Defensive Backs to know in the Orlando Area, risers to know in the ‘23 class – We take a look at some of the top looking defensive backs and risers in the Orlando area for the junior class of 23 play makers. Speed, hard hitting and big time play readers headline a list of impressive play makers.
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Jayden Ayala, 6’1”, 160, FS/CB,2023,Dr. Phillips @jaydenayala_
Ayala is a very impressive looking athlete with some nice versatility that can play both corner and free safety, also has some size in the Dr. Phillips secondary unit at 6-1. Has some good speed, Jayden reports a time of 4.6 in the 40 yard dash and a 100 meter dash time of 11.9, no doubt a flyer to the football, Ayala is one of the hardest hitting players in the Orlando area and a player with a big time upside, speed, power and size are all huge parts of his impressive resume for the next level.
Michael Byers, 5’9”, 160,S/CB,2023,Hagerty @_byerzz
Byers is a fast play maker from Hagerty, can line both corner and safety positions in the secondary unit and is a player that can make it hurt for WRs trying to catch the football. Byers could be the hardest hitting defensive back in the Orlando area, this guy reads the play in front of him very well and then is explosive and can really get a lot of momentum up to deliver some huge knockout hits on the receiver, one of those guys you have to know where he is at, at all times, this guy likes to demolish guys and is a bone jarring tackling machine.
Armani Carrillo, 6’1”, 170,SS/WR,2023,East River @ArmaniCarrillo1
A good looking athlete, 6-1, 170 so some nice size also for the secondary unit at East River, Carrillo is a player that was one of the most efficient tacklers in the Falcons secondary unit, finishing with 23 tackles in just seven games, Armani also had a 3.3 tackles per game average and had 16 solo and seven assisted tackles on the season, a play maker to keep on the radar, experience will be key for 2022, a player and senior that we could see being a very effective play maker and getting 40 plus tackles as a senior for the Falcons.
Jordan Castell, 6’2”, 190,DB,2023,West Orange @Jordan_castell
Castell is a very talented and nice framed length guy at 6-2, 190 and a very solid hitter for West Orange. Castell is one of the elite play makers for being both very physical and aggressive on the field and he reports 4.6 time in the 40 yard dash for some excellent speed as well. Catell is a good looking talent and a player that racked up 36 tackles in 13 games this season for the Warriors and had 25 solo tackles and 11 assisted tackles on a big and impressive junior season. Expect another big year ahead for an impressive get after it DB from West Orange.
Hudson Gibbs, 5’9”, 170,SS,2023,Winter Park @HudsonGibbs8
The Wildcats of Winter Park really have some great defensive backs that make them very tough against the passing game, Gibbs was second overall on the team in 2021 with 46 tackles in nine games and had six tackles for losses and averaged 5.1 tackles per game on the year. Gibbs has some impressive speed and reports a 40 yard dash time of 4.6. Hudson is a player that has some great special teams play also, always around the action and the football making some huge plays happen. Gibbs has landed a D1 offer from Northern Colorado and is one of the most impressive recruits for the radar to know.
Jimez Hamilton , 6’1”, 170,CB, 2023,Dr. Phillips @JimezHamilton3
Hamilton is a 6-1 play making corner for Dr. Phillips that is part of their lengthy and speedy secondary unit, Hamilton is a player that can really deliver a smashing hit over and over again and should be one of the most feared defensive backs in the area with his huge hits, Hamilton also is very quick to read plays and can cover five yards and close as fast as anyone in the area, a major team leader and physical play maker that is always out to make a big hit or break up a big pass play down the field, Excellent athlete and a big time play maker that can really make some huge things happen for Dr. Phillips.
Clintel Johnson, Jr., 6’2, 170,DB,2023,Jones@TheReal_CJ4
Johnson is a very impressive looking bigger DB and play maker at 6-2 he can get up and contest with the best of the best from the Jones secondary unit. Johnson is fast and very rangy and one of the up and coming junior play makers that has a great next level future, his speed and closing abilities on plays is impressive, Jones has several defensive standouts we like a lot and Johnson is one of those standout performers that should get some nice looks and attention in the ’23 class.
Lacory Walker, 5’11”, 160,CB,2023,Osceola @JrLacory
One of the major defensive standouts for the elite athletic defense the Kowboys of Osceola have, Walker had a big time year in the secondary to finish with 43 tackles in nine games and had 25 solo tackles and 18 assisted tackles with a 4.8 tackles per game average. Walker racked up his first of many offers from Ole Miss in early December, this guy has the athletic skill and build to be a great one for the next level and is one of the most pure talented athletes you will see in the Orlando area, A hot one, D1s need to be looking very hard at Walker’s speed and open field abilities to make one big play after another happen.
Asaad Waseem, CB, 2023,Wekiva @therealasaad
Good looking play maker and one of the elite looking stars in the Orlando area, Waseem is impressive and a very quick play reader as well at Wekiva. Marshall, FAMU, and West Virginia have offered and lots of schools like Tennessee, Louisville, and more are showing lots of interest and love for this outstanding play maker loaded for talent. Waseem also has proven to be a great hands play maker and a talented WR who has both elite speed and play making skills that every college in the country should be looking at hard, guy has a motor and elite speed, one of the tops out there for sure. Waseem had 463 yards and five TDs as a talented WR good enough for second most yards on the team this year.s
Will Watson, 6’1”, 195,DB,2023, Winter Park @Wilwatsonjr1
Watson is a very impressive looking athlete and a player that can really turn it on, This 6-1, 195 well sized Winter Park play maker is a guy that can be a maker rangy play maker and was third on the Wildcats roster in 2021 with 2 interceptions , 5 PBU’s , 56 tackles , 4 tackles for loss and had 1 forced fumble on a big 2021 season, one of the best looking play making defensive backs in the Orlando area.