KANSAS CITY SHOWCASE: Top DBs in the ’22 that are big stock risers to know – A lot of DBs that are playing at a very high level in the 2022 class right now and guys like Dallas Center Grimes 2022 Abens is a good one, an Iowa play maker at 6-2 that is very impressive. Bowers of Lee’s Summit West is another impressive play maker who stood out on Sunday.
Alex Abens, 6-2, 185, DB, 2022, Dallas Center-Grimes @alexabens
Impressive play maker and a guy with very impressive closing speed, Abens is a fine play maker on the ball and can really fly to make some tough plays and pass breakups on the ball, one impressive player that is a big time open field tackler and can really be a major impact maker for Dallas Center-Grimes.
Elano Alvarez, 5’11, 175, DB/S, 2022, Park Hill South @alvarezelano
A seasoned player for Park Hill South who can see time as a defensive back and a ball carrier as well, showing good decision making with the ball. That said, Alvarez is a defensive back who earned first team all-conference honors at free safety. He has good athleticism and hands and can fly around the field and make plays against ball carriers and receivers. He has good strength for his frame and is capable of anticipating plays and putting himself in a position to greet the ball or make a tackle or even break up plays through the air.
Orion Bowers, 5’9, 165, DB/S, 2022, Lee’s Summit West @orion_bowers
A tough DB who can go stride for stride with receivers but also fly around the field as a safety. He is good in one-on-one situations and can knock away passes and even come away with the ball. He is good at timing contact and it’s difficult for receivers to jump up, complete a catch and then maintain control of the ball on their way to the ground. A player who continues to develop and improve. In eight games last season Bowers reported 29 tackles one touchdown and an impressive 29 pass deflections.
Soren Giannola, 6-2, 154, DB/S, 2022, Olathe West @SorenGiannola
One of the KC metro senior to be DBs that could factor in a big way for the secondary at Olathe West, Giannola is a player that can really do a nice job of making plays be using good instincts and making impressive plays with some good reactions to the ball while its in the air. A player that will look to factor into the mix and be a key element to their defensive success. A player that can do some good things and make good plays on the football. One of those guys that you could hear a lot from in 2021.
Meshach McKay, 5’6, 135, DB/S, 2022, Raytown @meshachm4
A very athletic and lean speedster and track star as well at Raytown, no doubt this speedy DB in the ‘22 class, McKay is one of those play makers in the secondary unit that can use his jets to be all over the field, also making him one of the more impressive young kick return specialists to keep an eye on. Impressive lean and athletic build and a guy that is one of the more impressive hot ‘22 players in the KC metro to know.
Adnan Mukhtar, 5-11, 160, DB/S, 2022, Park Hill
A rangy and athletic player that can make some nice plays on the ball while its in the air, no doubt that Adnan can make some big time plays and is one of the Kansas class of 2022 DBs that has some nice play making skills in the defensive backfield to watch out for as well. We like Mukhtar as one of the guys that can impress in the Kansas City metro area and a guy with a good ability to make plays on the ball.
Eli Oxner, 6-0, 175, DB/S, 2022, Rapid City SD @EliOxner
A very smart DB that makes plays using good angles, big hits and knows where he is at on the field to make excellent tackles and pass breakups, a guy that is in the middle of a lot if key plays deep down the field, that guy that excels being on the island and can make those key plays against the other teams top WR, no doubt a play maker that has major skills and talent.
Korey Read, 6’1, 175, DB/S, 2022, Joplin @Koreyyread
Another impressive prospect in Southwest Missouri who shows a lot of heart and passion to his game. He’s one of the area’s biggest hitters who shows the ability to stop offensive players on the move. He can force way through contact and blockers and get to the backfield and make tackles but is also comfortable in open space, adjusting to the receiver and shows the ability to fly around and make plays through the air. He reads covers and can gain ground and pull down opponents from behind. Through eight games last season he recorded 59 total tackles, 7 four tackles a game and had 36 solo for the year.
Gavin Todd, 6-2, 184, DB/S, 2022, Dallas Center-Grimes @Gavin_Todd1
One of the big time looking DBs for Dallas Center-Gimes that has big time size and talent is 6-2 inch Gavin Todd, a player that can make some huge plays while the ball is in the air. A very good tight coverage type DB that can shut the WRs down and can use his 6-2 frame to bat the ball down and make a lot of big time plays against the pass. One major talent at DB from Iowa.
Luke Vieselmeyer, 5’10, 145, DB/S, 2022, Joplin @jvieselmeyer
A nice player for Joplin who can come away with the ball in big moments. He has good speed and eyes and he stays with receivers and plays strong through the air. He can push his way past blockers when rushing and looking to stop plays in the backfield and he moves well horizontally. A player who has seen his stock rise in recent weeks and one who has shown a lot of improvement to his game and has been able to capitalize on chances and gambles as a DB and one who can also create with the ball himself.
Ryan Ward, 6’0, 190, DB, 2022, Shawnee Mission East @RyanWard2734
A senior to be that will look to be a big time weapon in the Shawnee Mission East secondary unit, Ward will bring the experience and skills that should make him a valuable weapon in the Shawnee Mission East secondary unit. An Honorable Mention selection in 2020, Ward will bring speed and great coverage skills and is a DB that we think could project high on the next level radar of many colleges looking for an athletic and competitive play maker.