FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
Gerald Willis, DL, 6-3, 250, Karr (New Orleans)
Already a top recruit in the
class of 2014, Willis contributed to the turnaround that Karr enjoyed,
reaching the Class 4A title game after starting the season 1-3.Da'shawn Hand, DL, 6-5, 245, Woodbridge (Va.)
With 84 tackles and 21 sacks, Hand was one of the nation’s most productive sophomores.
He was a first team All-Met selection
.Sam Mustipher, DL, 6-3, 300, Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.)
Mustipher was dominant at times, helping lead a stingy Good Counsel defense that was very strong against the run.Khairi Clark, DL, 6-3, 275, Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood, Fla.)
One of the premier interior defensive linemen in this class, Clark was an all-area pick by the Sun-Sentinel. He made 60 tackles, 20 of which were for a loss, and recorded 10 sacks.Vincent Jackson, LB, 6-2, 213, Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Jackson was a terror on defense, recording 62 tackles and eight sacks while also blocking a field goal attempt.Gelen Robinson, LB, 6-2, 220, Lake Central (St. John, Ind.)
The son of former Purdue basketball star Glenn, Robinson was the Northwest Indiana Times Defensive Player of the Year
after he registered 75 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and nine sacks.Raekwon McMillan, LB, 6-3, 225, Liberty County (Hinesville, Ga.)
McMillan, a bruising linebacker, will likely be one of Georgia’s top recruits for the class of 2014. He made 84 tackles, 16 for loss, earning Savannah Morning News all-area honors.Hoza Scott, LB, 6-3, 225, La Porte (Texas)
Scott was the only sophomore to earn All-Greater Houston honors from the Houston Chronicle
. He projects to be one of the state’s top recruits in the class of 2014.Petera Wilson, LB, 6-3, 205, White Station (Memphis, Tenn.)
Wilson was an MIAA 5A-6A all-area pick, the only sophomore to receive the honor.Justin Jackson, DB, 5-11, 170, Glenbard North (Carol Stream, Ill.)
Also a star running back and special teams performer, Jackson was a stand out in the secondary for Glenbard North, earning Daily Herald all-area honors.Dieguan Underwood, DB, 5-9, 160, Beach Channel (Rockaway Park, N.Y.)
Also impressive at running back, Underwood received all-area recognition by the New York Post after hauling in four interceptions.
Quin Blanding, DB, 6-2, 185, Bayside (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Blanding already owns several offers for his fine play at safety for Bayside.Ricky Gibson, DB, 6-2, 182, Marksville (La.)
Gibson had one of the finest seasons of any sophomore, compiling 146 tackles and forcing four fumbles. He was a first team all-state pick in Louisiana’s Class 3A and was the All-Cenla Defensive Player of the Year.Justin Barron, P, 5-11, 180, Falcon (Colo.)
Barron was the nation’s leading sophomore punter, averaging nearly 48 yards per punt, with a long of 70 yards.