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December 27, 2010

Second team All-American defense

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Some view second team as second best.

Here's our thought: With nearly 1.2 million kids playing high school football teams this fall, being named to the second team of RivalsHigh's inaugural All-American team is nearly a one-in-a-million honor.

How good?

These guys not only are highly coveted by major colleges throughout the land, but a handful also figure to be coveted by NFL teams in a few years.

Simply put: These guys are stellar.

2010 RivalsHigh.com Second Team All-American Defense
DE: Daquan Romero, Hampton (Va.) Phoebus
Romero was the best player on one of the best defensive lines in the country. His size is not ideal but his technique and physical presence is hard to ignore. The three-star player rolled up 18 sacks from the outside and helped the Phantoms to a Top 20 ranking nationally and another state title.

Honorable Mention: Ray Drew, Thomasville (Ga.) Thomas County Central.

DT: Timmy Jernigan, Lake City (Fla.) Columbia
Jernigan is one of the most well-rounded defensive tackles in the nation. His ability to both take on and shed double teams makes him a very valuable player. He also has the ability to track down and make plays on quarterbacks. His athletic ability is matched by his on-field intellegence as he is rarely fooled or out of position.

HM: Michael Bennett, Centerville (Ohio) High; Viliami Moala, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant.

DE: Kenny Hayes, Toledo (Ohio) Whitmer
Hayes helped to get Whitmer into the semifinals of the Ohio Division I playoffs and nearly pushed the team into the state final. He will play in the Offense-Defense Bowl game this postseason to showcase his ability against the best in the country.

HM: Greg Townsend, Jr., Beverly Hills (Calif.) High.

OLB: James Wilder Jr, Tampa (Fla.) Plant
Wilder split time at running back and linebacker and may have split his production doing double duty. He could have been elite at either but his best position - to everyone but Wilder - appears to be linebacker. Tallying over 90 tackles and putting pressure on the quarterback as well as chasing plays down from the backside were commonplace.

HM: Tre Madden, Mission Viejo (Calif.) High.

ILB: C.J. Johnson, Philadelphia (Miss.) High
Johnson is one of the best athletes in Mississippi and will showcase his ability at the U.S. Army All-American game. Johnson ended the season with 149 tackles and two interceptions. His play helped lead Philadelphia to its best record in more than a decade.

HM: Lamar Dawson, Danville (Ky.) Boyle County.

ILB: Lawrence Thomas, Detroit (Mich.) Renaissance
The team did not have the best season, going 3-4, but Thomas cleared nearly 11 tackles per game as one of the best players in the Midwest. His ability to play either linebacker or on the defensive line will make him a valuable asset at the next level.

HM: Anthony Wallace, Dallas (Texas) Skyline.

OLB: Colt Lyerla, Hillsboro (Oregon) High
Lyerla, like Wilder as the other outside linebacker on the second-team, are both tremendous athletes who played all over the field for their teams and thus could have limited their one-spot production. Lyerla is one of the most athletic players in this class and if he adds an extra 25 pounds on his frame could be a spitting image of Brian Urlacher.

HM: Leilon Willingham, Denver (Colo.) Mullen.

CB: Blake Countess, Olney (Md.) Good Counsel
Countess played all over the field for Good Counsel but his natural position is at cornerback and he will slide into that position in college. Countess did not pile up the stats that the first team players did, but that is because no one was throwing his way.

HM: Brandon Swindall, Oklahoma City (Okla.) Millwood. Ryan Roberts, Cedar Park (Texas) High.

S: Eilar Hardy, Pickerington (Ohio) Pickerington Central
Hardy's value really was revealed when he was out of the lineup. The Notre Dame commit was hampered with injuries this season, but when he was on the field, he was a force to be reckoned with. He plays on both sides of the ball like most talented athletes in high school, but he is a defensive force.

HM: Glen Faulkner, East St. Louis (Ill.) High.

S: Corey Moore, Griffin (Ga.) High
Moore was athletic as any player in the nation in the secondary for Griffin. He was very physical in run support as well as over the top in the passing game. Moore is going to stay home and play for the Bulldogs.

HM: Adrian Amos, Baltimore (Md.) Calvert Hall.

CB: Albert Louis-Jean, Brockton (Mass.) High
Louis-Jean is one of the few lock-down cornerbacks in this class. He is able to run step-for-step with most any receiver he has come up against. His speed and nose for the football has drawn interest from schools up and down the East Coast.

HM: Marcus Roberson, Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas.

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