Scouting The 2021 Football Schedule: 25 Opposing Players To Watch List
Updated: Aug 4
The Raiders will prep for their 2021 ten-game regular season with a grueling pair of preseason scrimmages.
2021 Warren G. Harding Football
(^- preseason scrimmage)
08/06/2021: 3-way vs. Mentor & Kenston @ Kenston^
08/13/2021: @ Solon^
08/27/2021: Youngstown East
09/03/2021: @ Hudson
09/17/2021: Youngstown Ursuline
09/24/2021: @ Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary
10/08/2021: @ Cardinal Mooney
10/15/2021: @ Youngstown Chaney
10/22/2021: Austintown Fitch
Here are 25 opposing players that people can look out for in the upcoming twelve-week period. Please note that the following contains my opinions and don't necessarily reflect those of anybody affiliated with Warren G. Harding's football program.
'22 QB Drew Allar: Medina... Ironically, Drew "Allar" comes first alphebetically on this list. However, if I was ranking these players, he would definitely be number one. He's coming off a stellar junior season that saw him complete 209 of his 397 passes for 2,857 yards, 26 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. His performance in the Bees' third round playoff matchup against Cleveland St. Ignatius sent shockwaves around the entire state as he stung the Wildcats for 488 passing yards and four touchdown passes without throwing an interception in a 33-26 victory. At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, the four-star prospect carried a total of 27 scholarship offers and ultimately, Penn State won the battle for his verbal commitment over schools the likes of Notre Dame, Michigan, Indiana, Texas A&M, Iowa, Louisville, etc. 247 Sports currently has him ranked 64th overall in the country (first in Ohio) and seventh at quarterback.
Despite the graduation of first-team All-Division I wide receiver Luke Hensley (66 catches for 1,039 yards & 15 touchdowns in 2020), Medina returns with a plethora of weapons that could potentially break through for Allar this year. If their defense can keep up with their offense, the Bees could potentially make a solid run in the Division I playoffs.
'22 WR/DB Dean Boyd: Youngstown Ursuline... If you're looking for an athlete with great speed, sure hands, a keen nose for the ball, and physical hitter on defense, then look no further than Youngstown Ursuline's Dean Boyd. With the recent graduation of current Miami University Redhawk Matt Reardon, expect Boyd to get plenty of targets in the upcoming weeks. He's very efficient on both sides of the ball and he doesn't take any plays off. He's one of those guys that you always want on the field because he always maximizes his talent.
There's already plenty of great opportunities that await in Boyd's future as he holds scholaship offers from Harvard, Youngstown State, Robert Morris, Bucknell, and Capital. That list illustrates that he handles his business both on and off the field, which is the first thing that colleges look for in a young man. For now, Ursuline head coach Dan Reardon will look to utilize Boyd's ability and work the Fightish Irisih back among the elite in Ohio.
'22 ATH Austin Brawley: Massillon Washington... On the football field, there's probably more proven players that Harding will face this year. However, Austin Brawley is the first of two major sleepers on this list who I believe will blow up for Massillon this year. I say that because over the last three years, the Tigers have relied on the fluid ability of wide receivers Jayden Ballard and Andrew Wilson-Lamp, who have now gone off to play at Ohio State and West Virginia, respectively. Now 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, Brawley is in line to emerge as one of the next line of dynamic playmakers for one of the most storied programs in the history of high school football. Last year, he only hauled in five catches, but they went for a total of 124 yards. Not only that, two catches and 78 of those receiving yards came against Harding.
As huge fan of track & field, I watched Brawley run the third leg for Massillon's 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams at the 2021 Austintown Region Championships. Had I been able to go to the OHSAA State Track & Field Meet like I usually do every year, I would've saw Massillon take fourth place in the 4x200. Of course, some guys have "track speed" that doesn't translate well on the football field, but the few signs that we've seen from Brawley doesn't make that seem to be the case, especially with a successful head coach like Nate Moore overseeing his development. Again, This is a "Players To Watch" list. If opposing teams make the mistake of not "watching" Brawley, they'll eventually "watch" him burn their secondary for long touchdowns. With his potential, they just might be doing that regardless.
