Posted On: 02/2/21 3:00 PM

Five safeties and three corners comprise th ight elite defensive backs in the Midwest for the 2022 class. They all have athleticism and a skill level that allow them to be multi-position players for their high school programs and the potential to be difference makers at the D1 level. Thes ight defensive backs possess the physical traits, fundamentals, and intangibles that separate them from others.

  1. Xavier NwankpaXavierNwankpa6'2" | DBSoutheast Polk | 2022StateIA     6’2” 185     S     Pleasant Hill, IA     Southeast Polk

Xavier is one of the most physical and punishing defensive backs in the country. He really unloads on the opponent when making the tackle. Nwankpa closes on the run quickly with great leverage when coming up from his free safety position. He doubles as a running back where he shows the same toughness and athleticism and is also a dangerous punt returner. The recruiting battle may end up between Iow nd Ohio State for Nwankpa’s talents.

  1. Will Johnson 6’2” 180     CB     Grosse Pointe Farms, MI     South

Johnson is one of the most versatile skilled athletes in the Midwest. He plays corner, wide receiver, and wildcat quarterback. He is especially impressive in

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