Many's Tackett Curtis, Tylen Singleton among top 2022 Shreveport area safeties
The 2022 high school football season is inching closer. Here's a look at some of the top safeties in the Shreveport area to watch and what some of their coaches said about them. The group includes at least four with significant college offers – Many’s Tackett Curtis and Tylen Singleton, Northwood’s Mar’Jayvious Moss and Evangel’s Kody Jackson.
North DeSoto, Sr.
Height/weight: 5-foot-9, 170-pounds
Why selected: Also a top Griffin wrestler, Addison is a two-year starter at safety who had a previous All-State performance and who is ready to shine in 2022.
Height/weight: 5-foot-11, 170-pounds
Why selected: Boley is a safety who has been starting since his freshman year. A former running back who has been moved to receiver on the offensive side.
Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 195-pounds
Why selected: Chitman started 12 games last season as a sophomore and finished third on the team in tackles. He had a great track season as a sophomore and will be the veteran this year in the secondary.
Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 220-pounds
Why selected: The two-time LSWA All-State 2A Defensive MVP has 46 Power-Five offers one of the best 2023 safeties in the country. Had 128 tackles, including 18 for a loss, with four interceptions and three forced fumbles in 2021.
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Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 215-pounds
Why selected: Great tackler with excellent cover skills and he totaled 55 tackles last season.
Height/weight: 5-foot-11, 189-pounds
Why selected: Guice is extremely intelligent. He does a great job putting people in spots and making the right call. Last year Guice has 26 tackles and two picks. He’s extremely coachable and smart on the back end. Getting looks from Grambling and Rhodes College.
Height/weight: 5-foot-8, 170-pounds
Why selected: A returning All-District 3-1A Defensive Most Valuable Player and all-state athlete. A high energy/motor guy.
North DeSoto, Jr.
Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 185-pounds
Why selected: A big safety who has already been receiving college offers.
Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 180-pounds
Why selected: Jackson has La. Tech and UL Lafayette offers. “Jackson is the fastest player on the team. He has a nose for the ball and is also a dangerous kick return specialist. Kody is a highly skilled football player who plays with his hair on fire; he has great ball skill -- when it’s in the air he believes it belongs to him.” – Coach Denny Duron
Height/weight: 5-10, 170
Why selected: A leader of a very stout Bearcat defense, Johnson had 56 tackles in 2021.
Height/weight: 6-0, 165-pounds
Why selected: Jones played in 10 of 11 games last season starting most of them. He was the second leading tackler on the team with 50 total tackles.
Height/weight: 5-foot-11, 170-pounds
Why selected: A returner in the secondary and not afraid to fill the alley. He plays fast and makes plays in the secondary.
Height/weight: 6-1, 185
Why selected: “Kamar brings extreme athleticism to the back end of the Raider defense. Kamar was by far the biggest defensive stand out during the spring for the Raiders, earning the Spring Defensive MVP.” – Coach Steve Dennis
Green Oaks, Jr.
Height/weight: 5-foot-8, 165-pounds
Why selected: Marshall is primed for a big year after having just received his first offer from Lane College. Honorable mention last year in 1-3A at safety.
Height/weight: 5-foot-11, 175-pounds
Why selected: “All-Everything, SEC, Big 12, Big 10 offers. The most complete football player in the state of Louisiana.” – Coach Austin Brown
Red River, Sr.
Height/weight: 5-foot-9, 165-pounds
Why selected: “Keymarion is one of those guys that surprises people when they see him play. He’s not very big but when he hits someone, everyone takes notice. He’s got good speed, plays well in space, and is always around the ball. He’s going to have a breakout season.” – Coach Jeff Harper
Height/weight: 5-foot-11, 200-pounds
Why selected: An All-District 1-4A performer as a sophomore who made big time plays. Reed is a physical linebacker who can run. The sky is the limit.
Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 190-pounds
Why selected: Sawyer was second in the district in interceptions last year. Hard hitter who will come downhill to hit you. He is a long, rangy kid who can cover deep from sideline to sideline or play in the box and make tackles.
Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 190-pounds
Why selected: Louisiana’s top 2024 player has offers from LSU, USC, Texas A&M, Notre Dame and Michigan. Singleton nabbed four interceptions, returning three for TDs, and had 75 tackles. Singleton covered the opponent’s best receiver through all 15 games.
Height/weight: 6-0, 205-pounds
Why selected: A hard working player who led the team with three interceptions and 62 total tackles last season.
Height/weight: 5-foot-10, 160-pounds
Why selected: Coming back after a season off, due to injury. Fast athlete with a nose for the ball. Had three interceptions and 35 tackles.
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