By Mike Casazza
That Jason Verrett is No. 2 on this list ought to say something about the quality of the No. 1 player, but there's plenty to like about Verrett. Unrecruited as a high school senior, it's impossible to find a recruiting service that awarded him any stars when he was a mediocre running back in Fairfield, Calif.
Fortunately for Verrett, he knew better and went to a junior college, where he was moved to cornerback in 2010 after redshirting in 2009. That decision is especially important today because it gave him three years to play for Gary Patterson at TCU. Verrett was honorable mention all-Mountain West in 2011, but an All-America last year with six interceptions and 20 pass break-ups.
No other player in the country was in the top 10 of both categories.
He's a little small at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, but Verrett plays the way cornerbacks are supposed to play. He can come forward to be physical and help against the run or cut down short passes, but he'll cover receivers in zone or in man and go deep without help.
Not bad for a player who wanted to quit after Baylor and Robert Griffin III threw for three touchdowns against Verrett in the 2011 season opener.