Both an elite athlete and a tough football player. Fearless on the field. Great recovery speed. Naturally flips hips and gets in and out of breaks. Doesn’t take false steps. Great instincts. Flies up the alley to support in the run game and against screens. Can play man or zone. Quick feet. Elite free safety prospects display great range to cover sideline to sideline. Tremendous ball skills. Great leaping ability with the knack to high point the ball or take it away from taller receivers. Typically 1st or 2nd Team All-State with recognition from the national recruiting media as an underclassmen. Typically Multi-Year All Area/All District and All Conference performer at minimum.
May have not shown the production of an elite BCS caliber recruit, but coaches at this level will still scholarship athletic high school defensive backs if they believe they can coach them up into productive college players. Prospects will show they’re one of the better athletes on the field. Flashes ability to flip hips and gets in and out of breaks. Rarely takes false steps. Good instincts. Flashes ability to come up in the alley to support in the run game and against screens. Good feet. Top free safety prospects need range to play center field or at least deep half. Good ball skills. Good leaping ability. Flashes ability to high point the ball or take it away from taller receivers. Typically All-State, All Area/District with some recognition from recruiting media. All Conference performer at minimum.
Good athlete - tough competitor. Willing in run support. Solid change of direction skills. Solid leaping ability. Flashes ability to get the ball in traffic. Typically All Area or All Conference.
Solid athlete - tough competitor. Has to be a committed, rugged football player more than an elite athlete. Willing to mix it up in run support. Decent change of direction skills. Decent leaping ability. High degree of variance in accolades from All Conference to a one year varsity starter.