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EA SPORTS All-America: 1st team defense

2/3/2010

DL -- Dominique Easley, Curtis (Staten Island, N.Y.)
The most heavily recruited player in the state also was a force in Curtis' march to the New York City title. Easley had six sacks and 26 tackles in the postseason alone. He will attend Florida.

DL -- Sharrif Floyd, George Washington (Philadelphia, Pa.)
The two-way lineman led the Eagles to their third straight Public League championship and earned first-team all-state honors at defensive end. He was named National High School Player of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club. Floyd committed to Florida.

DL -- William Gholston, Southeastern (Detroit, Mich.) 6-7, 230, Sr.
A state Player of the Year honoree -- rare for linemen -- the defensive end/linebacker was in on 115 tackles, including 27 sacks this season. The Michigan State recruit also took an interception back for a score.

DL -- Jackson Jeffcoat, Plano West (Plano, Texas)
The Texas signee is ranked the top defensive end and the No. 2 player overall in the ESPNU 150. Jeffcoat was named the Dallas Morning News Defensive Player of the Year and was selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which he missed because of injury. The son of former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Jim Jeffcoat recorded 87 tackles, 8.5 sacks and two interceptions during his senior season.

LB -- Jordan Hicks, Lakota West (West Chester, Ohio)
A two-time first-team all-state pick and the Ohio Division I Defensive Player of the Year, Hicks recorded 90 tackles, including 13 for losses, in 10 games as a senior. He committed to Texas Jan. 29.

LB -- Tony Jefferson, Eastlake (Chula Vista, Calif.)

A force on both sides of the ball for the Titans, Jefferson rushed for over 1,400 yards and 30 touchdowns to finish his high school career with more than 3,000 rushing yards and more than 200 career tackles. He has given a verbal commitment to join Oklahoma.

LB -- Corey Nelson, Skyline (Dallas, Texas)

He was named the Texas Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year and was an all-state selection for the third straight year after leading the Raiders in tackles. Nelson will attend Texas A&M.

LB -- Ronald Powell, Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley, Calif.)
The No. 1 athlete in the ESPNU 150 wrapped up his high school career by capturing Most Outstanding Player after playing on both sides of the ball in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Powell, committed to Florida, switched to linebacker this season after previously playing defensive end.

DB -- Keenan Allen, Northern Gilford (Greensboro, N.C.)
There wasn't much he didn't do for the Nighthawks this year as he played offense, defense and special teams. He scored 53 touchdowns, recorded 145 tackles and had eight interceptions as Northern Gilford won its first conference championship. Allen originally committed to Alabama, but is reconsidering others, including Cal and Penn State.

DB -- DeMarcus Milliner, Stanhope Elmore (Millbrook, Ala.)

He was named to the Class 6A all-state team and was a Super 12 selection after finishing his high school career with more than 20 interceptions and 200 tackles. Like many others on our All-America team, he will be headed to the Alabama next season.

DB -- Alec Ogletree, Newnan (Newnan, Ga.)

He committed to Georgia before his senior season and capped off his high school career by playing in the Under Armour All-American Game. He was named the Times Herald's County Player of the Year after recording 93 tackles and two interceptions. His twin brother, Zander, also has committed to Georgia.

P -- Michael Palardy, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

The left-footed kicker averaged more than 47 yards per punt for the Raiders. All but five of his 43 kickoffs went for touchbacks. He also made seven field goals. Palardy is committed to Tennessee.