STOCK RISERS | A look at several of Orlando’s rising DE prospects (2023-24) – We take a look at several of the key and impressive looking defensive end prospects in the Orlando area, guys with big time speed and talent that are making some huge headways and are guys to know coming up on the defensive edges.
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Thomas Ayers, DE/LB, 2024, Colonial @ThomasAyers123
Ayers is one of the younger players making the list in the 2024 sophomore class and this Colonial play maker is a player that has some impressive athletic skills and is versatile at both end and backer spots to keep an eye on and watch for. Ayers is one the radar and a player in the Orlando area that could be a bigger impact maker in the coming 2022 season to know and watch for.
Aidan Cooper, 6’0”, 195, DE, 2023, Gateway @Itsco0p_
Cooper is one of the most athletic play making defensive standouts in the Orlando area and a player with a great motor that goes and goes and goes some more on the field at Gateway. Cooper was fourth in the team with 42 tackles in his eight games and had nine tackles for losses, and 5.3 tackles per game. No doubt a great looking Panther prospect to know that came on huge as the year went on more and more with several big time looking tackles from the edge of the defensive unit.
Noah Daniels, 6’4, 215, DE, 2024, Winter Park @NoahDaniels33
Daniels is a very impressive looking DE prospect and this hot ‘24 class athlete is a bigger 6-4, 215 pounds also, takes the edge for length time and time again when faced against OL trying to keep him from dominating in the trenches. Had 27 tackles in 10 games this season and is a guy that has the talent to go off for 50 plus in 2022 with his huge talents and toughness.
Martavius Durden, 6’3”, 230, DE, 2024, Olympia @MartaviusDurde1
Durden is a very impressive looking end and a player that can make some huge plays happen on the edge for Olympia, Durden, a college ready frame at 6-3, 230 is a player that is big and physical as a powerful rush end that is huge against the run. One of the elite battlers on the end, loves to power through and past blocks, very physical, uses hands well to fight off blocks and make some huge plays against the football.
Jason Gutierrez, 6’1, 190, DE/LB, 2023, Dr. Phillips @JasonGu93352888
Gutierrez is a speed end and a player that will look to be a pressure end and guy that can get off the snap and be a menace in the backfield for the impressive Dr. Phillips defense. No doubt a player that is a senior to know in 2022 and a veteran that will look to make a impact with his speed and aggressive style on the outside edge. Is very quick off the edge and is a player that is hard to block and shows excellent lower body power.
Cameron Hemingway, DE/FB, 2024, Lyman @camhemingway
Cameron is a player that saw action in three games this season and will be a player who should see more and more playing time from his edge spot, Hemingway is also a fullback, one of the up and coming sophomores on the team that is a two way player that can make some big time plays happen with his power and toughness.
Derrick LeBlanc, 6’5, 225, DE, 2023, Osceola @getrightderrick
One of the elite athletes in the Orlando area, LeBlanc is a huge game changing talent for sure and a player that is loaded for talent as well for Osceola. LeBlanc had 38 tackles in 12 games for the loaded defensive unit and will be one of the biggest pure talents on defense to know as a senior for the upcoming 2022 season ahead. With 12 tackles for losses Derrick is one of the most talented edge play makers in Florida and has drawn offers from everyone and recently narrowed his list to Clemson, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State and Central Florida and will make his decision on July 23.
Jose Rojas, 5’11, 220, DE, 2024, Orlando Christian @TheJoseRojas56
Rojas is a very talented play maker that can make some impressive plays happen and is one of those in your face intensity defenders at Orlando Christian. Rojas is a 5-11, 220 enforcer that can make some big plays, saw action in four games this year and will be one of the juniors to know entering the 2022 season, his experience should pay off as he gets more and more reps in 2022 as a key end and player to have on the radar.
Trace Scott, 6’4”, 245, DE, 2024, Timber Creek @Scott3Trace
Scott is a menacing sized 6-4, 245 from his DE spot at TImber Creek, a player that uses good footwork and excellent leverage to be a major play maker on the edge. Scott is a player that plays very smart, one of those guys that has a great field awareness that is very hard to teach, a great competition and a player that is one of the better play reading defensive ends in the area. Huge things in store for this talented 2024 grad.
📸 courtesy @Scott3Trace
Calvin Smith, 6’4, 230, DE, 2023, Ocoee @calvinsmith42
Smith is one of the elite play making defensive end prospects out there and could be the best edge play maker in the Orlando area, a major talent with a D1 frame at 6-4, 230, his size and speed are huge mismatch problems for offensive lines to try and block and keep out of the backfield. Had 62 tackles and 10.5 sacks in 10 games this past year and was a force, Smith also posted a big time looking 29 tackles for losses, you just don’t get better than that, Smith lives in the opponents backfield and that’s why college programs love his game. He has drawn offers from Penn State, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Mississippi State, Rutgers, Kansas and many others.