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April Northeast Region Defensive End Report For Class of 2014

Varsity Preps takes a look at some of the best Defensive Ends in the Northeast Region of the United States in the Class of 2014. Note: This is not a list of the top 8.  (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER, STATE IN PARENTHESIS). Click names to view highlight videos. (Picture by Click here to view my April reports on some of the top Wide Receivers and Running Backs in the Northeast Region.


Jesse Aniebonam (MD)  – Our Lady of Good Counsel  H.S. – 6’4, 225

Aniebonam currently has 18 offers from schools such as: Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Mississippi, Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia Tech, and South Carolina.   The offer sheet already clues you into as to why Aniebonam is considered one of the best prospects in the country.  Aniebonam is being recruited as a defensive end, but he plays the nose guard position for his high school team.  He is almost unblockable from the nose guard position due to his explosive first-step, quickness, and overall power.  Aniebonam often sheds blocks quickly and is fast enough to catch up to anybody in the backfield unfortunate enough to have his hands on the ball while he is coming for hm.  He showcases his speed and ability to accelerate when he’s in pursuit of a ball carrier. Simply put, Aniebonam is a one-man wrecking crew.

Da’Shawn Hand (VA) – Woodbridge H.S. – 6’5”, 245

Hand currently has 30-plus offers but has narrowed it down to these five schools: Alabama, Florida, Michigan, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech.  Hand made 100 tackles (40 tackles for loss) and 16 sacks during the 2012 season.  Hand is considered to be the top prospect in the United States. It’s hard to argue with that assessment, especially after you look at highlight video.  He’s another player who is being recruited as a defensive end at the collegiate level, but he plays defensive tackle for his high school team.   Hand has all the tools that you look for in an elite lineman.  He’s way too powerful for anybody on the high school level and is just flat-out dominant.  Hand is the most physical and explosive defensive lineman prospect in the Class of 2014.

Andrew Trumbetti (NJ) – Northern Regional High School – 6’4”, 240 lbs.

Trumbetti has already committed to Notre Dame.   Among the schools that were courting him were: Florida, Florida State, Marland, Michigan State, Purdue, Rutgers, and Stanford.

Jeremiah Clarke (VA) – Williams High School – 6’5”, 255 LBS.

Clarke currently has 12 offers from schools such as:  Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Penn State, Temple, Virginia, and West Virginia.  Clarke plays all positions on the defensive line for his high school: defensive end, defensive tackle, and nose guard.  It’s through playing all positions on the defensive line that Clarke is able to show off his impressive skillset.  Clarke’s quick first-step and strength allow him to shoot or muscle his way through gaps at the snap of the ball.  Power is definitely his game, but he certainly has good lateral quickness and stays on his feet.

Garrett Dickerson (NJ)- Bergen Catholic H.S. – 6’4”, 240 LBS.

Dickerson currently has 21 offers from schools such as: Arizona, UConn, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State,  and Wisconsin. Dickerson plays on both sides of the ball for Bergen Catholic (defensive end and wide receiver).  Dickerson is excellent at shedding would-be blockers at the line of scrimmage.  Dickerson has excellent footwork and shows great agility for a big player.  He’s more than just an “effective” option at wide receiver as well, showing that he has hands and excellent body control when catching the football. I also like the fact that he gets his hands up when rushing the passer.  Even though he’s being recruited as a defensive end, I have to admit that I’m impressed with him as a tight end prospect as well.

Jayln Holmes (VA) – Lake Taylor H.S. – 6’4, 235 LBS.

Holmes currently has 20 offers from schools such as:  Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, USC and Virginia Tech.  Holmes racked up the following stats during the 2012 season: 79 tackles (40 tackles for a loss), 11 sacks, 25 catches for 490 yards, and 7 touchdowns.  Holmes is talented enough to play tight end at the next level, but defensive end is his calling card. What’s not to like about Holmes? As you see with other elite prospects, Holmes has an explosive first step that separates him from the most of the other prospects.  He’s rarely caught out of position and over half of his tackles in 2012 came behind the opponent’s line of scrimmage.

Vincent Mihota – Massaponax H.S. – 6’4”, 245 LBS.

Mihota has committed to Virginia Tech.


Xavier Burke – Brunswick H.S. – 6’3, 245 lbs.

Burke has committed to Virginia Tech.

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