Posted On: 11/17/20 11:40 AM

Safeties are typically some of the most athletic players on the field. They must possess the combination of speed, quickness, and agility along with being instinctive and reactive in space. They are the last line of defense in terms of preventing the “big play” whether run or pass. Here are some of the very best Midwest junior safeties that display those qualities.

Issac Thompson     6’2” 190     St. Louis, MO     University School

He might not graduate till 2022 but this guy is ready for the big time right now. Thompson has great range for a free safety and displays great closing speed on the receiver. He reads the quarterbacks eyes and instantly breaks on the ball. Issac shows his leaping ability by going up in the air to break up the pass or highpoint the interception. He flashes as a cornerback when playing man-to-man coverage by running with the receiver stride for stride. Thompson, who can also play wideout, already has multiple D1 offers.

Xavier Nwankpa Xavier Nwankpa DB State IA     6’2” 185     Pleasant Hill, IA     Southeast Polk

One of the most intimidating safeties in the country, Nwankpa absolutely rules the secondary with his physicality. He breaks on the ball quickly and delivers

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