Viva Loudoun college intern Joe Bushrod a graduate of Loudoun County High School and current student at Old Dominion University, has been scouting the returning Loudoun football players and will offer his top 5 at each position.
Previously Joe covered the:
- Top 5 quarterbacks
- Top 5 offensive guards/centers
- Top 5 offensive tackles
- Top 5 defensive ends
- Top 5 tight ends
- Top 5 running backs
Today he continues with his top 5 defensive backs and the No. 1 returning player at this position is Mitch Krisfalusi of Briar Woods.
1. Mitch Krisfalusi (SR) Briar Woods 5’11 165 Cornerback
The term lockdown corner does not fit any other player in the area other than Briar Woods’ Mitch Krisfalusi. In order to be able to be labeled as a lockdown corner, you must be able to play press coverage and still match the receiver stride for stride. This is one of the many qualities Krisfalusi possesses. For example, last year versus Loudoun County they kept testing him on the hitch route in attempt to draw him in for a double move later in the game. Krisfalusi, however, knew the Raiders were just throwing him the bait with the short routes. So when that double move came later on, he got eyes on the receiver, got positioning over top of the route, then proceeded to intercept the pass. Krisfalusi has a tremendous ability to match a receiver stride for stride and still play the ball without having to watch the quarterback. To be a great cornerback you must have confidence in yourself to play the isolated cornerback role and that’s exactly what Mitch Krisfalusi has.
2. Noah Reimers (JR) Tuscarora 5’11 195 Safety
Noah Reimers has developed into one of the premier players in the area on every side of the ball. Coming in as the first safety on our list, Reimers is the type of player that excels in pass coverage but can also come up and lay a hit on the ball carrier. Growing up in a family full of brothers, Reimers was always in competition. Both of his brothers Kelly and Jack played their football at Loudoun County and now Noah has taken his talents across town to Tuscarora, where he is really making a name for himself. Playing safety means you are the last line of defense and counted on to be the savior if any big plays pop off. When watching Reimers play safety, you can see him make all the proper to movements to have a correct angle on the play. With his concentration in the weight room this offseason I look forward to seeing the improvements in his game and the increase in his forced turnovers.
3. Trace McSorley (SR) Briar Woods 6’1 180 Safety
Our top rated Quarterback Trace McSorley is making his second appearance on our top 5 lists. Captain of the team and leader of the secondary, McSorley is responsible for all secondary checks and alignments. In most cases, quarterbacks tend to shy away from contact and lack the passion that is needed to be successful on defense. In McSorley, Briar Woods has a primetime quarterback who can step over on defense and be a playmaker at either the cornerback or safety spots. Tackling is a fundamental part of this game, and it is certainly not a weak point. It was his goal this summer to work on getting faster and bigger to prepare himself for his time at Vanderbilt next year. Word around the area is Briar Woods has looked pretty dominant in all offseason passing tournaments, well you can credit McSorley as the main contributor on both sides of the ball.
4.Grant Westbrook (SR) Heritage 5’9 160 Safety.
When I watch Grant Westbrook, the first word that comes to mind is “heart.” This student-athlete plays with his heart on his sleeve and his passion is magnified by his performance. To fill you in, Westbrook was the leader of the Pride last season even when playing with a cast on his right arm. Westbrook did not allow for that injury to affect his mentality as he was still fighting to bring down ball carriers with only one fully functional arm. As with most sports, a lot of football resides on the mental aspect of the game, such as game planning, coaching tendencies, player tendencies and knowing when in the game these tendencies will show up. Westbrook often moves down and become a box safety/linebacker when he knows its going to be a run, credit this to his studying prior to games. He plays every down at full tilt and really is the heart and soul of Heritage. Not the biggest safety in the world but he makes up for it with his proper positioning and superior athleticism.
5. Da’Qwan Earl (SR) Broad Run 5’10 165 Safety
Rounding up our top 5 secondary list is Broad Run’s 4-year starter in the secondary, DaQwan Earl. What I like about Earl is his willingness to fly into the box and put a lid on the ball carrier. In most scenarios it is not a good thing when a safety is having to make tackles, especially your best cover safety. In Earl’s case, he is all over the field making plays so some of his plays are even made behind the line of scrimmage. This kid is a ball hawk and will go get the ball if you make it available to him. Earl lines up as the strong side safety so he can give help on the tight end or slot when offenses are in multiple receiver sets. Don’t be surprised if he shows up at the end of the season with few accolades himself, this is definitely an All-District to an All-Region type of player with the ability to change a game at any moment.
Others To Watch:
*Josh Ammon (JR) John Champe Safety 6′ 185
*Paul Conteh (SR) Heritage Cornerback 6′ 170
*Chuck Davis (JR) Broad Run Safety 5’9 155
*Tylon Lynch (SR) Stone Bridge Cornerback 5’11 175
*James Manning (SR) Stone Bridge Safety 5’11 190
*Brandon McGurk (SR) Loudoun Valley Cornerback 5’9 160
*Braedon Urie (SR) Woodgrove Cornerback 5’10 175