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Who are they: CB A’Khoury Lyde (Wayne, New Jersey), CB Avyonne Jones (Southlake, Texas), S Austin Brown (Johnston City, Illinois), S Deven Magli (DeForest, Wisconsin), S Jackson Trudgeon (Madison)
Quick scan: Lyde and Jones both show good range and impressive length as cornerbacks, a position UW will need new faces to step up to next season. Lyde missed most of the season with a knee injury, but Jones showed good instincts on the jump lanes. UW has added some variety to its safety group with prospects for the Class of 2022. Brown, who has accepted a scholarship offer, is a downhill physical player who can be a force in the running game while making plays on balls in the air. Magli and Trudgeon are extras, but Magli opted out of a scholarship to North Dakota to play at UW. They both show the ability to play on the balls in the air that Leonhard appreciates.
Hank Poteat’s thoughts on Lyde and Jones: “Avyonne Jones, he is very explosive. When I watch him attack the ball in the air, he does a very good job. … Did a lot for his team, came from a very good program, and the way they prepared them for this level, I think they did a good job. When you talk about the ball with him, he really understands the game and he did a lot for them in terms of getting the first set and communicating at the back. … A’Khoury Lyde, liked him because he played several things, played on the attacking side of the ball. It carried over to defense, that offensive skill set, to be able to make a play, ball skills and really change the game. Those are the type of athletes you want to play at cornerback, having ball skills. … He has this mentality that I always talk about, being a dog and being aggressive, he does that.”