As the 2009 prep football season approaches, the Times will break down each position in the county. Today we take a look at defensive backs.
Top returning defensive backs
1. Dondre Davis, St. Petersburg: His seven interceptions last season were the most among returning defensive backs in the county. Davis also is a threat to score, returning two of those picks for touchdowns.
2. Xavius Boyd, Lakewood: After switching from linebacker to safety, Boyd turned heads in the spring and has offers from Colorado State, Iowa and Oregon State, among others.
3. Mac Brown, Gibbs: A two-way player, Brown is coveted by colleges for his speed. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds at a combine in Orlando.
4. Jamarious Boatwright, Largo: The Packers' top returner in the secondary, Boatwright had 25 tackles and two interceptions last season.
5. Alex Dixon, Countryside: A first-time starter last season, Dixon had two interceptions. He got the attention of some college recruiters this spring.
6. Jason Wine, Largo: He was the most productive defensive back for the Packers last season with 34 tackles and three interceptions.
7. Darrien Wood, Tarpon Springs: At nearly 6 feet, Wood has the ideal height as a defensive back and will be patrolling the secondary for the Spongers.
8. Mitch Ronacher, Countryside: The Cougars safety led his team in interceptions with four last season.
9. Cameron Williams, Dixie Hollins: The tall, rangy defensive back already is getting looks from Division I schools.
10. Jovontae Johnson, Boca Ciega: He had three interceptions last season and is the top returner in a secondary that has four senior starters.
Keep an eye on
1. Josiah Fisk, Tarpon Springs: He should return to his form of two seasons ago when he led the county in interceptions.
2. Gary Gainer, Gibbs: Last season he was among the county's leading tacklers with 150. He is going from a linebacker to more of a safety position this year.
3. Jocquel Skinner, Boca Ciega: After sitting most of last season because of a leg injury, Skinner is ready to be an enforcer as a safety.
4. Jezreel Saunders, Dunedin: The Falcons lost every starter in the secondary and are counting on Saunders to provide tight coverage.
5. Antonio Aponte, Northeast: He came on late last season with a momentum-turning interception against Lakewood and another pick against Largo.