Second Team Defense
Derrick Alexander, DL, 6-3, 263, Washington (Tulsa, Okla.), Senior, Louisiana-Monroe
The Tulsa World named Alexander its player of the year after he registered 151 tackles and 14 sacks.Deonte Gibson, DL, 6-3, 225, St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio), Senior, Undecided
Gibson earned Cleveland Plain Defensive Player of the Year honors after a season in which he had 83 tackles and 16 sacks in the regular season alone. He helped lead St. Edward to the Division 1 title.Mario Edwards, DL, 6-4, 250, Ryan (Denton, Texas), Junior, Undecided
With 32 tackles for loss and 12 sacks, Edwards was the 4A defensive player of the year in his first season at Ryan.Daquan Romero, DL, 6-2, 215, Phoebus (Hampton, Va.), Senior, North CarolinaVideo
Romero, the Daily Press defensive player of the year, notched 19 sacks and led a stout Phoebus defense that was crucial to the Phantom’s Division 5 title run.Lamar Dawson, LB, 6-2, 240, Boyle County (Danville, Ky.), Senior, Undecided
One of the most heavily-recruited linebackers in the country, Dawson was in on 158 tackles and also grabbed four interceptions.Cameron Lynch, LB, 5-11, 220, Brookwood (Snellville, Ga.), Senior, Syracuse
Lynch did it all for Brookwood, accounting for 188 tackles, 17 1 / 2 sacks, and five interceptions, helping the Broncos capture the AAAAA title.
James Wilder, LB, 6-3, 230, Plant (Tampa, Fla.), Senior, Florida StateVideo
Wilder, who is considered the nation’s No. 1 recruit, excelled on both sides of the ball for 5A finalist Plant. At linebacker, he made 75 tackles and had eight sacks.Lawrence Thomas, LB, 6-4, 242, Renaissance (Detroit, Mich.), Senior, Michigan StateVideo
With 84 tackles, nine sacks, and four forced fumbles, Thomas was an all-state selection as well as a Free-Press Dream Team pick.Stephone Anthony, LB, 6-3, 220, Anson (Wadesboro, N.C.), Senior, Undecided
Anthony punished opposing offenses to the tune of 123 tackles, four sacks, and two interceptions, helping him gain all-state recognition.Doran Grant, DB, 5-11, 180, St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio), Senior, Undecided
Grant earned a reputation as one of the country’s finest shutdown cornerbacks. He was the Ohio Division 3 Defensive Player of the Year and the Akron Beacon Journal Player of the Year.Marcus Roberson, DB, 6-1, 190, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Senior, Undecided
One of the fastest-rising recruits this season, Roberson had three interceptions, seven pass deflections, and five pass break-ups.
Jabriel Washington, DB, 6-0, 170, Trinity Christian Academy (Jackson, Tenn.), Senior, AlabamaVideo
An impact player since his freshman season, Washington made 111 tackles and six interceptions while leading Trinity Christian to the state finals.DaVaris Daniels, DB, 6-2, 164, Vernon Hills (Vernon Hills, Ill.), Senior, Notre Dame
Not only did Daniels accumulate 1,773 all-purpose yards, but he intercepted six passes from the safety position en route to Chicago Sun-Times all-area honors.Eric Farkas, P, 5-11, 200, Seminole (Sanford, Fla.), Senior, Delaware
Farkas averaged over 47 yards per punt and placed 13 punts inside the 20-yard line.Kevin Askeland contributed to this story.