Analyzing the best Dallas-area high school cornerbacks in the Class of 2025

Cornerback has been one of the most talent-rich positions in the dallas area the last couple of years. The Class of 2023 featured four All-Americans, and last year’s class had six cornerbacks who signed with teams in Power 5 conferences.

There are only eight cornerbacks in the Area Top 100 for the Class of 2025, tied with quarterback and defensive line for the fifth-most at one position. They trail wide receivers (27), offensive linemen (19), linebackers (11) and safeties (10).

But all eight cornerbacks have made their college commitments. And they are all headed to FBS programs.

Here is a breakdown of the top cornerback recruits in the Dallas area:

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Javion Holiday, Duncanville

The three-star recruit from back-to-back Class 6A Division I state champion Duncanville is the No. 1 cornerback in the area for the Class of 2025, and he is committed to SMU. He is the No. 25 overall recruit in the area, and he is rated the 48th-best cornerback in the nation.

Holiday (6-1, 182) is the eighth defensive back from the Dallas area to sign with or commit to SMU in the last two recruiting classes. He joins a list that includes Duncanville’s Ka’Davion Dotson, Dallas Christian’s William Nettles, Carrollton Newman Smith’s Jaylen Moses and Cedar Hill’s Alexander Rodgers for the Class of 2024 and Anna’s Zay Gentry, DeSoto’s Sael Reyes and Duncanville’s Tyren Polley Jr. for the Class of 2025.

Zay Gentry, Anna

The three-star SMU pledge is the No. 33 overall recruit and the No. 2 cornerback in the area. He has transferred from McKinney to Anna for his senior season, and he joins an Anna program that won the Class 4A Division I state title last season and is moving up to 5A Division II next season in realignment.

Gentry (6-2, 170), rated the 46th-best cornerback in the nation, had 76 tackles, 14 pass breakups and three interceptions over the last two seasons as McKinney compiled a record of 17-8. He was a regional qualifier in the 110-meter hurdles in track this spring, and he had a season-best time of 14.09. He also jumped 22 feet, 6 inches in the long jump.

Maliek Hawkins, Frisco Emerson

The three-star Oklahoma pledge is rated the 36th-best player in the Dallas area, the 52nd-best cornerback in the nation and the 93rd-best recruit in Texas for the Class of 2025. In his first season at Emerson after transferring from Allen, Hawkins helped a 12-3 team reach the Class 5A Division II state semifinals in its second year of varsity play.

Hawkins is an OU legacy. His older brother, Michael Hawkins Jr., is a four-star quarterback who signed with Oklahoma in December and will be a freshman there this fall. The Hawkins’ father, Mike, played at OU before going on to the NFL.

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Kobi Foreman, Richardson Berkner

The three-star recruit committed to Oklahoma State on June 28, choosing the Cowboys over offers from TCU, Texas Tech, Baylor, SMU, Arizona State, Arkansas and Houston, among others. Foreman (5-11, 170) is the No. 40 recruit in the area and is rated the 44th-best cornerback in the nation.

He is one of the faster cornerbacks in the area, having run 10.73 in the 100 meters and 21.96 in the 200 in track. He was a regional qualifier in the 200 in 2023 and in the 100 in 2024.

Draden Fullbright, North Crowley

The three-star Tulsa pledge is a move-in from Georgia. Fullbright (5-11, 160) is the No. 76 recruit in the area and the No. 55 cornerback in the country, and he lists offers from Georgia, Florida State and USC, among others.

He joins a North Crowley team that is coming off a 14-1 season and its first state semifinal appearance since 2003. North Crowley ranked sixth among area 6A teams in total defense, was No. 3 in run defense and No. 5 in scoring defense (17.20 points per game).

Chase Coleman, Frisco Memorial

The three-star UCLA pledge is the son of an NFL champion. His father, Fred, was a wide receiver who played eight games on the Patriots team that won the Super Bowl in the 2001 season.

Coleman (6-2, 160), the No. 78 recruit in the area, had two interceptions last year. He set a personal bests of 20-2 in the long jump and 41-8 in the triple jump this past track season.

Ja’Bree Bickham, McKinney

The three-star Boise State pledge is a versatile athlete who is listed as the No. 115 cornerback in the nation but is also listed as a wide receiver on his 247Sports recruiting page. Bickham (6-3, 180) is rated the 83rd-best player in the Dallas area, and he ran a personal best of 10.98 in the 100 meters this spring.

Cordarian Powell, Royse City

The Texas State pledge just cracked the Area Top 100, coming in at No. 94. Powell (6-1, 165) had three interceptions and 15 pass breakups last season.

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