'22 WR/SS Tyler Evans: Austintown-Fitch... Can Austintown-Fitch possibly improve on their first undefeated regular season since 2013? When you bring back a dynamic weapon the caliber of Tyler Evans, it certainly doesn't decrease the chances of that happening. In 2020, he hauled in 31 catches for 409 yards and 6 touchdowns. With the recent graduations of former Falcon playmakers Nate Leskovac and Todd Simons, Evans' offensive production could see a major increase. Defensively, he also recorded 44 tackles from the safety position. He's a well-conditioned athlete who rarely comes of the field and when he's on it, opposing teams always need to know exactly where he is.
Marshall (PWO), Mount Union, and Slippery Rock are currently duking it out in the recruiting battle for Evans' career beyond high school. With his skill level and ability to produce, he's definitely worth the fight.
'22 LB Matt Hamula: Medina... Recruiting wise, Matt Hamula may be one of the biggest sleepers in the entire state. At just 5-foot-8, 160 pounds, it's likely due to his lack of size. It has to be because it's definitely not due to his lack of play. The Bees' leading tackler in 2020, Hamula finished the season with 78 tackles, 9 tackles for a loss, one sack, one forced fumble, and one interception. His efforts earned him First Team honors in both the Greater Cleveland Conference and Northeast Inland District and he was also an All-Ohio Division I Honorable Mention.
To my knowledge, Hamula's only offer to date is from Capital University. If that fact holds up, they'll get a young man that plays with as much heart on the football field as you'll ever see.
'23 TB Willtrell Hartson: Massillon Washington... Despite the fact that the Tigers were hit hard by graduation, they have plenty of horses that are ready to carry the "load," which happens to be the perfect word to describe junior tailback Willtrell Hartson. The 5-foot-10, 200 pound bulldozer plowed his way to 1,111 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on 138 carries, a stat line that he compiled while playing alongside a pair of now-FBS athletes in Jayden Ballard (Ohio State) and Andrew Wilson-Lamp (West Virginia). With them gone and the Tigers also working out a replacement at the quarterback position, look for Hartson to shoulder even more responsibility this fall.
To date, Boston College and Temple are the early bidders that are seeking out Hartson's services at the next level. However, if he helps uphold the Tigers' high standard of excellence against the likes of Harding, Pickerington Central, Lakewood St. Edward, Euclid, Canton McKinley, etc., the Golden Eagles and Owls will have many others flying in with scholarship offers.
'22 TB Jamel James: Austintown-Fitch... Word around the campfire is that there is growing interest within several NCAA football programs regarding junior tailback Jamel James. 208 of his 607 rushing yards last year, just over one-third of his production, came in two games against Harding. If you're a Raider fan, you'd definitely believe the assumption that one day, James will make a college coaching staff happy. For now, he'll continue his development in a fine football program at Fitch who is no stranger to producing high level talent. On a personal note, it will be interesting for multi-sport fans like myself to see if James eventually takes his talents to the track as the Falcons also have an outstanding T&F program, especially in the relays.
In current head coach T.J. Parker's first season last year, Fitch finished the season 7-1. Evans is one of twelve returning starters that's looking to capitalize off of a valuable year of experience. With the talent around him, look for James to have a huge junior campaign.
'22 ATH Aiden Lal: Hudson... In recent years, Harding has become quite familiar with the toughness and discipline of Hudson's football program. In 2016, the Explorers pulled off a shocking 24-21 playoff upset over a loaded Raider squad and this past season, were far more dominant in their 35-6 victory that ended Harding's season. In the latter, Aiden Lal had 7 carries for 23 yards and two touchdowns and in their 10 games last year, he finished with 82 carries for 587 yards and 14 touchdowns while hauling in 10 catches for 257 yards and 1 touchdown . While his stat line against Harding may not jump off of the sheet, Lal's versatility makes him way more valuable than you can see on paper. You never know if he'll line up at running back or wide receiver and if he does go in the backfield, you don't know if he'll carry the ball or deliver one of his powerful blocks. With Hudson losing a lot of talent to graduation, expect an even heavier load for the Explorers' unquestioned leader.
Speaking of "toughness" and being a "leader," I'm sure those were two of the major qualities that both Air Force and Army saw in Lal when they extended offers. On April 20, 2021, the Falcons of Air Force officially won the recruiting war over their their fellow miltary academy.
