- Derek Tyson, RecruitingNation
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- As we get closer and closer to spotlighting the class of 2014, GatorNation will give you a position-by-position look at a few 2014 prospects to keep an eye on.
Some prospects have already been offered, but there are plenty of names that will start to pop up along the way. Here is a look at a few of the top defensive backs in the 2014 class.
Needs: 2 safeties, 2-3 cornerbacks
S Duke Dawson (Cross City, Fla./Dixie Co.): The 5-foot-11 athlete earned offers from Florida and Florida State after camping at both schools last summer. The Gators are out front early but Dawson grew up an FSU fan.
CB Quincy Wilson (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova Southeast): After camping at several schools during the summer, Wilson earned offers from Florida, Clemson, Auburn, Ohio State, West Virginia, LSU and Michigan State, among many others. His father, Chad Wilson, played defensive back for Miami in the mid-90s.
CB D.J. Smith (Marietta, Ga./Walton): The talented cornerback has garnered offers from Florida, Georgia, Michigan State, Nebraska, South Carolina, Kentucky and Vanderbilt. Smith visited Florida earlier in the year and the Gators made a favorable impression. His recruitment will likely play out for a while, but Florida has positioned itself nicely.
CB Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic): Peppers has offers from just about every major program, including Alabama, Florida, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Rutgers, South Carolina, Stanford, USC and more. Florida has had success in New Jersey, but will it be enough to persuade the talented corner to choose the Gators?
S Todd Kelly Jr. (Knoxville, Tenn./Webb School of Knoxville): Like Peppers, Kelly has a who's who list of offers, including Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Cal, Florida, Florida State, Nebraska, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
S Kendall Gant (Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson): The Gators became the first school to offer Gant on Monday. The 6-2, 180-pound prospect is a ballhawking playmaker in the secondary. Gant is the son of former Dallas Cowboys defensive back Kenny Gant.