USAAAB West Preview: DB

Ahmad Dixon

Led by two of the top safeties in the country, Texas native Ahmad Dixon and California prospect Sean Parker, here is a look at the West's defensive backs for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio...

USAAAB West Previews
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CB Dior Mathis  (5-9, 175)

Considering: Illinois, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State & Oregon

One of the Midwest's top defenders, the Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech product Mathis returns to the Alamo City after starring at the U.S. Army National Combine a year ago.  The skilled cover corner is quick and athletic but won't hesitate to hit you.

CB Keanon Lowe (5-10, 170)

Commit: Washington

The top skill position player in Oregon, Lowe did the majority of his damage on offense this year for Portland (Ore.) Jesuit on offense, including a six-touchdown performance in the state title game.  Lowe is versatile, he played running back for Jesuit, will play cornerback for the West and will likely play receiver for the Huskies.

S Sean Parker (6-0, 195)

Considering: USC, Michigan and California

The top safety in California, Parker is a big hitter who shines with the pads on.  Had a strong senior year, carrying the Gauchos to the City Section title game and he becomes the second Narbonne prospect in as many years to play in the Army Game, following teammate and close friend Byron Moore.

S Marquis Flowers (6-2, 195)

Considering: Arizona, Arizona State, USC and UCLA

The Goodyear (Ariz.) Millenium product Flowers is Arizona's top prospect in the class of 2010 and he continues in the long line of stellar prospects from Arizona who've played in the Army game. Flowers is big and rangy and could even play some outside linebacker this week.

S Ahmad Dixon (6-1, 195)

Commit: Baylor

Waco (Texas) Midway safety Ahmad Dixon is the lone Texas native in the secondary, and the soft commit to Baylor figures to shine in his home state.  The bigger question for Dixon will be if he sticks with the Bears or will the nation's third-ranked safety pick Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas or Texas Tech.

S Jarrick Williams (6-2, 205)

Commit: Alabama

While Williams will be rooting for his future school, Alabama, during the week in the BCS Championship Game, he'll also be showing why Nick Saban is so high on him.  The 10th ranked safety nationally is active and has some of the best ball skills of any safety in the country.

S Eric Reid (6-1, 202)

Commit: LSU

One of only two Louisiana natives selected to the game, the Geismar (La.) Dutchtown safety will roam around the secondary as he did the past four seasons, en route to being the #8-ranked safety in the country and the first All-American in school history.

A.J. Derby (6-5, 220)

Commit: Iowa

Iowa is getting a good one in the versatile Derby, who starred at quarterback for Iowa City HS this fall, but can play receiver or safety, either of which he'll play during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.  Derby is one of the best athletes coming to San Antonio.

CB Demetrius Wright (6-2, 195)

Considering: USC and Tennessee

One of the bigger and most physical cornerbacks in the country, the Corona (Calif.) prospect will likely stick at cornerback this week with a thin roster there, but he could blossom into an elite safety in college with his size and range. Recommended Stories

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