High school football’s Top Defensive Backs in Class of 2021

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We wrap-up our tour around the country by looking at the top defensive backs in high school football in the Class of 2021.

5-star corner back Tony Grimes of Prince Anne High School in Virginia is the No. 1 DB in the nation. Grimes has given his verbal commitment to North Carolina.

Tony Grimes, Prince Anne (Virginia)

Three of the Top 5 DB’s are still uncommitted.

Pinson Valley’s (Alabama) Ga’Quincy McKinstry is a 5-star cornerback. His top five schools are all from the SEC — Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and LSU.

Ga’Quincy McKinstry, Pinson Valley (Alabama)

The third 5-star cornerback is Jason Marshall of Palmetto High in Miami. The Panthers will have a very good secondary with Marshall teaming-up with 4-star safety Corey Collier.

Jason Marshall, Palmetto (Miami, Florida)

Sage Ryan is the first safety on the Top 25 list at No. 4. The Lafayette Christian Academy senior-to-be is expected to play at in-state LSU.

Sage Ryan, Lafayette Christian (Louisiana)

At No. 5 is 4-star cornerback Jakailin Johnson of De Smet in Missouri. Johnson is one of three verbal commits, on this list, for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Jakailin Johnson, De Smet (Missouri)

Defensive Backs, Class of 2021

No. 1 Tony Grimes, CB – Prince Anne (Virginia) – North Carolina

No. 2 Ga’Quincy McKinstry, CB – Pinson Valley (Alabama) – Uncommitted

No. 3 Jason Marshall, CB – Miami Palmetto (Florida) – Uncommitted

No. 4 Sage Ryan, S – Lafayette Christian (Louisiana) – Uncommitted

No. 5 Jakailin Johnson, CB – De Smet (Missouri) – Ohio State

No. 6 Derrick Davis, Jr., S – Gateway (Pennsylvania) – Uncommitted

No. 7 Ceyair Wright, CB – Loyola (California) – Uncommitted

No. 8 Jordan Hancock, CB – North Gwinnett (Georgia) – Uncommitted

No. 9 Isaiah Johnson, CB – Bluefield (West Virginia) – Uncommitted

No. 10 Corey Collier, S – Miami Palmetto (Florida) – Uncommitted

No. 11 Nyland Green, CB – Newtown (Georgia) – Uncommitted

No. 12 Avante Dickerson, CB – Westside (Omaha, Nebraska) – Minnesota

No. 13 Nathaniel Wiggins, CB – Westlake (Georgia) – Uncommitted

No. 14 Latrell McCutchin, CB – LBJ (Texas) – Oklahoma

No. 15 Jaylin Davies, CB – Mater Dei (California) – Oregon

No. 16 Andre Turrentine, S – Ensworth (Tennessee) – Ohio State

No. 17 Kendal Daniels, S – Beggs (Oklahoma) – Uncommitted

No. 18 Kaine Williams, S – John Ehret (Louisiana) – Alabama

No. 19 JD Coffey, S – Kennedale (Texas) – Texas

No. 20 Ishmael Ibraheem, CB – Kimball (Texas) – Texas

No. 21 Clinton Burton, Jr., CB – St. Frances Academy (Maryland) – Boston College

No. 22 Ahmari Harvey, S – Florida State University HS (Florida) – Uncommitted

No. 23 Terrion Arnold, S – John Paul II Catholic (Florida) – Uncommitted

No. 24 Hunter Wohler, S – Muskego (Wisconsin) – Wisconsin

No. 25 Jantzen Dunn, S – South Warren (Kentucky) – Ohio State

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.