DMV Defensive Backs: Quick Evaluations
With so many gifted defensive backs in the DMV area it is hard to keep track of them all. As they play for a bevy of high schools and these defensive backs make plays across the area on a game to game basis. That is why it is only right to continue to highlight the […]
With so many gifted defensive backs in the DMV area it is hard to keep track of them all. As they play for a bevy of high schools and these defensive backs make plays across the area on a game to game basis. That is why it is only right to continue to highlight the defensive back talent in the area. This piece will give condensed evaluations on 3 defensive backs in the area. Highlighting the strong points in each players game and how it affects their play on the field.
The first DB to discuss is Demarco Cuffey of North Point High School. This 5’11” 167 lbs. Class of 2021 recruit is a ball hawk at both corner and safety. As he always manages to get his hands on the football when it is thrown in his vicinity. He is always around the ball which gives him ample opportunities to utilize his ball skills to make interceptions. He is very effective in coverage because of his quick feet and speed that allow him to make up ground in the rare instances he is initially beat. The type of coverage I see Cuffey flourish in the most is man coverage, specifically press man. This is because of his solid footwork Cuffey good hand usage allows him to be physical and disrupt routes to make plays on the ball. Also because of this speed and quickness he also contributes on North Point’s offense as a receiver. Though his value is far more visible when he is out on defense. Cuffey uses his quickness to drive on the ball aggressively and jump routes in off coverage. While also showing to be a willing and solid tackler at the DB position. Coming up on screens and playing around the line of scrimmage at times in run defense. Demarco Cuffey is a defensive back with the coverage skills to be a strong cover corner. While having three current offers from Buffalo, Morgan State, and Massachusetts this number should grow as he goes on to have a strong senior season.
The next player to mention is Dashawn Jones of Mt. Saint Joseph. At around 6’1” 175 lbs. this young defensive back constantly gets his hands on the football. He has great ball skills and tracks the ball well in the air to make interceptions. Making him a constant turnover generator at the defensive back position. Jones is also very good at driving on the football in coverage when trying to make a play on the ball in coverage. He excels in off coverage as a defensive back from what I see on film. As his quickness and ball skills are shown in full effect in this type of coverage. This allows him to showcase how good he is at reading the eyes of the quarterback and anticipating where the ball is going. Dashawn Jones because of his ability to change the game with his propensity to intercept the ball should be on his way to a strong senior year. After a highly productive junior year his reputation should cause QB’s to shy away from throwing at him. Even though he may not get many opportunities to get his hands on the ball. Scouts should respect the fact his talent is making teams go away from throwing at him. Having this type of Ball hawking attribute makes him a playmaking commodity that will attract attention from college programs. He has offers currently from Holy Cross, Richmond, James Madison, Villanova, Temple, Monmouth, and Liberty. Meaning Jones is garnering interest with likely more to come.
The third and final player to analyze is Brian Hubbard of National Christian Academy. The 6’0” 191 lbs. DB showcases many skills that make him a difference maker on defense. Hubbard on film seems to play mostly at safety for National Christian Academy’s defense. He shows good skills as a deep middle safety being able to go sideline to sideline with ease. Displaying good discipline with his eyes able to read opposing QB’s and quickly read and react to where the ball is going. He is a solid tackler and his speed allows him to chase downplays and make key stops. Hubbard could be more physical as a primary safety, but he still is a presence on the field because of his ball hawking capabilities. Hubbard has two current college offers from the University of Houston and University of Massachusetts. This number should rise as he goes into his senior season and continues to showcase his skills as a defensive back. National Christian Academy has a player who exceeds as a safety playing in the middle of the field. Surveying and reacting to the ball as it enters his area of the field. A player who will grow further into one of the better defensive backs in the area.