Football: Defensive players to watch

Roman Braglio

McDonogh, defensive end, senior

A bookend on the Eagles' defensive line with Allen Jackson, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Braglio, who is headed to Maryland, had 67 tackles and 10 sacks a year ago.

Da'Quan Davis

Calvert Hall, defensive back, senior

A shutdown corner for the defending MIAA A Conference champs, the 5-foot-10, 172-pound Davis, who has committed to West Virginia, had 19unassisted tackles last season and two interceptions.

Kenneth Goins

Gilman, defensive end, senior

The 6-foot, 210-pound All-Metro end has a nose for getting the quarterback, recording 18 sacks last season. He also had 23 tackles for a loss, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Allen Jackson

McDonogh, defensive end, senior

Headed for Duke, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Jackson had 87 tackles and nine sacks last season. He and fellow end Roman Braglio will be key to the Eagles contending in the A Conference.

Rafael Kess

Old Mill, linebacker, senior

A big middle linebacker at 6-foot, 220pounds, Kess is a powerful force against opposing ball carriers and quarterbacks. Last season, he had 60tackles — 42 of them solo — and six sacks.

Josh McPhearson

Annapolis Area Christian, defensive back, senior

A transfer from Riverdale Baptist, McPhearson will play on both sides of the ball. As a defensive back, he has the recovery speed, quick feet and athleticism to make an impact.

Dan Mullen

South Carroll, defensive back, senior

One of the keys to the Cavaliers' 11-1 season, Mullen does a little bit of everything. At strong safety, he had 67 tackles and three interceptions. He had a combined 15 touchdowns rushing and receiving.

Devon Porchia

Gilman, linebacker, senior

Tough against the run and the pass, Porchia, who has committed to Pittsburgh, had 55 tackles, two forced fumbles, three sacks and two interceptions last season. He ran one of those interceptions back for a touchdown.

Donovan Riley

Poly, defensive back, senior

Headed for Virginia Tech, the 6-foot, 194-pound All-Metro second-team selection had 46 tackles and six interceptions last season and will be a critical player in a tough Engineers defense.

Charles Tapper

City, defensive end, senior

In his first year of football, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound converted basketball player turned heads last fall with the Knights and in summer 7-on-7, earning an offer from Oklahoma that he accepted.


Terrance Brownlee, Old Mill

Rehvon Bryan, Southern

Evan Chase, Maryland Christian

Damian Cromwell, Broadneck

Conner Davis, Fallston

Riley Davis, River Hill

Chad Deihl, Westminster

David Eldridge, Hereford

Jordan Garrison, Poly

Ernest Hawkins, Dunbar

Lavar Highsmith, Dunbar

Emmanuel Holder, Calvert Hall

Malik Johnson, Archbishop Spalding

Malique Johnson, Annapolis Area

Juleon Killikelly-Lee, Woodlawn

Micah Kiser, Gilman

AJ Koikoi, St. Paul's

Randall Lawson, River Hill

Steven Manders, Archbishop Spalding

James Nesbit, Edmondson

Sayvon Norman, Eastern Tech

John Nunes, Lutheran

Sunny Odogwu, St. Frances

Delvin Owens, Annapolis

Mike Partilla, Arundel

Henry Poggi, Gilman

Mike Soper, Perry Hall

C.J. Williams, Calvert Hall

Terrence Williams, Dunbar

Copyright © 2019, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad