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Posted On: 10/10/20 7:40 AM

Interspersed throughout our city rankings are our Future Focus features. In each, we’re taking a look at some of the top 2023 players in the state at each position. Here, we’re introducing you to the sophomore linebackers that have caught our attention.

Alex Bailey, 6’ 180, Hickory Ridge- Bailey is a linebacker-edge rusher hybrid that could play either position depending on how he develops physically over the next few years. He’s quick of the edge and has tested well this offseason at linebacker. He’s a guy that could provide a spark for the Hickory Ridge defense this season.

Ben CutterBenCutter6'1" | LBEast Lincoln | 2023StateNC, 6’1 200, East Lincoln- All Cutter does is hit people. No really, Cutter led the country in tackles by a freshman last season, racking up 137 in an incredible campaign. He has the frame to keep growing and with his instincts, could put up gaudy numbers again this season.

Stephan ZayachkowskyStephanZayachkowsky5'9" | LBPorter Rdge | 2023NC, 5’9 180, Porter Ridge- Even as a freshman, Zayachkowsky showed that he is one of the top linebackers in the Charlotte area. He plays a unique big nickel/off-ball linebacker position for the Pirates that really allows him to read the field and diagnose plays. He

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