First Team Defense
Daeshon Hall, DL, 6-6, 230, Lancaster (Texas), Washington
The Class 4A Defensive Player of the Year is a Washington commit. He tallied 83 tackles and 18 sacks entering the 4A-II final.Carl Lawson, DL, 6-3, 245, Milton (Ga.), Senior
The Class Region 5-AAAAAA Defensive Player of the Year, the Auburn commit amassed a whopping 26 sacks as a senior.
Montravius Adams, DL, 6-3, 290, Dooly County (Vienna, Ga.), Senior
Playing defensive tackle, Adams still managed to record more than 127 tackles and 7.5 sacks for Dooly County, which was the Class A runner up. He was the Class 1A Defensive Player of the Year.Jonathan Allen, DL, 6-3, 263, Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.), Senior
Allen earned Washington Post Defensive Player of the Year honors. The Alabama commit recorded 119 tackles, eight sacks and six fumble recoveries. He also blocked five kicks.Peter Kalambayi, LB, 6-2, 240, Butler (Matthews, N.C.), Senior
The leader of a punishing Butler defense, the Stanford commit is the best defensive player from Mecklenberg County in more than a decade according to Langston Wertz of the Charlotte Observer.Jaylon Smith, LB, 6-4, 220, Bishop Luers (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Senior
Mr. Football in Indiana, Smith made 75 tackles (20 for a loss) and eight sacks. The Notre Dame commit also played offense for Bishop Luers, helping the Fort Wayne school win four consecutive state titles during his tenure.
Nathaniel Norwood, LB, 6-0, 220, Lovejoy (Ga.), Senior
A rare hybrid linebacker/nose tackle, Norwood recorded 123.5 tackles and 16.5 sacks and was the Clayton News Daily Defensive Player of the Year as well as the Class 6A Defensive Player of the Year.Michael Hutchings, LB, 6-2, 215, De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), Senior
The USC commit was the East Bay Athletic League MVP with 113 tackles, powering one of the nation's top defenses.Alex Anzalone, LB, 6-3, 225, Wyomissing (Pa.), Senior
Anzalone was a first team All-State pick after recording more than 100 tackles to go along with more than 1,500 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns as Wyomissing captured the Class AA state title. The Notre Dame commit was named the Class 2A Defensive Player of the Year by Pennsylvania Football News.Su'a Cravens, LB, 6-1, 205, Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, Calif.), Senior
did it all for Vista Murrieta, one of the state's top teams. He made 97
tackles and four interceptions to go along with eight sacks and three
blocked punts. He is committed to USC.
Max Redfield, DB, 6-2, 195, Mission Viejo (Calif.), Senior
The punishing safety collected Defensive Player of the Year honors from the Orange County Register. The Notre Dame commit intercepted four passes and blocked four punts.Tyler Boyd, DB, 6-2, 175, Clairton (Pa.), Senior
The best player on the team with the nation's longest winning streak, Boyd earned Post-Gazette Player of the Year honors. The Pitt commit played all over the field, including special teams and offense, where he scored 50 touchdowns.Stanvon Taylor, DB, 5-11, 160, East Central (Tulsa, Okla.), Senior
The Oklahoman Defensive Player of the Year, Taylor made 34 tackles and four interceptions and was highly productive on offense. He is committed to Oklahoma.Austin Rehkow, P, 6-3, 195, Central Valley (Veradale, Wash.), Senior
Rehkow nailed the most famous field goal of the season: a 67-yard blast against Shadley Park
. He also earned All-State honors as a punter.