Posted On: 04/22/21 11:24 AM

Eleven positions. Eleven players. Eleven honors.

That’s it.

Five months prior to the start of the 2021 football season, we’re ready to hand out some way early pre-season awards. Here are the 11 defensive players, regardless of grade or classification, we think are the best of the best going into Spring Football, the summer 7-on-7s and fall camp.


DJ Aiken DJ Aiken 6'5" | DL Bluffton | 2022 State SC , Bluffton

Aiken isn’t a true edge rusher, but really more of a combo end-tackle based on the Bobcats’ scheme and how it utilizes the 6-foot-5, 265-pound nightmare.


Eamon Smalls Eamon Smalls 6'3" | DL Beaufort | 2023 State SC , Beaufort 

Already 6-foot-3 and 320 pounds, this Class of 2023 prospect chews up more than his share of space. He singlehandedly has opposing teams altering their run games.


Xzavier McLeod Xzavier McLeod 6'4" | DL Camden | 2023 State SC , Camden

McLeod has the looks of the next great defensive lineman to come out of Camden. The 6-foot-4, 280 pounder is only going to get bigger and better over the next two years.


Hudson Lee Hudson Lee 6'5" | DL Dorman | 2022 State SC , Dorman

Lee routinely goes against some of the best offensive tackles in the state and makes it look easy. He’s 6-foot-5, can see where he needs to be and

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