The Central Section has 15 players in the Class of 2015 who have proven to be game changers in the secondary. Some are ball hawks, others are tall and physical, then there are the ones who can line up in so many ways.
Here's a closer look at this deep and talented list (all photos by Lorenzo J. Reyna):
TYLER HORTON, EDISON-FRESNO
Horton is the most wanted Tiger on the recruiting trail, with six scholarship offers and interest from big-time schools in the PAC-12 and Big 12. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Horton has improved his press ability during the offseason. He's no longer lunging at wide receivers and keeps himself squared on a receiver while following his every move. His background as a wide receiver gives him an edge with snatching interceptions and picking up on a receiver's route. Colleges should also be impressed with Horton's football IQ. On a Tiger team with at least 10 potential NCAA Division I prospects, Horton is one of the most versatile athletes at Edison.
A.J. GREELEY, EDISON-FRESNO
Greeley is a machine when it comes to jamming receivers. The 6-foot, 170-pound Greeley has long arms and violent palms that can knock wide receivers back two to five yards. Greeley does a consistent job of locking his hands between a receivers' number and rattle his route. Outside of pressing at the line, he has the cover speed to blanket receivers. The former Tiger quarterback and Fresno State commit has to be the most physical cornerback to come from Edison since former Tiger star Cliff Harris.
JU'WAN MURPHY, EDISON-FRESNO
Murphy might be the most underrated defensive back for the Tigers. He's had a quiet recruiting period but on the field, he shows solid instincts and closing speed from his cornerback spot. Like Horton and Greeley, Murphy is another versatile Tiger who has lined up at safety and wide receiver. He's recently picked up interest from the University of Idaho.
DEHLON PRESTON, CENTRAL-FRESNO
The San Jose State commit is undersized but feisty. The 5-foot-8 Preston is physical at the line and shadows wide receivers all game. He won't back away from a challenge.
SAVION SIMMS, CENTRAL-FRESNO
Simms has improved his cornerback play this offseason at different tournaments and has landed four scholarship offers (Northern Arizona, Montana State, Idaho and Eastern Washington). He does an excellent job of tracking down the football from his cornerback spot. His speed also makes it hard for wide receivers to out-run him. The 5-foot-7 Simms also is a punishing hitter. That's good news for a Central secondary that's produced headhunters Hatari Byrd (Oklahoma) and Devon Brewer (Arizona).
JOVONTE PAGE, CENTRAL-FRESNO
Page is a versatile and wild safety for the Grizzlies. He's a Troy Polamalu-type for Central with his ability to line up near the line of scrimmage and crash down on a running play or screen pass. Page also can jam and disrupt receivers at the line when he lines up at cornerback. He's the Grizzlies' most underrated prospect.
NORUWA OBANOR, CLOVIS NORTH
Obanor is a tall and physical 6-foot-2 specimen who's physical against receivers. His hip direction can use some more work, but Obanor's presence and physical nature makes it hard for quarterbacks to throw his way.
BRANSIN JOHNSON, CLOVIS NORTH
Also a slot wide receiver, Johnson does his most damage at safety with his eyes, closing speed and hands. Johnson has drawn interest from the Mountain West and PAC-12. He holds one scholarship offer from Weber State.
LEANDRE JEFFERSON, MISSION OAK-TULARE
Another versatile playmaker in the 559. Jefferson has speed and wide receiver-like hands on defense. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Jefferson holds two offers from UNLV and Wyoming.
WILLIE FAIRMAN, ROOSEVELT-FRESNO
Fairman led the Rough Riders in interceptions with seven last season. The 5-foot-10, 155-pound Fairman has good vision and reaction skills to the football. Along with interceptions, he led the Rough Riders in all-purpose yards with 2,688.
ANTHONY MARISCAL, LIBERTY-BAKERSFIELD
The Arizona commit is one of the most versatile weapons in Kern County. His future could be at safety based off of his size (6-foot, 190-pounds) and cover speed. Mariscal has the hands to be a ball hawking safety, but he's still learning the position. His speed, though, should make him an ideal safety for the Wildcats' 3-3-5 defense.
ARTIE MAY, BULLARD-FRESNO
The Knights lost Nautica Fleming (San Jose State commit) to graduation in June 2014. May now steps in as Bullard's possible shutdown corner for this season. May has long arms and physical strength. He lacks speed. His physical nature, though, should help the usually physical Knight defense.
JOHN BROWN, BULLARD-FRESNO
Brown has lined up at receiver and cornerback. He's a devastating playmaker at both spots. He's undersized as a cornerback (5-foot-8). But Brown brings speed and hands on defense.
JORDAN MARTINEZ, FIREBAUGH
At an underrated but competitive Division V powerhouse in north Fresno County, Martinez has doubled as a talented receiver and safety. Martinez has 14 career interceptions with the Eagles' varsity squad. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Martinez had six interceptions last season.
HANK WIGGINS, CLOVIS
Wiggins has risen up to challenges this offseason. At 5-foot-7, he's at a height disadvantage. However, he's shown his physical strength and long arms under the Friday night lights and at different tournaments, especially against taller receivers. His closing speed is another plus.