Top 25 defensive backs in Arkansas high school football

The 2020 Arkansas high school football season has arrived.

To kick off the season, SBLive is previewing the top players at every position. Here’s an inside look at the Top 25 defensive backs in Arkansas high school football. The list is in alphabetical order.



Jamal Brewer – Sr. – Hamburg

Brewer was listed as a top 50 recruit in Arkansas by Brewer plays wide receiver and on special teams for Hamburg, in addition to his defensive back duties.

Kolbi Crawford – Sr. – Bentonville

Crawford has received multiple scholarship offers. He is also a sprinter on the Bentonville track team.

Ja’quez Cross – Sr. – Fordyce

Cross, one of the most talented two-way players in the state, intercepted 10 passes last season for the 2A state champion Redbugs. On offense, he caught 58 passes for 975 yards and 14 touchdowns. He is committed to South Dakota State.

Tharon Davis – Jr. – Newport

Davis recorded five interceptions for Newport in 2019. He is committed to North Alabama.

Omarion Dickens – Jr. – Prescott

Dickens has received a scholarship offer from Kansas. He’s a top recruit in Arkansas’ 2022 class.

Michael Dunagan – Sr. – Atkins

Dunagan led all underclassmen in Arkansas with eight interceptions in 2019. He also plays basketball at Atkins.

Caleb Gray – Sr. – Russellville

Gray picked off six passes for Russellville last season.

Landen Haas – Jr. – Southside Batesville

Haas made 70 tackles and had three interceptions for Southside Batesville as a sophomore.

Jaiden Henry – Sr. – Van Buren

Henry was an all-state cornerback selection last season. He’s a playmaker. In a win over Solomon Springs last year, Henry had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a 56-yard TD reception and an interception.

Devin Holmes – Sr. – Wynne

Standing at 6-foot-4, Holmes has great size for a defensive back. He’s received two scholarship offers.

Zach Jarnagan – Sr. – Gentry

Jarnagan intercepted seven passes on defense and caught 50 passes for 799 yards and nine touchdowns on offense in 2019 for Gentry.

Jayden Jasna – Sr. – Greenwood

Jasna intercepted five passes for Greenwood last season.

James Jordan – Jr. – Robinson (Little Rock)

Jordan picked off five balls for Robinson in 2019.


Kaleb Knox – Sr. – Bryant

Knox has received a scholarship offer from University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He plays in the secondary alongside his twin brother Kyle at Bryant.

Kyle Knox – Sr. – Bryant

Knox is listed as a top 50 recruit in Arkansas by He won a 7A state championship last season with his twin brother Kaleb.

Dreyden Norwood – Sr. – Northside (Fort Smith)

Norwood is the consensus top recruit in Arkansas’ 2021 class. He’s committed to Texas A&M.

Daniel Perry – Jr. – Searcy

Perry had seven interceptions and 61 tackles for Searcy, the 6A state champs, as a sophomore.

Jaiden Ryals – Sr. – Cabot

Ryals intercepted five passes for Cabot last season. He also plays baseball.

Austin Schroeder – Sr. – Bryant

Schroeder picked off four passes for the 7A state champion Hornets last season.

Cain Simmons – Jr. – Benton

Simmons recorded 107 tackles and three picks as a sophomore for Benton, last year’s 6A runner up.

Liem Taylor – Jr. – Har-Ber (Springdale)

Taylor intercepted five passes in 2019 for Har-Ber.

Duke Walker – Jr. – Ozark

Walker made 56 tackles and had two interceptions last season. He is committed to Missouri for baseball.

Josiah Walpole – Sr. – Mountain Pine

Walpole picked off seven passes for Mountain Pine a year ago.

Brodie Williams – Sr. – Jonesboro

Williams has received four scholarship offers, per He made 41 tackles last season for Jonesboro playing all 12 games.

Jacolby Williams – Sr. – Ashdown

Williams has three scholarship offers, per his Twitter page. He’s the fastest player on Ashdown.


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