Breaking It Down: West Defensive Backs
Ken Beasley
Ken Beasley
Posted Dec 14, 2005
Miller Safrit, ACC Recruiting Analyst

All-star games are meant to be exciting, high scoring exhibitions. Last years U.S. Army Bowl MVP DeSean Jackson dazzled the crowd as helped lead the West to a victory and he earned the games MVP honors. This year the East wide receiving corps is loaded with game breaking performers and it will be the job of the West defensive backs to try and slow them down.

Today we profile the West defensive backs who will have the unenviable task of trying to stop the East’s high powered offensive attack. Let’s take a closer look at the West defensive backs we prepare for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas on January 7, 2006.

The majority of the staff felt that Texas commit Ken Beasley from West Orange-Stark High in Orange, Texas., was hands down the best defensive back that we had at any of our spring combines. The 5-10, 163 pound, cornerback is an electric playmaker who has the game breaking skills that often take over a high school all-star game. No one will ever doubt Beasley’s cover skills, but he needs to get bigger to handle the physicality of the college game.

Jai Eugene
Jai Eugene of Destrehan, La., will be putting the skills on display that helped him earn the top spot in the nation among cornerbacks. The 5-11, 185 pound, athlete plays in the secondary like a quarterback on offense. He is very cerebral as he reads the play and always has himself in the position to make a play on the ball. It will be interesting to see Eugene develop in college when he is allowed to focus on one position.

Texas pledge James Henry of Samuel Clemons High in Schertz, Texas, is well known for his talents as a running back. The punishment that Henry endures as a runner has turned him into a very tough safety who will hit anything that moves. One area that Henry will need to improve on is his coverage skills, which will come with experience.

Taylor Mays, a future USC Trojan who will patrol centerfield for the West secondary with his 6-3,

Taylor Mays
220 pound, frame. Mays has outstanding size and is very athletic. He could end up as a linebacker down the road. However, if he stats at safety his coverage skills will need too improve.

Jonas Mouton may be one of the most explosive players on the field at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Mouton is another big safety with the size to grow into an outside linebacker. He is outstanding in coverage, but needs too improve on his tackling ability.

Every all-star game needs a shut down cover corner…Meet Devin Ross a 5-11, 190 pound standout from Rancho Cuamonga, Cal. Ross has outstanding speed and is a fine open field tackler. He excels in zone or man coverage. What he lacks in size he more then makes up for with his closing speed and overall awareness.

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