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Posted On: 06/22/22 11:32 AM

We begin the final phase of our ‘City Series’ by taking a look at the Top 5 defensive backs in the Albuquerque Metro Region:

Colt Mangino Colt Mangino 6'0" | DB La Cueva | 2023 State NM , La Cueva: La Cueva doesn’t just have one of the most explosive offenses in the state, their defense is pretty stout too, which is why the Bears are a Class 6A title contender. The 6-foot-0, 170-pound Mangino led the La Cueva secondary with 3 interceptions and 42 tackles in  2021. Mangino stood out at the recent Eastern New Mexico camp in Albuquerque, often drawing praise from the Greyhounds’ DB coach for his speed, mobility and footwork.  FCS Valparaiso, ENMU and New Mexico Highlands have offered. Don’t be surprised if additional D1 offers come Mangino’s way.

Chris Montoya Chris Montoya 5'10" | DB Rio Rancho | 2023 State NM , Rio Rancho: Montoya is probably one of the most underrated players in the Albuquerque Metro region. From a recruiting perspective, the 5-foot-10, 195-pounder is definitely flying under the radar. But he would be a good fit at nickel (hybrid DB/OLB) at the next level. Montoya had 58 tackles, 4 sacks and 4 pass breakups last season. He’s a ballhawk for the Rams.

Devonte Shendo Devonte Shendo 6'1" | DB Cleveland | 2023 State NM , Cleveland: Shendo sometimes gets overlooked because the

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