'23 WR/DB Freddie Lenix Jr.: Massillon Washington... Old school Harding fans should recognize this name pretty well as Freddie Lenix Jr. is the son of the 2005 Cleveland Glenville alum who wrecked havoc from the linebacker position. Nobody will ever forget the Harding-Glenville matchup from 2004 and even with the legendary performance by Raider legend Mario Manningham (7 catches for 257 yards & 3 touchdowns; 1 interception return for a touchdown), Freddie Sr. was in on tackle after tackle. Putting his son on this list is a "Hail Mary" of some sort, but I'll quickly explain. For the last couple years, Massillon had a dynamic duo at wide receiver in Jayden Ballard and Andrew WIlson-Lamp. Both of who were key pieces of their track & field teams. When Ballard (Ohio State) and Wilson-Lamp (West Virginia) both graduated early to fulfill their football commitments, I was worried that their track & field teams would suffer. I couldn't have been any more wrong.
At the 2021 Austintown Regional Track & Field Championships, Lenix Jr. won the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.22, anchored the 4x200 in their first place finish with a time of 1:30.05, and placed third in the 200 with a time of 22.76. In fact, he also anchored Massillon's 4x100 team posted the fastest time at prelims with a 42.89, but unfortunately, they were disqualified at the finals. The 4x200 relay eventually placed fourth at the OHSAA Division I State Track & Field Meet while Lenix's time of 10.93 in the 100 meter dash prelims fell just short of making the finals. All of the above is reminiscent of his father, who was also a stud on the track. If Freddie Jr. proves to be anything remotely close to that or if he can replace Ballard and Wilson-Lamp in the field as well as he did the track, watch out!
'22 OL/DL Cortland Love: Boardman... I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in Boardman this year as they return a solid group of talented young men, especially up front. Cortland Love is the first of a few Spartans on this list. He's 6-foot-3, 270 pounds and possesses a nice motor, strong hands, and great feet that gives allows him to move well laterally. He's not the only big hog up front for the Spartans, who also returns their leading rusher from last year who I will bring up later in this article.
Even the better Boardman teams had a sleeper-like vibe to them. This could be one of those years that they sneak up on Division II as most of the more elite programs took a nice hit to graduation. In any case, Eastern Kentucky has already made sure that Love's days of playing football will extend beyond 2021. More schools may eventually enter that conversation in the upcoming months.
'22 DT Nick Manley: Medina... At 6-foot-4, 270 pounds, Nick Manley is an absolute force in the trenches for Medina. Having gone up against the likes of Lakewood St. Edward, Cleveland St. Ignatius, Mentor, and Euclid, there isn't a situation on the football field that's going to intimidate him. In fact, the same could be said about his life in general as he currently carries a 4.2 overall grade point average. He finished the 2020 season with 28 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, and one fumble recovery.
Penn, Lake Erie, and Saint Anselm College have all extended offers to this monster who gets the job done both on and off the field. He chases excellence in everything that he does, which usually doesn't have positive results for opposing offensive linemen that try to successfully block him.
'22 TE Ryan Miller: Kenston... When you can play against one of the state's best players in the preseason, it can prove to be very beneficial as you head into the season. That will most certainly be Harding's situation on August 6 when they travel to Kenston to scrimmage, where they will also see Mentor. At 6-foot-6, 215 pounds, Ryan Miller is a long, lean tight end who displays excellent hands in traffic, works very well in the open field, and is very stout in protection schemes up front for Kenston. He's vitually automatic in the red zone, but he's very dangerous all over the field, especially while he's charging upfield blocking for his teammates.
On June 29, 2021, the emerging football program at Indiana won Miller's verbal commitment over the likes of Auburn, West Virginia, Kentucky, Louisville, Kansas, Boston College, etc. As previously suggested, the experience that Harding will get from their preseason matchup against a player of Miller's caliber could prove to be invaluable.
'22 OT Tariq Montgomery: Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary... While it's mainly nationally known for being the alma mater of NBA living legend LeBron James, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School has been producing high-level athletes for decades. This year is no exception as Tariq Montgomery is back and ready to steamroll the competition. The 6-foot-5, 310 pound behemoth terrorizes opposing defensive linemen with ease. He towers over his opposition and makes the lives of Fighting Irish teammates go much smoother.
