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2016 Michigan High School Football Watch List - Defensive Linemen

Football   | Jeff Dullack

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The first game of the 2016 season is just days away, so now it's time to break down who are some of the best defensive linemen that the state of Michigan has to offer


Corey Malone-Hatcher – St. Joseph

The definition of an elite pass rusher, Malone-Hatcher has shown the ability to get after the quarterback over the past couple of years, while also proving to be an elite run defender. Malone-Hatcher is committed to Michigan after receiving numerous high level Division 1 offers during his recruiting process.

Deron Irving-Bey – Flint Southwestern

A pure athlete as an edge-rusher, Irving-Bey is a flat out nightmare for opposing quarterbacks and has built a reputation for living in the offensive backfield, totaling 24 tackles for loss in 2015. Irving-Bey has landed offers from Michigan and Michigan State and will definitely have more offers in hand by the end of the 2016 season.

Phillip Paea – Berrien Springs

Paea has already committed to Michigan as he enters his senior season, and will be a key contributor for Berrien Springs both on the offensive line as well as the defensive line this fall. Defensively, Paea has shown he can be stout against the run, and also that he can pressure opposing quarterbacks.

Rob Hudson – Walled Lake Western

Hudson is an imposing player, standing at 6-foot-8 and has the ability to make a serious impact on both sides of the ball. Able to stop the run and rush the passer on defense, Hudson is also going to be an anchor on the offensive line, playing tackle. Hudson is committed to Purdue.

Ralph Holley – Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

A big, strong, physical run stuffer, Holley will be a tone setter for an extremely talented St. Mary’s defense this fall. The Eaglets have several players committed to Division 1 schools, including Holley (Western Michigan), but Holley will be one of the most important players on the defense as he looks to continue disrupting opposing offenses.

Johnathon Berghorst – Zeeland East

About as versatile of a defensive lineman as there is, Berghorst is fast enough line up at defensive end and rush the passer or he has the size and strength to line up at defensive tackle to try and stop the run. Committed to Central Michigan, Berghorst is a name to watch as he could gain some bigger offers this fall.

Andre Carter – Southfield

A three star defensive end, Carter has shown a knack for getting after the quarterback after a strong sophomore season last year. Now, entering his junior year, Carter holds offers from Cincinnati, Boston College, Iowa State and others and plenty more offers will be on the horizon with a strong showing in 2016.

Aidan Hutchinson – Divine Child

After recording 57 tackles from his defensive end position in 2015, Hutchinson currently has offers from LSU, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin and is primed for another big season in his junior season in 2016. A strong run defender and pass rusher, Hutchinson is also a key contributor on the offensive line for Divine Child.