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Recruit watch: The highest-ranked defensive backs still considering SEC schools

Patrick Surtain Jr.
COURTESY OF 247SPORTS.COM

If your favorite school is looking for a stud corner, there are a lot still on the market as we approach National Signing Day. Alas, if your favorite school is searching for a safety, there are slim pickings.

The positions with the highest number of uncommitted big-timers is wide receiver and cornerback, and most of the top corners are considering numerous SEC programs.

Here is a look at the top-five uncommitted SEC targets at defensive back.

CB Patrick Surtain Jr.

The particulars: Surtain (6 feet 2, 181 pounds) is a five-star prospect from Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage
The skinny: Surtain (pictured above), from the Fort Lauderdale suburbs, is considered the top cornerback in the class as well as a top-10 prospect overall. He is the son of former longtime NFL cornerback Patrick Surtain, who also is the coach at American Heritage, which is one of the best private-school programs in the nation. Surtain Jr. has long been thought to be a LSU lean, and he visited Baton Rouge on January 12. He visited Alabama the next weekend, and the Tide and Miami still are in the hunt. Still, it would be a surprise if Surtain did not end up at LSU.

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CB Tyson Campbell

The particulars: Campbell (6-2, 180 pounds) is a five-star prospect from Plantation American Heritage.
The skinny: Campbell is considered the second-best corner in the nation – imagine one high school team with the two best corners in the nation – and a top-15 prospect overall. It appears Alabama, Georgia and Miami have separated themselves from the rest, though a visit to Tennessee this weekend means the Vols are at least in the discussion. Campbell visited Georgia on January 12 and Alabama on January 19, and is scheduled to visit Miami next week. Georgia seems to be in the lead.

CB Olaijah Griffin

The particulars: Griffin (6-0, 170 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Mission Viejo (Calif.) High
The skinny: Griffin is one of the top three corners nationally and is a top-30 prospect overall. He was committed to UCLA for five months before decommitting December 30. He re-opened his commitment two weeks after a visit to Knoxville, so Tennessee definitely is in the hunt. So are Alabama and Auburn; the Tigers get his final visit. He also visited Oregon and USC, which is seen as the slight favorite; USC’s campus is about 60 miles from Mission Viejo High. He appears as wide open as any top uncommitted prospect.

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