The USA TODAY High School Sports Awards is pleased to announce the 2021-22 All-USA TODAY HSSA Defensive Football Team!
These 24 standouts will be honored as nominees for national Defensive Football Player of the Year. The winner, along with three finalists, will be revealed July 31 during an on-demand broadcast, which this year will feature top athletes in 29 boys and girls sports awards categories as well as special honors like Special Olympics Athlete of the Year, Rising Star and Play of the Year.
All national nominees must register to provide show information and receive important updates regarding the show. To register, click on the “REGISTER” button on the event website.
2021-22 All-USA TODAY HSSA Defensive Football:
Jeremiah Alexander, EDGE, Thompson High School (Alabama) — Sr.
David Bailey, EDGE, Mater Dei High School (California) — Sr.
Rueben Bain, DL, Miami Central High School (Florida) — Jr.
Josh Burnham, LB, Central High School (Michigan) — Sr.
Caleb Downs, S, Mill Creek High School (Georgia) — Jr.
Jaeden Gould, DB, Bergen Catholic High School (New Jersey) — Sr.
Malaki Hamrick, LB, Shelby High School (North Carolina) — Sr.
C.J. Hicks, LB, Archbishop Alter High School (Ohio) — Sr.
David Hicks, DL, Allen High School (Texas) — Jr.
Anthony Hill Jr., LB, Ryan High School (Texas) — Jr.
Travis Hunter, DB, Collins Hill High School (Georgia) — Sr.
Kenyatta Jackson, DL, Chaminade-Madonna Prep (Florida) — Sr.
Kayin Lee, DB, Cedar Grove High School (Georgia) — Jr.
Jacoby Mathews, S, Ponchatoula High School (Louisiana) — Sr.
Shawn Murphy, LB, Unity Reed High School (Virginia) — Sr.
Walter Nolen III, DL, Powell High School (Tennessee) — Sr.
Xavier Nwankpa, S, Southeast Polk High School (Iowa) — Sr.
Harold Perkins, LB, Cypress Park High School (Texas) — Sr.
Khurtiss Perry, DL, Pike Road High School (Alabama) — Sr.
Gabe Powers, LB, Marysville High School (Ohio) — Sr.
Jaheim Singletary, DB, Riverside High School (Florida) — Sr.
Jaylen Sneed, LB, Hilton Head High School (South Carolina) — Sr.
Shemar Stewart, EDGE, Monsignor Edward Pace High School (Florida) — Sr.
Mykel Williams, DL, Hardaway High School (Georgia) — Sr.
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