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Memphis area high school football defensive players to watch in 2018

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Memphis area high school football defensive players to watch in 2018


Chris Van Tuyl, USA Today Network - Tennessee\Published 7:00 a.m. CT Aug. 12, 2018


Germantown's Patrick Bianchi (bottom) brings down Houston's
Germantown's Patrick Bianchi (bottom) brings down Houston's Malik Elion (top) of a 2013 game. The Commercial Appeal file photo
Bill Norton  CBHS football

(Photo: Mark Weber/The Commercial Appeal)

The high school football season begins this week in Memphis and Tennessee.

Here is a look at the top returning offensive players in the area.

Tarique Barnes, Cordova, Sr. The Mustangs were able to win the 2017 Region 8-4A title thanks to plenty of clutch tackling from this outside linebacker. (Now at Cordova)

Erek Campbell, Lausanne, Sr. In helping the Lynx go back-to-back in Division II-AA, the defensive back led his team with five interceptions and registered 79 tackles.

Devin Chandler, Arlington, Jr.  As an underclassman, this upstart defensive back recorded four interceptions for the Tigers in 2017.

Nakobe Dean, Horn Lake, Sr. Dean is the top linebacker in the country and top college prospect in Mississippi according to 247Sports.

Bryson Eason, Whitehaven, Jr. The linebacker’s nose for the football was highly evident in 2017

Martavius French, Whitehaven, Jr. Here’s yet another talented linebacker (6-2, 235) willing to help the Tigers make another deep run into the Class 6A playoffs.

Jalon Greer, Germantown, Sr. Like Region 8-6A rival Whitehaven, the Red Devils finished 2017 with 11 wins. Another successful run will require plenty of big plays from this defensive back.

Trevis Hopper, Central, Sr. It was a rare sub-.500 campaign for the Warriors, but don’t blame this defensive tackle and Memphis commitment, who was one of many reasons Central stunned Cordova in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.

Christian James, CBHS, Sr. The Purple Wave were extremely stingy in Division II-AAA play, and this defensive end was more than happy to make his presence felt on a week-to-week basis.

Raydarious Jones, Horn Lake, Sr. The 6-2, 160-pound speedster will see plenty of snaps at QB, yet cornerback is also a listed position for him on this talented Eagle roster.

Jalen Jordan, Lake Cormorant, Sr. The Gators have gotten extremely good pumping out the NCAA Division I talent, and this cornerback and Ole Miss commitment fits that mold.

Eli Neal, White Station, Sr. A pair of Class 6A playoff victories were secured by the Spartans in 2017, and this linebacker was there to lend a big hand.

Bill Norton, CBHS, Sr. The accolades were a common sight for this defensive end and Georgia commitment, who’ll look to go one step further than the Division II-AAA semis.

Dekari Scott, MUS, Sr. Scott had four interceptions and returned one for a touchdown.

Georvon Shelton, Raleigh-Egypt, Sr. In concluding the 2017 season with a 12-1 record, the Pharaohs persevered with constant contributions from this fiery linebacker.

Cameron Sims, Lausanne, Sr. The Lynx possessed the best defensive backfield in all of the Shelby-Metro area, which included Sims.

Darin Turner, Central, Jr. With four interceptions, including one for a TD in 2017, this defensive back and LSU commitment will be among the true proven leaders for the Warriors.

Hakeem Vance, Lewisburg, Sr. The Patriots will look to take full advantage of this safety and Baylor commitment’s athleticism in order to compete in the difficult MHSAA Region 1-5A portion of their schedule.

Kristian Wiliams, Southwind, Sr. On a Jaguar defensive line dominated by seniors in 2017, this 6-2, 272-pound tackle more than held his own and was a force to be reckoned with in a competitive Region 8-5A.

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Not exactly in Memphis but we are close. Dyersburg has a LB with offers from Arkansas, Georgia Tech and Memphis. He is committed to Memphis. Word is that UT is about to offer.


Chris Russell 6’2 and 220 lbs. He ran a 4.46 on a visit to UT.

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