARQ Rating. He is also a track standout--running the 100 and 400 meters--and has 20 offers for football including Arkansas, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Vanderbilt.

DB Quincy Wilson (@DC_WILSON954), 6-1, 200
Ft Lauderdale (Fla.) University School
Wilson was a 2nd Team All-Broward County 5A pick as a junior after making 40 tackles and recording one INT. He has close to 40 offers including Arizona, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Rutgers, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M, West Virginia, UCLA and USC.