On July 2, 2021, Montgomery added his name to the list of players consisting of Randy Moss, Chad Pennington, Byron Leftwich, Ahmad Bradshaw, etc. by committing to the Thundering Herd of Marshall. Akron, Eastern Michigan, and Montana State were also in the running for Montgomery.
'22 RB/LB Sean O'Horo: Boardman... With a fresh face now leading Boardman's football program in former Youngstown Chaney offensive coordinator Seth Antram, look for two-year starter Sean O'Horo to improve his case as one of the Spartans' best all-around players in in recent memory. Last year, he had 725 yards worth of total offense (662 rushing and 63 receiving) and also led the Spartans with 64 tackles. With the recent graduations of defensive linemen Nick Winsen and Jake Powell along with linebacker Richard Evans, O'Horo will look to utilize his nose for the ball even more this fall.
As a junior last year, O'Horo was listed in WKBN's Big 22, which highlights their picks for the 22 best players in the Mahoning Valley. With the experience that Boardman has coming back this year, a renaissance back to their successful days is quite possible. Whether that happens or not, it's still very likely that O'Horo's days of playing football will extend beyond the high school level.
'22 TB Zy’ere Rogers: Youngstown Cardinal Mooney... In eight games last year, Zy'ere Rogers gained 1,323 total yards in 180 touches and scored seven touchdowns. Of course, the Cardinals are traditionally known for their ground attack, so 1,189 of those yards came on 165 carries with the other 134 yards came on 15 receptions. He finished ninth across the Mahoning Valley in rushing yards and with the graduation of three-year starting quarterback Pat Guerrieri, he'll have an even bigger role in the offense.
When I watch highlights of Rogers, it reminds me of a young Braylon Heard, the 2010 Mooney alum who showed signs of big play ability early on before absolutely exploding his senior year. After combining for 1,021 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns on 135 carries in his sophomore and junior seasons, Heard electrified the opposition with 210 carries for 1,971 yards and 24 touchdowns en route to leading the Cardinals to the 2009 Division III state championship. Becoming the fifth leading rusher in Mooney history was the preliminary step on the path to his NCAA football career at both Nebraska and Kentucky before a brief stop in the NFL. WIth this being the first full offseason for second-year head coach Carl Pelini, expect to see a boost in Rogers' production this fall. If it's anything like Heard's jump from 2008 to 2009, watch out!
'22 OT Joe Sferra: Boardman... Is there another school in Ohio that produces elite offensive lineman the way Boardman has? I'm not just talking about players who carry high recruiting rankings in high school and go to college. I'm also speaking for guys who literally grind it ourt of the mud on their way to success. John Greco was once "ranked" as the 101st best offensive tackle prospect by 247 Sports in 2003, played at University of Toledo, and went on to have a an 11-year NFL career. In 2002, Steve Vallos was as listed as the 149th best offeensive tackle propect by 247 Sports, went on to play at Georgia Tech, and eventually enjoyed a 7-year career in the NFL. Most recently, 247 Sports gave 2009 Boardman alum Corey Linsley a more respectable ranking as the 11th best guard prospect in the country. He went on to play at Ohio State and on March 15, 2021, after starting in all of the 99 games that he played in seven years with the Green Bay Packers, he signed a five-year, $62.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. It will make him the highest-paid center in NFL history.
I think that it's about time that we all gave Boardman their due when it comes to producing elite offensive linemen. Whether or not current Spartan Joe Sferra will meet that high of a standard is something that only the future can tell, but he's putting in work at a school that knows a little something about getting their guys to the next level with or without the recommendation from national media sources. At 6-foot-3, 290 pounds, Sferra definitely isn't a guy that old school guys like myself would've targeted in a classic game of red rover back in the day. He plows through opposing defensive linemen like a truck moving snow in the winter and it's been reported on social media that he's already one of the strongest Spartans ever. Dartmouth, Clarion, and Lake Erie College have extended offers and with Sferra carrying a 3.95 overall GPA, I'm sure that another dominant season will make that list grow even more.
