The class of 2011 includes a strong crop of safeties and cornerbacks. Eleven of them rank among the top 100 players in the nation. The best of all is 6-2, 210-pound Karlos Williams of Davenport, Fla., who is committed to Florida State. He is the No. 9 player in the nation.
But Williams may not be the best defensive back in Florida. Wayne Lyons, a 6-0, 185-pounder from Fort Lauderdale, is the No. 16 player in the nation. Lyons, an A student, was the defensive player of the San Antonio combine in January. No wide receiver in the camp could beat him.
The most exciting player in the nation is 5-9, 175-pound DeAnthony Thomas of Los Angeles, Calif., Crenshaw, who is committed to USC. He has great instincts and has been timed in 10.6 seconds for 100 meters. Very versatile, he played running back, wide receiver, cornerback and kick returner last season. He is the No. 24 player in the nation.