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Romeo Dunham (South Charleston) 2020
Sincere Sinclair (Wheeling Park) 2021
Isaac Isabell (George Washington) 2020
Jehronimo Mitchell (Huntington) 2020
#5 Karrington Hill
Hill cemented himself as a vital part of the very talented Capital secondary as a junior. The rising senior possesses some unteachable qualities such as awesome length and vertical movement. He has developing hip mobility and ball skills as well as a noticeably increasing burst on the ball. Hill appeared to show up in the biggest of games against teams with talented receivers like Hedgesville and Huntington. Hill will be one of the best pure cornerbacks in AAA, no doubt.
#4 Kerion Martin
Martin arrives for his senior year as one of the more touted prospects around the state. Incredibly talented both as a receiver and defensive back, he would be highly ranked either way. His great height and size accompanied by solid athleticism puts him in positions to not just outmuscle or outjump players but to outrun them as well. We expect his agility to develop and catch up to his other strengths. We are certain to see some big hits and takeaways caused by him this season.
#3 Blake Hartman
Hartman should be known to every AAA team around the state by now being first team all-state as freshman and sophomore (extremely rare). With his amazing offensive production as well as special teams play, we believe his elite defensive ability gets overlooked. As a safety, he is a contender for the hardest hitter in the state. Talk about planting the foot and getting downhill. He is a great alley player and is pretty good in space. His youthful movement allows him to close windows in the pass game too. Hartman rises as perhaps the best two-way player in the entire state and the big dog for Musselman as only a junior.
#2 Teddy Marshall
Marshall can be described as this: tall, explosive, and well-coached. Sounds simple but the product is a cornerback that is arguably the best cover player in the state. His tangibles (size and speed) are on par but his technique puts him over the top. He has great instinct when flipping his hips, tracking the ball in the air, and keeping the receiver out of position- in turn giving him position. He should be a highly touted prospect and we hope to see this recognized moving through camp season.
#1 JJ Roberts
School: Cabell Midland
Roberts puts on some size as junior and did it show. If you would like to go see some old-fashioned head-rocking hits from a safety, go watch his film. He can deliver such vicious hits as well as cast a huge cover radius because his physical gifts are immense and well-crafted. He has the straight line burst, jump, and hip twitch. When he plays in an alley/come down role, he is primed to demolish receivers and runners. This has gathered him some Power 5 offers. We expect to see me as his talent gets uncovered!