Urban Meyer hasn’t calmed his love for defensive linemen in the Class of 2013, and it’s hard to argue the results.
A look in on how the next set of defensive ends and tackles shows just how strong this class is up front.
Of the quintet, only Tracy Sprinkle (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria) will likely miss the playoffs, though the 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive tackle might be having the best season of the bunch.
His team finished 7-3, with all three losses coming against playoff teams. The numbers from his season look like video game statistics, as the senior finished with 103 tackles, 19 sacks, 31 quarterback hurries, 3 pass breakups, 4 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown.
Tyquan Lewis (Tarboro, N.C./Tarboro) is once again having a successful season, as the hybrid defensive end/linebacker has helped the Vikings go undefeated heading into the playoffs. To date, Tarboro has three shutouts, including a 34-0 win over Beddingfield, the Vikings’ first postseason opponent.
Billy Price (Youngstown, Ohio/Austintown Fitch) leads a 9-1 squad into Byers Field against defending Division I state champion St. Ignatius this weekend. The Falcons are one of the stingiest defenses around, with one shutout and six other games where they held opponents to seven points or less.
Joey Bosa (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) has battled injuries, appearing as a nose guard and defensive end, but the Raiders (6-2) can clinch a district title with a win over Cooper City on Friday.
That leaves defensive tackle Michael Hill (Pendleton, S.C./Pendleton), who unfortunately is done for the season after hand surgery.
Hill’s team starts the postseason against Mid-Carolina this weekend with a 7-3 record. The Bulldogs have one shutout and have held five teams to two touchdowns or less.