Top High School Football Defensive Linemen in Class of 2021

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Why is Ohio State ranked No. 1 in the recruiting wars for the Class of 2021?

Just take a look at the top high school football defensive linemen and you’ll see why. The Buckeyes own verbal commitments from three of the top eleven recruits, according to the composite rankings.

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Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has gotten verbals from in-state players Jack Sawyer, No. 3 in the rankings, of Pickerington North and No. 11 Mike Hall of Streetsboro. No. 7 Tunmise Adeleye of IMG Academy (Florida) has said yes to Coach Day.

Jack Swayer, North Pickerington (Ohio)

The top-ranked guy up-front on the defense is Korey Foreman, a strong-side defensive end from California’s Corona Centennial. Foreman, de-committed from Clemson earlier this year, had five sacks last year. On Wednesday, he tweeted his top seven schools.

At the The Opening 2019, Foreman, who is 6-4, 265-pounds, was named the defensive lineman MVP.

Korey Foreman, Corona Centennial (California)

Out of the State of Washington, Eastside Catholic’s J.T. Tuimoloau is the No. 2 ranked defensive lineman. Ohio State is also in the running for Tuimoloau’s talents

J.T. Tuimoloau, Eastside Catholic (Washington)

Damon Payne of Belleville High in Michigan is expected to head south when he announces his college decision. Many expect him to end-up at the University of Alabama.

Damon Payne, Belleville (Michigan)

Maason Smith of Terrebonne in Louisiana is ranked No. 5. On the 4th of July he announced his Top 8 — Georgia, LSU, Florida, Oregon, Alabama, Miami, Oklahoma and USC.

Maason Smith, Terrebonne (Louisiana)

Defensive Linemen, Class of 2021

No. 1 Korey Foreman, SDE – Corona Centennial (California) – Uncommitted

No. 2 J.T. Tuimoloau, SDE – Eastside Catholic (Washington) – Uncommitted

No. 3 Jack Sawyer, SDE – Pickerington North (Ohio) – Ohio State

No. 4 Damon Payne, DT – Belleville (Michigan) – Uncommitted

No. 5 Maason Smith, DT – Terrebonne (Louisiana) – Uncommitted

No. 6 Leonard Taylor, DT – Palmetto (Miami, Florida) – Uncommitted

No. 7 Tunmise Adeleye, SDE – IMG Academy (Florida) – Ohio State

No. 8 Dylan Brooks, WDE – Handley (Alabama) – Tennessee

No. 9 Dallas Turner, WDE – St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) – Alabama

No. 10 Tywone Malone, DT – Bergen Catholic (New Jersey) – Uncommitted

No. 11 Mike Hall, DT – Streetsboro (Ohio) – Ohio State

No. 12 Lee Hunter, DT – Blount (Alabama) – Auburn

No. 13 Demeioun Robinson, WDE – Quince Orchard (Maryland) – Maryland

No. 14 Keeshawn Silver, SDE – Rock Mount (North Carolina) – North Carolina

No. 15 Payton Page, DT – Dudley (North Carolina) – Uncommitted

No. 16 Cade Denhoff, SDE – Lakeland Christian School (Florida) – Clemson

No. 17 Tyreak Sapp, SDE – St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) – Florida

No. 18 Clayton Smith, WDE – Texas HS (Texas) – Oklahoma

No. 19 Marcus Burris, SDE – Pleasant Grove (Texas) – Uncommitted

No. 20 Landon Jackson, WDE – Pleasant Grove (Texas) – LSU

No. 21 Jeremian Williams, WDE – Ramsay (Alabama) – Uncommitted

No. 22 Kelvin Gilliam, WDE – Highland Springs (Virginia) – Uncommitted

No. 23 Gabriel Rubio, DT – Lutheran of St. Charles County (Missouri) – Notre Dame

No. 24 Monkell Goodwin, SDE – National Christian Academy (Maryland) – Uncommitted

No. 25 Elliot Donal, DT – Pittsburgh Central Catholic (Pennsylvania) – Uncommitted

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.