Is Derwin James the top player in the country?
ESPN certainly thinks so.
In an article published by ESPN, James was ranked as the No. 1 player in the country, ahead of names such as Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, USC’s Sam Darnold and LSU’s Derrius Guice. James was even slotted ahead of the Lamar Jackson, the defending Heisman Trophy winner.
ESPN created a panel of various writers, analysts and reporters, so James being ranked No. 1 speaks to a consensus opinion amongst their college football staff.
Here is what ESPN said about James.
Perhaps the most versatile player in college football, expectations for James are skyrocketing after an offseason spent rehabbing his knee and learning nearly every position on defense. Expect him to line up at his usual safety spot, while also playing cornerback, linebacker and some defensive end.
Fellow Florida State teammates Tarvarus McFadden (No. 25), Josh Sweat (No. 24), and Deondre Francois (No. 11) found themselves in the Top-25 as well.
Florida State opens their 2017 season against Alabama in Atlanta, where James will be waiting to make his return to the national stage.