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Elite 81: First Team Defense

By Chad Rader, 810 Varsity, 01/28/19, 3:00AM CST


Read the 810 Varsity First Team for 2018 football


The postseason Elite 81 team has been named by 810 Varsity for the 2018 football season. Originally just 81 players, the list has grown over the years...

Defensive Line

Photo: Darryl Woods, 810 Varsity

Adetomiwa Adebawore
North Kansas City
Senior, 6-foot-3, 255

  • First team Missouri Class 5 all state
  • Suburban White Def. Player of Year
  • 810 Varsity MO Big Class D-Lineman of Year
  • Northwestern commit

Photo: Susana Goodwyn

Javier Derritt, St. Thomas Aquinas
Senior, 6-foot-3, 270

  • First team Kansas Class 5A all state
  • 810 Varsity KS Big Class DL of Year
  • First team EKL selection
  • North Dakota State commit

Photo: Ross Martin, Platte County Citizen

Jake Fisher, Smithville
Senior, 6-foot-5, 225

  • First team Missouri Class 4 all state
  • 810 Varsity MO Small Class DL of Year
  • Northwest Missouri State commit

Photo: David Smith, 810 Varsity

James Gore, Park Hill
Junior, 6-foot-1, 300

  • First team Suburban Gold
  • Two-time 810 Varsity Combine MVP (2017, 2018)
  • U.S. Army National Combine 2017, 2018

Photo: Blue Springs South football

Nick Henderson, Blue Springs
Junior, 6-foot-4, 225

  • First team Class 6 all state
  • Second team Suburban Gold selection
  • 48 tackles, 15 TFL, 9 sacks

Hampton Minniefield, Lee's Summit West
Senior, 6-foot-2, 220

  • First team Suburban Gold
  • 53 tackles, 13.5 TFL
  • Missouri Western, DII offers

Mark McGhee, Lee's Summit North
Junior, 6-foot-3, 285

  • First team Suburban Gold
  • Anchored D-Line of league title team

Photo: Ed Magyar,

Etinosa Reuben, Park Hill South
Senior, 6-foot-4, 270

  • Second team Missouri Class 5 all state
  • 62 tackles, 16 TFL
  • Clemson commit

PJ Spencer, SM East
Senior, 6-foot-3, 250

  • First Team Sunflower League
  • First Team Kansas Class 6A
  • Northwestern commit

Photo: Darryl Woods, 810 Varsity

Jalen Williams, Bishop Miege
Senior, 6-foot-4, 225

  • First team Eastern Kansas League
  • First team Kansas Class 4A
  • 810 Varsity Small Class Def. Lineman of Year
  • 12.5 sacks for state champs
  • Missouri State commit

Photo: David Smith, 810 Varsity

Johnny Wilson, Park Hill
Junior, 6-foot-2, 250

  • First-team Missouri Class 5 all state
  • First-team Suburban Gold
  • Two-time 810 Varsity Combine MVP (2017, 2018)
  • 87 tackles, 19 TFL in just 10 games
  • Offers: Mizzou, Iowa, Arkansas, Iowa St


Brian Boyd, Smithville

Jax Dineen, Free State

Dylan Downing, Bishop Miege

Zach Goodeyon, St. Thomas Aquinas (pictured)

Skyler Meyers, Blue Springs South (pictured)

Hayden Gregg, Staley

Chopper Mordecai, Kearney

Darin Robertson, Gardner-Edgerton

Tyler Stottle, SM East (pictured)

Haden Wallace, Park Hill

Von Young IV, Fort Osage

Defensive Backs

Quinten Arello, Staley

Steph Black, Blue Springs (pictured)

Ben Hanson, Mill Valley

Kordon Harris, St. Thomas Aquinas

Cooper Krezek, Rockhurst

Dontae Manning, Raytown

Josh Moore, Rockhurst

Payton Murray, Park Hill South (pictured)

Antione Nunn, Belton (pictured)

Jaylen Scruggs, Bishop Miege

Cahleel Smith, Fort Osage

Trey Vaval, Blue Springs South