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2016 Michigan High School Football Watch List - Defensive Backs

Football   | Jeff Dullack

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Just two days away from kickoff, it's time for the final edition of the Watch-List series as we break down the top defensive backs in Michigan


Jaylen Kelly-Powell – Cass Tech

The best safety in the state, Kelly-Powell is as complete of a secondary player that there is. Outstanding in pass coverage, and a willing tackler against the run, he can do just about anything and will be one of the more relied upon players on offense as well for the Technicians. Kelly-Powell has been offered by Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and several other high-level Division 1 schools.

Donovan Johnson – Cass Tech

Another key part of the best secondary in the state, Johnson is the definition of a shutdown cornerback, able to shut down just about any receiver in the state. Offered by Oregon, Missouri, Wisconsin, along with other top schools, Johnson is a menace in the defensive backfield and will continue to cause nightmares for PSL quarterbacks this fall.

Jordan Ulmer – Belleville

A ball hawk from the safety position, Ulmer has proven to be strong in coverage and capable of covering just about any position because of his size and speed on the football field. Also, look for Ulmer to play a key role on the offensive side of the ball as well this fall. Ulmer is committed to Iowa State.

Jamal Allen – Livonia Churchill

Committed to Toledo, Allen just might be the best pure cover corner in the KLAA, along with Walled Lake Western’s Cody White, who is listed at wide receiver in these watch-lists. Dangerous enough to strike with a pick-six at any time, Allen causes all sorts of headaches for opposing quarterbacks and offensive coordinators.

Richard Bowens – Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

A true playmaker in the secondary, Bowens is a ball hawk and a big time hitter from his cornerback position and is the will be the cornerstone of the Eaglets defensive backfield this fall. Committed to Iowa State, Bowens has 12 offers in the recruiting process and with another strong season in 2016, some big time offers could be on the horizon.

Robert Daniel – Oak Park

A willing tackler from the cornerback position, Daniel can play just about anywhere in the secondary, but his lockdown coverage skills have him firmly cemented at cornerback for Oak Park. Offered by Akron and Miami (OH), Daniel isn’t afraid to step up against the run, while also continuing to shutdown opposing receivers with regularity.

Kalon Gervin – Cass Tech

Another member of a star-studded Cass Tech defense, Gervin is just a junior and makes up one half of the best cornerback duo in Michigan, along with Donovan Johnson. Lightning fast and excellent in coverage, Gervin already has offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma and plenty more Division 1 schools.

Reggie Pearson – River Rouge

Already with several Division 1 offers, including one from Wisconsin in his pocket entering his junior season, Pearson is primed for a big time season in 2016. Pearson is a player who is ready to strike with a big hit or a big play at just about any time from his safety position.