With all of the offenses, mainly in 5A and 6A, passing it all over the field it doesn’t hurt to have a great secondary player to make some defensive plays every now and then. These players that have been selected are dangerous players in the back-end of the defense and if you test them too much, it will be trouble. Here is the top twelve returning secondary players in the 806.
1. TY THOMAS- LUBBOCK-COOPER PIRATES
Ty Thomas(107 tackles, 2INT) , is the most dangerous of them all in the 806 in my opinion. With dozens of Division One offers he chose to take his talents, pun intended, to Arizona State. Watching his film and besides his ground-shaking hits, the versatility of Ty sticks out as well. He does punt returns, kick returns, runs the Wildcat, and still can chase down any tailback or receiver with ease. His genes run strong, so don’t expect any drop-off on skills as he will play like his family did when they played college and pro ball. He will play on Saturdays and probably Sundays too.
2. DAKOTA PUGA- CANYON EAGLES
Dakota can do it all for the Eagles; line up out wide, take back punts, and play some lockdown defense on opposing receivers like he did all of last year. He had four interceptions on the season, and would have had more if people would’ve threw his way more frequently. He will have another great season in 2016; a season that will spur him to an offer at the end of the season.
3. DICE GRIEGO- PLAINVIEW BULLDOGS
With 73 tackles and three interceptions last year, Dice will be the unquestioned leader for the Bulldogs and be counted on to make some big plays on the defensive side. He will lay a shot on a defender, but can also pick up a tailback and cover them adequately in open space.
4. CHRISTIAN HAYES- CORONADO MUSTANGS
Christian Hayes picture should come up when you google the “Athlete” word. He is a special player on both sides of the ball, and scary on special teams. He can take a kick back to the house, but also will be the first player down on a kickoff to lay a shot on the returner. Hayes can play any secondary position with exceptional ability as displayed by his HUDL highlights. He has one Division One offer already, and will get at least ten more if he has the season we all think he will have for the Mustangs.
5. CORBIN WHITFIELD- MONTEREY PLAINSMEN
Corbin is small, but lethal in the secondary. He lays knockout hits every game, to the point where he will injure himself sometimes trying to do it. I witnessed his game against Hereford where he completely took it over, including a pick-six to seal the game late for the Plainsmen. In the best secondary in the 806 for 2016, he will lead the way.
6. TRENT WARD- MONTEREY PLAINSMEN
Trent has the “measurables” to play Division One ball. 5′ 11″ and weighing in at 165 pounds, he runs a 4.45 40-yard dash and put that speed on display with two pick-sixes last year. He also is a number one receiver for Monterey and is one of the best talents I have seen in a long time. He will be classified as an athlete to recruits, but he can play either the wide receiver position or cornerback for any team in the country. Hopefully, he gets a shot.
7. DEREK NORRIS- PAMPA HARVESTERS
Derek is a beast!! The first two hits on his HUDL will give you chills. He’s back for a big time Senior season for the Harvesters and will be first team all-district at the safety spot. Five interceptions last year also shows he has a nose for the ball. A fearless punisher that I would not want to go up against all game at all. Also, don’t be surprised if you see him in the backfield laying out punishment as a running back this year too.
8. JAQUON THOMPSON- LUBBOCK-COOPER PIRATES
He, along with Ty Thomas will form a pretty scary safety set for the Pirates. He loves contact, plays special teams with a fearless mindset, and also is a consummate team player. He also can line up on the backfield or at the wideout position and wreak havoc as well. Should be a great year for LCP!