Shreveport area high school football: 21 cornerbacks to watch in 2022

Jimmy Watson
Shreveport Times

The 2022 high school football season is inching closer. Here's a look at some of the top cornerbacks in the Shreveport area to watch and what some of their coaches said about them. 

Brennan Benton

Minden, Jr.

Height/weight: 6-1, 160

Why selected: “Solid sophomore season. Fast, explosive athlete with great ability to cover and high-point a ball.” – Coach Spencer Heard 

Tre Davis

Calvary, Jr.

Height/weight: 5-11, 160

Why selected: “A great cover guy who totaled 46 tackles in 2021.” – Coach Rodney Guin

Trey Dewitt

Mansfield, Sr. 

Height/weight: 6-2, 180

Why selected: The rangy Dewitt has the ability to keep a big receiver from high-pointing the ball. 

Amite running back Earl Jackson (1) is pulled across the goal line for a touchdown against Many defensive back Tylen Singleton (2) in the second half in the LHSAA Class 2A State Championship in the Superdome in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Cortaveous Dorsey

Green Oaks, So.

Height/weight: 6-0, 145

Why selected: “Saw a huge growth with confidence and speed this offseason. Saw plenty of playing time as a freshman.” – Coach Chadwick Lewis

Landon Duggan

Benton, Sr.

Height/weight: 5-10, 165

Why selected: “Very versatile athlete. Played receiver, running back and cornerback last year. Great, quick feet and uses his hands well to jam receivers or to maintain contact while he's running downfield with them. Extremely hard worker and tough kid.” – Coach Reynolds Moore

Tre Fuller

Captain Shreve, So.

Height/weight: 6-2, 175

Why selected: “Tre started seven games for us as a freshman last season and is a ballhawk in the secondary. He’s going to be a big-time player in the state of Louisiana in the coming years and already holds an offer from Grambling.”

Ju’won Harris

Red River, Sr.

Height/weight: 5-9, 160

Why selected: “He’s great in coverage, plays the ball well, and is very physical. He could easily transition to receiver for us if necessary. Harris has very good speed which will serve him well leading our secondary and special teams this fall.” – Coach Jeff Harper

Ashtin Jackson

Parkway, Jr.

Height/weight: 6-3, 170

Why selected: “Started 12 of 13 games last season and had a great three games in the playoffs covering some of the best receivers in the state last year. The tall corner looks to have a breakout season.” – Coach Coy Brotherton 

Kody Jackson

Evangel, Sr.

Height/weight: 6-2, 180

Why selected: “Currently holding Louisiana Tech and ULL offers, Jackson is the fastest Eagle. He has a nose for the ball and plays like his hair is on fire.” – Coach Denny Duron

Cajuan Johns

Southwood, Sr. 

Height/weight: 5-9, 175

Why selected: Johns likes the challenge of covering the opponents’ best receiver and he usually wins the battle.

Otis Kent 

Glenbrook, Sr. 

Height/weight: 5-9, 157

Why selected: Has tremendous cover skills and rarely misses a tackle. 

Jake McGee

Captain Shreve, Sr.

Height/weight: 5-9, 152

Why selected: “Jake has shown the most improvement this offseason and has dedicated himself to being a better player and leader for our program. Extremely smart player who makes our calls in the secondary.” – Coach Adam Kirby 

Jordan McWain

Ruston, Sr.

Height/weight: 6-0, 158

Why selected: McWain had a great 2021 with 24 tackles, including three for a loss, and six pass breakups.

Chris Montgomery

Airline, Sr.

Height/weight: 5-10, 175

Why selected: “Chris is a great cover corner with the ability to play safety at the next level. He is very versatile and moves well.” – Coach Justin Scogin 

DJ Riser

Haughton, Sr.

Height/weight: 5-11, 175

Why selected: “Picked off three footballs last year and improved every week during the season.” – Coach Jason Brotherton

Cooper Sanders

North Webster, Sr.

Height/weight: 5-11, 175

Why selected: “Cooper is one of the heartbeats of our team. A great leader. Has started at some position since he was a sophomore.” – Coach John Ware 

Jay Smart

Many, Sr.

Height/weight: 6-0, 185

Why selected: “Jay is one of the best man corners in that state. Plays three sports and is being recruited in football and baseball.” – Coach Jess Curtis

Chase Stewart

Northwood, Jr.

Height/weight: 5-8, 160

Why selected: “Stewart has grown up a lot on the 7-on7 circuit playing the Elite squad out of Monroe. He has great patience and closing speed to the ball.” – Coach Austin Brown  

LaMichael Taylor    

Byrd, Sr.

Height/weight: 5-10, 163

Why selected: Taylor played in majority of the games last year, starting most of them. He had 15 tackles, three pass breakups and a fumble recovery.

Tyler Welch

Huntington, So.

Height/weight: 6-2, 175

Why selected: "Tyler is no stranger to the Friday night lights, having started five games last season picking off two passes during the Raiders' playoff run. Tyler Welch is a name that many will recognize soon as one of the best young cover men." – Coach Steve Dennis

J’Shun Youngblood

Bossier, Jr. 

Height/weight: 6-0, 190

Why selected: “Youngblood is by far one of the most athletic/talented defensive backs I’ve ever seen. Transfer from North Desoto. I see amazing things from this young man.” – Coach De’Aumante Johnson

Jimmy Watson covers Shreveport-Bossier area sports. Email him at jwatson@shreveporttimes.com and follow him on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.