Top five strong safety prospects in college football

The 49ers’ strong safety, Donte Whitner, will be a free agent next offseason. Here are five strong safeties the 49ers could potentially draft to replace Whitner in 2014.

1. Karlos Williams, 6-1, 230, Jr., Florida State. A five-star recruit in 2010, Rivals.com ranked Williams the eight-best prospect and compared him to Adrian Wilson. Williams made his first start for the Seminoles in the ACC Championship Game against Georgia Tech and made 11 tackles and an interception.  Williams also returns kicks.

2. Craig Loston, 6-2, 205, Sr., LSU. A five-star recruit in 2009, Rivals.com ranked Loston the best safety in the country and the 20th-best prospect. He played next to Eric Reid in 2012 and recorded 55 total tackles, two interceptions and one touchdown.

3. Kyshoen Jarrett, 5-11, 194, Jr., Virginia Tech. A four-star recruit in 2010. Jim Harbaugh recruited him at Stanford but Jarrett chose to go to Virginia Tech. As a true sophomore in 2012, Jarrett made 83 total tackles.

4. Sean Parker, 5-10, 190, Sr., Washington. A four-star recruit, Parker was recruited by Jim Harbaugh at Stanford like Jarrett, but chose to go to Washington. The past two season, he has made 168 total tackles.

5. Deone Bucannon, 6-1, 198, Sr., Washington State. A three-star recruit, Bucannon was not recruited by Jim Harbaugh and Stanford. But Bucannon won a starting job as a true freshman, and has made 270 total tackles in three collegiate seasons.

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