Class of 2010 Preview: Defensive Backs

After many looks on the offensive side of the ball, let's take a look at the Class of 2010 in the defensive backfield.

After taking a look at the Class of 2010 stars at quarterback, running back and wide receiver, let's move to the defensive side of the ball for a couple of days and take a look at the top four defensive backs who are incoming seniors in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex -- two today and two tomorrow.

The list was made by Greg Riddle of The Dallas Morning News and Barton Simmons of recruiting Web site, and I'll make some mild adjustments on their rankings.

4. Rashod Favors, Fort Worth Dunbar HS - Favors is a flat-out beast. At 6 foot 1, 230 pounds, he's an awfully big defensive back prospect until you realize he plays inside linebacker at the high school level. Last season, he registered 107 tackles to go with nine sacks and 12 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He also broke up 11 passes. His 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash will help him make the transition to safety at the college level along with his 38-inch vertical leap. Favors also has a nose for the end zone, as he showed by scoring nine touchdowns on just 29 carries as a goal-line back for the Wildcats. He already has offers from Baylor, Stanford, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, SMU and TCU. He has interest from Florida State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Tennessee.

3. Tyler Stephenson, Lancaster HS - As a junior at Lancaster, Stephenson was a big-time player from the cornerback position. He finished last season with 55 tackles, two picks and 14 pass breakups to go with two fumble recoveries. At 5 foot 10, 175 pounds, Stephenson is without a doubt a true cornerback and will play nothing else at the college level. He's garnering interest from Baylor and Oregon but already has offers from Colorado State, Houston, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, Texas A&M and Tulsa.

Tomorrow, we'll take a look at the top defensive backs in the Class of 2010.

Adam Boedeker is a sports writer/blogger for the Denton Record-Chronicle. He is a card-carrying P-1. Literally, he has the card.

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