Niquekko Cook

Meade, defensive end, senior

A prototypical defensive end at 6 feet 4, 240 pounds, Cook has long arms that make it difficult for offensive linemen to engage him. Last season, he had 48 tackles, seven sacks and two forced fumbles. He has been invited to the NUC All-American Game.

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McDonogh, linebacker, junior

A dominating run stopper between the tackles, Cook leads a strong linebacking corps as the Eagles look to make a big move in the MIAA A Conference. The intense 6-2, 235-pound team leader is also a great blitzer. He had 98 tackles and seven sacks a year ago.

Cory Daniel

River Hill, linebacker, senior

A solid tight end for the Class 3A state champion Hawks last season, Daniel should have a breakout season on defense with his intensity and competitiveness. At 6-2, 220 pounds, he was an undefeated state wrestling champion at 195 pounds as a junior.

Nnamdi Egbuaba

St. Frances, linebacker, senior

After only nine months on the gridiron, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker from Nigeria is drawing attention from Football Bowl Subdivision coaches. Also strong at defensive end, Egbuaba had four sacks in the Panthers’ season-opening 48-7 win over Nease (Fla.), proof that he can completely disrupt offenses.

Sherrod Hawkes

Patterson, linebacker, senior

With speed to cover sideline to sideline, Hawkes can play both linebacker and strong safety. Doubling as the Clippers’ featured running back, he also carries the ball about 25 times a game. At 5-10, 195 pounds, he added 10 pounds over the summer.

Marcus Hicks

Old Mill, defensive back, senior

The 5-10, 170-pound All-Metro safety made at least one big play in every game last year, finishing with 76 tackles, six interceptions and five forced fumbles. His versatility kept him on the field as a running back and on special teams. He returned one kickoff for 100 yards.

Melvin Keihn

Gilman, defensive end, senior