Time for some updated rankings. The 2017 rankings were a huge hit, but much has changed since the 2017 season. There have been players cut in the NFL, but also some players from the list were named All-Conference. The next Jason Sehorn could come from this list and break the 16 year drought of a white cornerback starting a NFL Game. Now it is time for the 2018 rankings:
1. Justus Parker, Texas Tech
What a season for Justus.
He finished the year with 4 interceptions (including a crucial, game-changing interception against Texas), he was named All-Big 12 Second Team, and he was given a scholarship in December by Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola.Justus this year was named to the All-Big 12 Preseason Team and will be starting for Texas Tech again at the nickel spot.
2. Ashtyn Davis, Cal
Ashtyn has been unfortunately moved to starting safety, but he does have experience in his early Cal career at cornerback. He is also a star on the Track & Field team as he was named First-Team All-American during the indoor season. Hopefully he makes a move back out to cornerback.
3. Jonathan Durham, Kansas State
One that slipped under our radar during the 2017 white cornerback rankings, Durham started against Iowa State. He finished his Redshirt Sophomore year with 12 tackles in 7 games played. Durham will compete this year for the starting cornerback or nickelback role on the Wildcats.
4. Brandon Ezell, San Jose State
Ezell will compete for a starting cornerback spot on this year’s San Jose State team. He played sparingly in 2017 as a JUCO transfer, but now will try to earn a starting role as a Senior. He also had a two punt returns last season for 15 yards.
5. Ethan Bonner, Stanford
One of the highest rated white cornerbacks in recent history (unofficial stat) Bonner was the 107th rated corner on 247 for the class of 2018. Bonner decommitted in August from Northwestern and instead committed to Stanford in December. Expect Bonner to be in the white cornerback rankings for a few years as he starts his Freshman year this year.
6. Austin McChesney, BYU
McChesney has faced major injuries in college as he has torn both ACLs. But that hasn’t stopped him from making the rankings. McChesney is a cornerback through and through, just look at this quote:
“They were thinking about moving me to safety but I’ll be a corner,” he said. “I played safety in high school. You have more freedom there. But in college, I’ve enjoyed corner and it’s grown on me. I have no problem staying. I love it. Wherever they think the best opportunity for me to play is, I’ll be there.”
McChesney will try to make an impact for BYU after his August 2017 ACL tear.
7. Garrett Binkley, SDSU
Binkley has the odds stacked against him. He received a scholarship in Fall 2017 camp, but tore his ACL in preparation for the Stanford game. Now Binkley sits fourth on the depth chart for the cornerback position. Also not in Binkley’s favor to making it to the NFL is he is only listed at 5’9 170 lbs. Still, being a scholarship white cornerback gets him on the rankings.
White Cornerback Prospects on the Radar
Jake Herbstreit- Nashville, TN
Yes. He’s the son of ESPN College Gameday’s Kirk Herbstreit. He is also the 232nd Rated Cornerback in the class of 2019
Dawson Hurst- Loomis, CA
242nd CB 2019. Offers from Cal Poly, Stetson, UC Davis
Justin Murray- Coppell, TX
244th CB 2019. Offers from Syracuse, Air Force, and Louisiana-Lafayette
Many of these players were found by comments left by the readers. So if there is someone I’m missing, let me know. As you can probably tell, it is tough to find white cornerbacks.