2010 Position Review: Cornerbacks

CCSF CB Allen Champman

Shutdown corners are the desire of every defensive coordinator and this year, several physically-gifted athletes signed letters-of-intent with four year schools. Here's a look at who ended up where and who promises to be a big contributor this fall...

CCSF CB Allen Chapman (Kansas State)- The talented corner from the Bay Area was just the ticket for Kansas State's pourous secondary and he and his teammate, Nigel Malone, who also signed with the Wildcats will infuse some speed, quickness and intensity into the group. Chapman led the Rams in picks with six interceptions this past fall while also posting 49 tackles and 19 passes defensed. He's already on campus and he is likely to be one of the starters for KSU this fall.

Itawamba Darius Slay (Mississippi State)- Slay committed early to the Bulldogs and never wavered in his desire to play for Mississippi State. He's a talented corner prospect who didn't see a lot of passes thrown his way, so he only posted 36 tackles and a fumble recovery this past fall. However, he's a player that will be counted on immensely this fall.

San Mateo CB Joe Sampson (BYU)- Sampson redshirted this past fall so he could save a year of eligibility, but make no mistake, he was easily one of the top DBs available this past recruiting class. Sampson is big and physical and loves to hit. He's also a bit of a ballhawk, so he'll bring a playmaking dimension to the Cougars' secondary that they haven't seen the past few years.

Ventura CB Antavius Sims (Washington)- Widely regarded as one of the top JUCO athletes in the country, Sims played quarterback for the Pirates the past two years, but will be put at the cornerback position once he arrives at Washington this summer. Sims' size (6'2", 200) and quickness are expected to be placed in the Husky secondary rotation early on as long as he picks up the defense quickly.

East Mississippi CB Izauea Lanier (Tennessee)- Lanier had offers from several SEC schools, including Mississippi and Florida, but decided to become a Volunteer shortly before signing day. The talented corner prospect has outstanding quickness and size and should be a heavy contributor this fall for the Vols.

Co-Lin CB Wesley Pendleton (Ole Miss)- Pendleton is quick and possesses that extra gear to stick with receivers all the way down the field. The Rebels got a good one when he decided to come to Oxford. The talented corner posted 28 tackles and three interceptions this past season for Co-Lin.

Other players signing with four-year programs: Ellsworth's Jhony Faustin (Northern Illinois); Co-Lin's Calvin Jones (UAB); Santa Monica's A.J. Annelus (Idaho); Navarro's Chevy Bennett (Houston); Erie's Destry Berry (New Mexico); Blinn's Kip Daily (Kansas State); DeAnza's William Davis (Utah State); East Los Angeles' Chris Dunlap (Eastern Michigan); Antelope Valley's Anthony Edwards (New Mexico State); Coffeyville's Mike Edwards (Hawaii); Victor Valley's Johntel Franklin (Texas A&M); East Los Angeles' (New Mexico State); Navarro's D.J. Hayden (Houston); Glendale's Donovan Henley (Idaho State); L.A. Pierce's Clifford Johnson (Southern Miss); CCSF's Nigel Malone (Kansas State); Southwest Mississippi's Mardavian Martin (South Alabama); College of the Sequoias' K. J. Morton (Baylor); Mississippi Delta's Jemarious Moten (Louisiana); Kilgore's Junior Osunde (Texas Tech); Southwest Mississippi's J.D. Ratliff (Tulsa); Phoenix's Jumanne Robertson (Utah State); College of the Sequoias' Ken Spigner (UNLV); Cerritos' Tyrone Taylor (Eastern Michigan); Glendale's Terrell Thompson (Utah State); Mississippi Gulf Coast's Martez Thompson (Southern Miss); Santa Rosa's Jason Verrett (TCU); Iowa Western's David Whitmore (Baylor); Snow's Preston Hadley (BYU); Glendale's David Godley (South Dakota State).

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