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Current and future: Cornerbacks

8/13/2012

As the 2012 season approaches, GigEmNation will take a look at where the Aggies stand currently and in the future at each position group. Today, we glance at the cornerbacks.

Current: Deshazor Everett, De'Vante Harris, Dustin Harris, Toney Hurd, Tramain Jacobs, Floyd Raven

Everett has the flexibility to line up at both cornerback and safety. He has spent time at both during fall camp, and on Saturday in the Aggies' scrimmage, Everett played a lot of safety. The sophomore saw action in every regular season games last year as a reserve and a special teams player. When Everett lined up at safety, senior Dustin Harris and freshman De'Vante Harris lined up at the corners. Dustin Harris is a three-year letterman and has been a punt-returning ace for the Aggies, but has also seen plenty of playing time, including some starting time, in the secondary. De'Vante Harris, a 2012 signee from Mesquite (Texas) Horn, has clearly made an impression on the coaching staff thus far. He was an Under Armour All-American at Horn and a district MVP as a senior.

Toney Hurd is another who can play both safety and corner and could see a lot of time at the nickel cornerback position, where he lined up several times on Saturday. Hurd, a junior, started two games at safety last year and saw action in all 13 games and also played 12 games as a freshman.

The secondary overall is still mostly young and/or inexperienced. Raven is a sophomore who saw time on special teams and at cornerback as a backup last year in 12 games while Jacobs, a junior, is a transfer from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College who joined the squad in January and participated in spring practice.

Future: Noel Ellis, Tavares Garner

Ellis, a four-star recruit from New Orleans/Edna Karr, is the 17th-ranked cornerback in the country and the seventh-ranked prospect overall in Louisiana. He is a member of the ESPN 300 (no. 162) and at 5-foot-10, 170, has good speed and quickness. Garner is one of two players from Manvel, Texas/Manvel heading to Texas A&M (receiver Kyrion Parker is the other). The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Garner is a three-star recruit who is ranked 47th at his position nationally and 99th overall in the state of Texas.