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February 7, 2013

Iowa's Top Defensive Players in the Class of 2014

Signing Day 2013 is now passed but the top junior football players across the state continued to be looked at by college coaches around the country.  Iowa Preps takes an in-depth look at the top defensive players in the Class of 2014 now in this FREE article!

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Defensive Line
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There is little doubt that there are a number of college prospects within the junior class along the defensive line but many of them have excelled at along the edge.  Christian Brobst of Sioux City Heelan, Elliot Halsch of Iowa City Regina, DeVaughn McCullough of Iowa City West, and Seth Snitker of Waukon all have the frame to be a scholarship level player when it comes to college.  What they will be spending the next year proving is what exact level they will be hopefully receiving those scholarships from. 

As far as tackles go, Ben Spaeth of Spirit Lake will be one to follow after he totaled 68 tackles and eleven for loss while helping his team to the Class 2A State title. 

Linebacker
(Top 10 Linebackers in 2014)
Having grown up around football with his dad the head coach at Northern Iowa, it is obvious when watching Cedar Falls linebacker Jared Farley that he knows how to play football at a very high level.  He led the Tigers with 143 tackles while helping his club make an eventual run to the Class 4A semifinals.  For Farley, will other college coaches assume that he will be suiting up for Northern Iowa or will they recruit him hard?  Time will tell here. 

A.J. Allen of Waukee was a recent visitor to the first Iowa Junior Day and has plans to trip to Iowa State for their upcoming Junior Day as well.  Also expect to hear names like Pete Swenson of Clear Lake, Nathan Clayberg of Pella, and Daniel Vega of Xavier over the next 365 days as well. 

Defensive Backs
(Top 10 Defensive Backs in 2014)
Proving that you are a BCS scholarship level defensive back within the state of Iowa is always an uphill battle.  The one who may have the best chance is Rico Gafford of Dowling Catholic.  He made the switch from Des Moines East at the semester and will have an opportunity to suit up for a team that is considered among the elite heading into 2013.  He has early attention from Iowa and Iowa State at this point. 

Jake Gervase of Assumption and Philip Jacobson of Heelan are two others that have excelled at the varsity level over the last two years. 

Overall Thoughts
These defensive players are definitely talented but the major offers from college coaches so far has been for in-staters on the offensive side off the football.  It will be up to this group and a host of others that they belong in the discussion for big time scholarships. 

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