As the 2010 prep football season approaches, the St. Petersburg Times breaks down each position in the county. Today we wrap up the series with a look at defensive backs.
1. Alex Dixon, Countryside: The most recruited defensive back in the county, Dixon recorded 46 tackles (39 solo) with three interceptions and is one of the leaders of a revamped defense.
2. Gary Simon, Gibbs: At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Simon is one of the biggest defensive backs in Pinellas County and is starting to getting attention from recruiters after anchoring the Gladiators’ secondary last season.
3. Stevie Murph, St. Petersburg: Provides airtight coverage for the Green Devils and had 59 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles last season.
4. Javaris Little, Lakewood: A second-team, all-county selection, Little has the most experience in a defensive backfield that lost a lot to graduation.
5. Calvin Robinson, St. Petersburg: Once he gets the ball in his hands, Robinson is electrifying. Last year, he had two interceptions and returned one for a score.
6. Answar Wright, Northeast: Led team with four interceptions and is part of an experienced secondary that is one of the Vikings’ strengths.
7. Lakeif Daniels, Largo: The junior, who likely will be the only upperclassmen starting in the Packers’ defensive backfield, had two interceptions last season.
8. Joel Hardy, Tarpon Springs: A two-way player, Hardy will be counted on to be a playmaker after recording an interception and fumble recovery last year.
9. Kion Samuels, Dunedin: There are plenty of skill guys in the Falcons’ secondary and Samuels is one of the best.
10. Kenny Hunter, Pinellas Park: Veteran player is a hard hitter and can blanket receivers.
Keep an eye on
1. Rick Dooley, Tarpon Springs: After limited playing time in 2009, he should shine this season.
2. Drew McGuiness, East Lake: The quarterback of a deep, experienced secondary.
3. Cameron Williams, Dixie Hollins: The best athlete on a team that has struggled recently.
4. Peter Brady, Clearwater Central Catholic: He came on last season with six tackles for loss and four caused fumbles.
5. Vinny Capabianca, Indian Rocks Christian: He headlines a defensive backfield that could be one of the best among private schools.
6. Jimmy Briggs, St. Petersburg Catholic: The Barons defense suffered when he went down with an injury in Week 4 last season.
7. Jarvis Stewart, Largo: Though he is just a freshman, Stewart already has received a lot of praise from coach Rick Rodriguez.
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