'22 QB Brady Shannon: Youngstown Ursuline... When Dan Reardon returned to Youngstown Ursuline as their head coach in 2019, you knew that sooner or later, they would soon be back among the elite football programs in not only the Mahoning Valley, but throughout Ohio within their division. During his first stint as the head of the Fighting Irish, the former Warren G. Harding assistant led them to three consecutive Division V state titles in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Eleven years later, they just might have the talent to run the table in Division IV as quarterback Brady Shannon headlines a squad that returns a boat load of talent from last season. In 2020, he was 95-of-155 for 1,242 yards and 15 touchdowns, earning him Division IV All-Ohio Honorable Mention. Being the great athlete that he is, Shannon had an opportunity to accept a football scholarship to Akron, Kent State, UMass, or Youngstown State University. However, on March 7, 2021, he made the decision to keep his talents at the next level on the diamond as he accepted a baseball scholarship to the University of Central Florida.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 protocols left Ursuline's roster shorthanded the week of theiir fourth round playoff game at Lake Catholic, who soundly defeated the Irish 35-7. Now, Shannon is back for a revenge tour that begins on Thursday, August 19 at home vs. four-time state champion Columbus Bishop Hartley (1986, 2010, 2015, 2016).
'22 QB Devin Sherwood: Austintown-Fitch... Being a two-year starter at the high school football level is beyond impressive, but entering your senior year with that distinction suggests an even higher level of leadership qualities. All of which perfectly describes Austintown-Fitch quarterback Devin Sherwood, who is coming off of a junior campaign that saw him go 113-of-177 for 1,587 yards, 20 touchdowns, and just one interception. Coincidentally, his lone hiccup was hauled in by former Raider and current Wayne State Warrior Emarion Perkins in Harding's 24-10 playoff triumph in week 9. While it was the Falcons' first and only loss of the season, it didn't take anything away from Sherwood's stellar season as he earned Division II Second Team All-Ohio honors by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association (OPSWA).
In three career games against Harding, Sherwood is 32-of-60 for 327 yards, 2 touchdowns, and the aforementioned interception while also rushing for 74 yards and two scores on 35 carries. He comes into this season with a record of 1-2 against the Raiders, but through the good and the bad, Sherwood is going to lead by example and play hard until the clock reads 0:00. These are also the thoughts of the coaching staffs at Walsh University, Notre Dame College, and UVA Wise as they have all extended scholarship offers.
'23 QB Jacob Snow: Mentor... If there's one thing that Mentor's football program is known for, it's their tradition of producing great quarterbacks in their fast-paced no-huddle spread offense. Last year, right before the Division I state semifinal vs. Pickerington Central, COVID-19 protocols forced the Cardinals to bench Ian Kipp, their two-time First-Team All-Ohioan, at the very last minute. Despite the absence of the newest Kent State Golden Flash quarterback, Mentor was nearly led to victory by then-sophomore Jacob Snow. Down 21-0 early in the second quarter in the first start of his high school career, Snow began to settle down and nearly led the Northeastern Ohio powerhouse to one of the greatest combacks in OHSAA playoff history. He finished the game with 238 total yards (193 passing & 45 rushing), two touchdown passes, and one interception in a tough 38-31 loss.
Now listed at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, look for the young two-sport star (baseball) to continue to grow within Mentor's proven system. With the Cardinals being among the first to scrimmage Harding this season, it's a great matchup to further prepare them for what they can expect from Allar in week 1.
'22 LB J.R. Tellington: Youngstown Chaney... Michael Zordich Jr. (Penn State), Brandon Beachum (Penn State), Courtney Love (Kentucky), Jordan Jones (Kentucky), Andrew Armstrong (Syracuse), Luke Fulton (Michigan State/Kentucky), Ray Anderson (Youngstown State University), etc. When you think of recent NCAA linebackers from Youngstown, these are the first names that come to mind. Not only are they all alumni of Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, they were all coached by then-assistant Chris Amill Sr., who is now the head coach for Youngstown Chaney. I'd say that knows a thing or two about developing linebackers, which is exactly what he's doing with senior J.R. Tellington.
In 2020, Tellington led the Cowboys with 18 tackles for a loss and 13 sacks. He likes to play up close to the line of scrimmage, almost as if he was a defensive end and when he gets a full head of steam, it's very difficult for opposing offenses to get their hands on him before he wrecks havoc. At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, he has the size and skill that will allow him to join the fraternity of the aforementioned linebackers that were once coached by Amill as Kentucky currently leads the race for his services at the collegiate level.
