First Team Defense
DL – Eddie Vanderdoes, 6-3, 303, Placer (Auburn, Calif.), Senior
to the Sacramento Bee All-Metro Team and also a member of the U.S. Army
All-American Game, Vanderdoes registered 72 tackles and nine sacks for
DL – Tyquan Lewis, 6-4, 230, Tarboro (N.C.), Senior
earned first team All-State honors by the Associated Press and NC Preps
and was also named to the Class 2A All-State team. The Ohio State commit helped lead
Tarboro to its fifth-straight state championship game.DL – Montravius Adams, 6-3, 285, Dooly County (Vienna, Ga.), Senior
A participant in the Under Armour All-American Game, Adams was named the Class 1A Defensive MVP by the Associated Press and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He had 127 tackles, including 95 solo, with 7.5 sacks.DL – Kendell Beckwith, 6-2, 220, East Feliciana (Clinton, La.), Senior
The Class 3A State Player of the Year and the Baton Rouge Area Defensive Player of the Year, Beckwith also played in the Under Armour All-American Game. The LSU commit had 91 tackles, 23 for loss, with 17 sacks and two fumble recoveries.LB – Joe Martarano, 6-3, 230, Fruitland (Idaho), Senior
A two-sport athlete, Martarano will likely be selected in the MLB draft in June. In football, he was the Class 3A State Player of the Year by the Idaho Statesman after racking up 50 solo tackles with 84 assists, four interceptions and two sacks. The Boise State commit also threw for 1,175 yards (62 of 97) as a quarterback and rushed for 463 yards and 22 total touchdowns.
LB – Chans Cox, 6-3, 230, Blue Ridge (Lakeside, Ariz.), Senior
slowed by an ankle injury, Cox still earned first team All-Arizona
honors by the Arizona Republic and was selected to play in the U.S. Army
All-American Game. He is committed to Arizona State.LB – Jaylon Smith, 6-3, 225, Bishop Luers (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Senior
Regarded as the nation's top linebacker, Smith won the Dick Butkus Award, was Class 2A All-State and played in the U.S. Army All-American Game. The Notre Dame commit had 75 tackles, including 20 for loss, with eight sacks in leading Bishop Luers to a state title.LB – Duke Riley, 6-1, 205, Curtis (River Ridge, La.), Senior
Riley helped lead Curtis to a No. 1 national ranking by MaxPreps as he earned Small Schools Defensive Player of the Year Honors by the Times Picayune. He was also the Class 2A Defensive Player of the Year while making 124 tackles, including 19 for loss, for a defense that registered seven shutouts.LB – James Graves, 6-0, 215, Bassfield (Miss.), Senior
The Class 2A Defensive Player of the Year after leading Bassfield to a state title, Graves also earned a spot on the Jackson Clarion-Ledger All-State team. He finished the season with 100 tackles.
DB – Ty Slanina, 6-0, 185, East Bernard (Texas), Senior
An all-around athlete, Slanina led East Bernard to a 15-0 season with 38 total touchdowns. He is committed to TCU.DB – Tyler Boyd, 6-2, 175, Clairton (Pa.), Senior
The Player of the Year by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Boyd led Clairton to its fourth-straight state championship and the nation's longest active winning streak at 63 straight games. He had 117 career touchdowns and 5,755 yards rushing. As a senior, the Pittsburgh commit ran for 2,584 yards and 43 touchdowns and also caught 13 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns. He played in the U.S. Army All-American Game.DB – Nick Washington, 5-11, 170, Trinity Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.), Senior
A Class 3A All-State pick, Washington also played in the U.S. Army All-American Game and was named All-First Coast. The Florida commit had 48 tackles and three interceptions at safety.DB – Dee Paul, 5-11, 160, Munday (Texas), Senior
The Class 1A State Defensive Player of the Year, Paul led Munday to a 15-0 record and a state championship. He rushed 129 times for 1,959 yards and 32 touchdowns and also passed for 1,579 yards (65 of 117) for 23 scores. On defense, he had 57 tackles and eight interceptions.P – Jordan Bellar, 6-0, 165, Norfolk Catholic (Neb.), Senior
Besides quarterbacking Norfolk Catholic to a Class C-1 state championship, Bellar also earned Super State honors as a punter, averaging 45.1 yards per boot on 30 attempts.