Top 5 WV Defensive Backs in AA/A for 2020

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For our second off-season, we will be releasing to the public our Linemen & Combo Scout Sheet. It will not include the numeric ratings seen on the same sheets seen by college coaches but will use a color-coded guide. It will not have player’s academic and contact info- which will be seen by colleges.

What’s on it?

175 organized and evaluated 2021-2024 West Virginia Fullbacks, Tight Ends, Offensive Linemen, and Defensive Linemen.

Where can I see it?

You can download it by clicking the link below. It is an Excel file so it is best to viewed on a computer.

Do colleges have to pay?

No, colleges will not pay for our scout sheets. They will be sent an all-in-one scout sheet that includes further information to assist in the recruiting process.


Honorable Mentions

Tanner Copley (Tolsia) 2021

Evan Dennison (Fairmont Senior) 2022

Spencer Knight (Linsly) 2021

Payton Marling (Wheeling Central) 2021

TIE – #4 Malakai Woodard-Jones

Woodard-Jones was a looked at prospect for the Generals as a freshman. His role was sure to expand in 2019. He had a great sophomore campaign and etched himself as one of the better safeties in the state. His size allowed him to play down in the box and give good run support. Woodard-Jones has a developing agility but good straight line speed already. This should allow him to form into a really talented coverage player, too.

TIE – #4 Norman Kennedy

Kennedy also had a good sophomore season. He appears to be a smart player and does well in pass coverage. The fact he has practiced against an annual top-tier air raid system means he has grasped many things through reputation. He has above average speed, agility, and tackling. Only being a junior, Kennedy is sure to take that big third year step and cement himself as a hawk in the middle of the field.

TIE – #4 Brayden Mineard

Mineard was a notable player on a standout Oak Glen defense. One of the few high ranking true corners, he was near the top of the state in interceptions. He has a pretty decent quick twitch and hip turn but his best attribute is his ability to play the ball. Mineard will surely see less interceptions because offenses will deviate from throwing his way- which is the sign of a next-level cornerback.

#3 Ryker Brown

Brown is one of the highest rated corners in the state. Though he doesn’t jump off the screen with tons of quick twitch, he does have legitimate technical skills. Years of going against high-level receivers has really shown to up his game tremendously. He’s aggressive with great hand placement and even the ability to come up on the run. He will only be a junior.

TIE – #1 Jadon Hershberger

Hershberger burst onto the scene early on with a three interception single game performance. His best skill as the safety in the middle is truly his speed and explosion. He has one of the best closing speeds in AA, if not the best, and makes the passing bubble very small. Teams tended not to test over the top as much, and he performed well enough filling the lanes too.

TIE – #1 Zachai Simmons

Simmons is one of the most aggressive safeties in West Virginia. Though a tad smaller, he flourishes in the box. He has great acceleration and explosion which allows him to come down on short passes. He is great at filling open alleys in the run game as well. 2020 should prove to be another great working year for Simmons.

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