All-Vapreps 2018 Private Defense
Here we present the All-Vapreps Private 2018 Defense. The selections where made primarily from our coverage of the Private school teams during the 2018 season. We also used stats and input from the coaches.
Adarious Jones committed to Texas A&M before the season and he validated his ability with a dominant senior season for Bishop Sullivan Catholic. A gamechanger, Jones was a terror inside the trenches and he made plays behind the line of scrimmage on a consistent basis.
Senior Joseph Worman was a disruptive force for the Flint Hill defense. Worman was credited with 46 tackles, 10 hurries and nine sacks. For good measure, Worman also added an interception for two-time undefeated State champion Flint Hill. Worman is receiving interests from Wake Forest.
Junior Jack Hall seemed to always be around the football for Benedictine and he was a force at the line of scrimmage. Hall finished second on the Cadets in total tackles with 46 while leading the team with five sacks and 12 tackles for loss.
James Carpenter was the Virginiapreps Private DIII Player of the Year as a junior and he followed up his senior year with six sacks including 26 tackles for loss. He ended the regular season with 46 tackles. Carpenter helped the Celtics win their 3rd straight State title.
Woodberry Forest senior Bill Clark led the Tigers with 18 tackles for loss while adding 53.5 tackles, 1.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries including one recovery for a touchdown. Clark always seem to have a smile and he was an emotional leader for the defense.
There may not be a better linebacker duo in the Private ranks than Flint Hill juniors Elijah Wasson and Jaylin Hertz. The former was better at the line of scrimmage with a team leading 87 tackles and four sacks. Hertz was better in coverage adding 76 tackles with three forced fumbles and two interceptions. The pair hope to start receiving more interests during their upcoming junior year offseason.
St Christopher's made the VISAA DI playoffs and senior linebacker DayMone' Fleming was a major contributor to the Saints stop unit. An All-Prep League performer, Fleming finished the season with 91 tackles including 15 tackles for loss while adding 2.5 sacks.
Junior Aden Britton was a tackling machine for North Cross. He had five games where he had double digit solo tackles with a season high 17 against Norfolk Christian. He was credited with 149 tackles including 93 solo stops while bouncing on four fumbles for recoveries.
The Norfolk Academy playoff run was highlighted by the play of senior linebacker David Byler who stuffed the stat category in almost every category. Byer had 37 solo stops among his 80+ tackles awhile adding a sack, interception, pass breakup, forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Episcopal safety Litchfield Ajavon had 22 solo stops and 62 total tackles. The Rivals 4-star who is committed to Notre Dame, was the undeniable leader of the Maroon defense. He only had one interception but he was a force in the defense with his big hits.
Rivals 3-star Antonio Webb Jr. had 31 tackles and three picks for 1st year program Life Christian Academy. He added seven pass defensed, a fumble recovery, and two forced fumbles. Webb was an early commit to Virginia before his junior year.
Trey Rucker brought a physical presence to the Flint Hill secondary with every tackle he made. He had four interceptions to lead the Huskies and added four pass breakups. Rucker was also credited with 54 tackles. Rucker has several D1 offers including the latest from Syracuse.
Benedictine senior Tre Akande finished with four interceptions with 24 solo tackles and 38 tackles overall. Akande made plays in run support as well as in the defensive secondary.