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@RodrickP16, @AaronnnnW, and @MalikiCrawford Have Cornered the Market

There are plenty of defensive back prospects in California, but there are none better in the Class of 2023 than Rodrick Pleasant, Aaron Williams, and Maliki Crawford. The best thing going for California quarterbacks is that these three don’t play on the same high school team.

In most high school recruiting rankings, Pleasant of Junipero Serra, Williams of Centennial, and Crawford from Pacifica; are the three best cornerbacks in the state. They just might be the three best in any class in the entire nation. Here’s a look at each.

Rodrick Pleasant – Junipero Serra

Pleasant is 5-feet-11-inches tall and checks in right around 180 pounds. He has all the skills that FBS programs around the nation are looking for but if there is one reason why Pleasant will be starting at a Power 5 school in the next few years it is his speed.

Pleasant possesses world-class speed for his age. During track season, Pleasant clocked the fastest 100 meters ever in the state of California by a sophomore – 10.32. If you ever wondered how 10.32 100-meter speed translates to the football field, see the clip below.

Here he is in the spring in a game against Long Beach Poly. Pleasant’s speed is one of the big reasons why he has nearly two dozen FBS scholarship offers. More will likely roll in as his junior season progresses.

Maliki Crawford – Pacifica

It’s easy to see why Crawford was coveted by many of the top Power 5 programs in the country. It’s not often that you find a 6-3 guy that actually plays like a corner. Some guys that tall have a tough time getting in and out of breaks or changing direction. Not Crawford.

That’s why the Pacifica junior received over 15 offers. He would likely have received more, but Crawford made the decision to commit to UCLA early.

Crawford has spent countless hours perfecting his craft. Check him out in the clip below from the summer. His continued efforts make him one of the most coveted high school defensive backs in the country.

Aaron Williams – Centennial

Like Crawford and Pleasant, Williams is believed to be the best corner in California. Williams might be the perfect blend of Crawford and Pleasant. He’s right around 6-2, so he’s got that length that college defensive coaches love.

He’s not quite as fast as Pleasant’s 10.3 100 meters, but he can definitely run. That’s why Williams has received roughly two dozen FBS offers already. Like Crawford, Williams was offered by UCLA.

Centennial remains unbeaten and part of the reason why is because the defense is outstanding. One of the reasons the defense has been so good is because of Williams. While Williams is extremely good in the highlight video below, he is even better this fall.

Williams has offers from 10 of the 12 schools in the Pac-12.

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