2018 Baltimore-area defensive football players to watch

Deonte Banks

Edgewood, cornerback, senior

A solid performer in the Rams’ run to the regional final last fall, Banks is primed for a breakout season. The speedy 6-foot-1, 190-pound ball hawk had three interceptions, 16 pass deflections and 41 tackles a year ago. He has committed to Maryland.

Giovanni Biggers

Boys’ Latin, safety, senior

The 6-1, 190-pound free safety known for his explosive speed drew 19 Division I offers after a junior season that included 62 tackles, two interceptions, 13 pass breakups and two forced fumbles. He has committed to North Carolina.

Beau Brade

River Hill, safety, junior

The top returning defensive player in Howard County, Brade had 108 tackles, 62 solo, three interceptions and two forced fumbles last season. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound All-Metro second-team selection is a big hitter who covers a lot of ground.

Chris Braswell

St. Frances. defensive end, junior

Rated the No. 1 junior weak-side defensive end in the country by 247 Sports, Braswell is also No. 2 overall junior in Maryland. At 6-4, 225 pounds, he should pick up where Eyabi Anoma, last year’s All-Metro Player of the Year, now at Alabama, left off. Braswell had nine sacks and a fumble recovery.

Dion Crews-Harris

Dunbar, defensive end, junior

At 5-10, 250 pounds, Crews-Harris is a powerful player on both sides of the ball. Eleven of his 46 tackles were for a loss and he had five sacks, six quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and two recoveries. Doubling as a fullback, he scored a couple of touchdowns.

D’Von Ellies

McDonogh, lineman, senior

Rated the top senior offensive tackle in Maryland by 247 Sports, Ellies has more than 20 Football Bowl Subdivision offers including Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin. At 6-3, 290 pounds, he had eight sacks last fall and 24 solo tackles among his 63 total.

Logic Hudgens

Archbishop Spalding, cornerback, senior

At 6-1, 185 pounds, Hudgens has the elite size and speed of a strong cover corner, drawing a handful of FBS offers. He had two interceptions and 31 tackles last season, but most opponents elect not to throw in his direction.

Jake Larson

St. Frances, punter, senior

Larson is a key component of the Panthers defense because his booming punts rarely allow an opponent to start with good field position. He averaged 40 yards per punt last year and is also one of the nation’s top kicking prospects with offers from such programs as Virginia Tech, Army West Point and Minnesota.

Shane Lee

St. Frances, linebacker, senior

The top recruit in the Baltimore area and the nation’s No. 4 inside linebacker, according to 247Sports, Lee has committed to Alabama. The Panthers’ 6-2, 245-pound defensive quarterback had 78 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles in an All-Metro first-team junior season.

Jordan White

Havre de Grace, safety, senior

Also a wide receiver, White has is drawing Division I interest on the defensive side with his speed, athleticism and size at 6-3 and 190 pounds. He had seven interceptions last fall and 21 solo tackles among 32 total tackles.

Other notables

Trent Baker, Reservoir

Adam Bigelow, Parkville

Jackson Bonitz, McDonogh

Davon Bomar, Bel Air

Charles Brown, Harford Tech

Nick Browne, Eastern Tech

McClain Butler, Liberty

Demon Clowney, St. Frances

Doshon Davis, Dunbar

Josh Harrison, Perry Hall

Jeremy Huffman, Long Reach

Collin Holmes, Arundel

Terry Jones Jr., Mervo

Tyler Leavy, Mount Saint Joseph

Nicholas Lenon, Calvert Hall

Ka’Ron Lewis, South River

Tavian Montgomery, Westminster

Kevin Neal, Milford Mill

Deon Riley, St. Vincent Pallotti

Jaquan Pitts, Glen Burnie

Osman Savage, St. Frances

Elijah Solomon, Franklin

Gereme Spraggins, Arundel

Ben Stephanos, Howard

Jay Thompson, Franklin

Jordan Toles, St. Frances

Brock Wallace, St. Vincent Pallotti

Billy Wooden, Calvert Hall

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