Posted On: 01/28/21 2:02 PM

The top eight linebackers in the Midwest for 2022 possess good quickness to go along with their physical size. They are equally good run stoppers as well as pass defenders. They also possess good lateral mobility and display the ability to keep leverage on the ball carrier. Each one of the top eight are physical players that take pride on the way they hit and finish plays.

  1. Gabe PowersGabePowers6'4" | LBMarysville | 2022StateOH     6’4” 225     OLB      Marysville, Ohio

Powers received multiple offers from D1 power five universities over a year ago and made a quick decision to attend nearby Ohio State. Powers has all the physical tools to be a big-time outside linebacker for the Buckeyes. He has size, speed, range, quickness, and the physicality to excel at the next level. Powers also doubles as a running back. Defensively, he is a tremendous edge rusher who can chase plays down from behind. He uses his size and length effectively to be a dominate player.

  1. CJ HicksCJHicks6'4" | LBArchbishop Alter | 2022StateOH      6’4” 220     OLB     Kettering, Ohio     Archbishop Alter

Like Powers, Hicks is an outstanding athlete who plays both sides of the ball. Besides linebacker, CJ can play

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