ATH Terence Thomas: Boardman... You'd be hard pressed to find a more versatile athlete in the Mahoning Valley than Terence Thomas. In 2020, he rushed for 655 yards, passed for 380, and added another 165 receiving yards. All together, that's 1,162 yards worth of total offense that he compiled while scoring 17 touchdowns in 10 games. With a new, but experienced head coach in Seth Antram and a full offseason under his belt, don't be surprised to see Thomas climb taller heights this fall with an experienced group of 16 returning starters (8 apiece on both sides of the ball).
On June 25, 2021, Thomas commited to the Purdue over Boston College, Kentucky, NC State, Marshall, Toledo, etc. At 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, the Boilermakers could opt to put Thomas at cornerback. In any case, the future for this young man is extremely bright.
WR Cam Thompson: Boardman... Armed with a pair of hands that literally seem like they have glue installed on them, Cam Thompson is a viral moment waiting to happen. If the ball is in his area, whether it's high or low, he's coming down with it. Plain and simple. At 6-foot, 195 pounds, he possesses lethal speed and creates a lot of separation at the line of scrimmage. In fact, his time of 100 meter dash time of 10.90 at the 2021 Austintown District Championships resulted in a first place finish. In the shortened 2020 football season, Thompson snagged 16 catches for 411 yards (25.7 yards per catch) and 5 TDs. In his first and only game thus far against Harding in 2019, he hauled in four catches for 87 yards and 2 touchdowns, both of which went for 34 yards apiece.
His current offers are from Robert Morris & Youngstown State University. If either land Thompson, it'd be one of the biggest steals in the entire country.
'23 DE Brenan Vernon: Mentor... According to 247 Sports, Brenan Vernon will enter the 2021 high school football season as the 39th best prospect in the country for the class of 2023. An impressive footnote any way you slice it, but even more impressive considering that Vernon missed a significant amount of time last season with injury. At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, he possesses the size, quickness, and agility that is often seen destroying opposing offensive tackles and with the schedule that Mentor plays, he's quite familiar with going up against the best that the state has to offer.
Speaking of the word "offer," Vernon's list of them included the likes of Ohio State, Alabama, Notre Dame, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, etc. On June 29, 2021, he officially gave a huge verbal commitment to the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Like a couple others on this list, he could potentially provide Harding with the greatest challenge at a position than any that they'll face for the remainder of the year.
'24 ATH Bryce West: Solon... Before you ask, I'll tell you that the answer is "No. That is not a typo." Bryce West doesn't graduate until 2024. This sophomore-to-be is one of the fastest athletes in the entire state as this past track & field season, he had a pair of runner-up finishes both the 100 meter dash (10.91) and 200 (22.42) at the 2021 Austintown District Championships. At the same meet he was the anchor for Solon's boys 4x200 team that took first place with a time of 1:29.39 and two weeks later, they placed eighth at the OHSAA Division I Track & Field Meet with a time of 1:29.24. On the football field, West displayed that same speed at the cornerback position and on special teams as he blocked a few extra points last fall. Don't be wouldn't be surprised to see a more expanded role for him.
West's talent is no secret as both Michigan State and Kentucky have already extended scholarship offers. The sky is the limit for this young star, so as much as he accomplished last season as a freshman, the best has yet to come.
'22 DE Clive Wilson: Youngstown Chaney... In case you haven't got the memo yet, Youngstown Chaney coach Chris Amill Sr. and his staff are breathing life into the Cowboys program. This is the same school that produced area legends like Matt Cavanaugh, Jerry Olsavsky, Michael Zordich Sr., Brad Smith, Keilen Dykes, Anthony Floyd, etc. All of whom are among the 13 Chaney alumni that had careers playing in the NFL. While it remains to be seen whether or not senior Clive Wilson will eventually add his name to that prestigious list, his name will definitely be one to listen out for moving forward.
In 2020, 17 of Wilson's 56 tackles went for a loss. Ten of those were sacks and he also forced three fumbles. The 6-foot-4, 250 pound defensive end is explosive off the edge, especially when he stands up at the line of scrimmage. Don't take my word for it though. Just ask Boston College, who officially outdueled Kentucky in the recruiting for Wilson's future services when he announced his commitment on June 19, 2021. For now, with him and Tellington leading the way for the Chaney defense, don't expect things to come easy for opposing offenses this fall.