2023 HSSN football position-by-position breakdown: Scouting the defensive line
Monday, August 21, 2023 | 6:45 AM
TribLive HSSN will break down the top players at one position per day until Week Zero. Here’s a look at the top defensive linemen for the 2023 season.
1. Connor Young
Senior, 6-3, 260
A Navy recruit with a good motor for chasing down ball carriers, Young earned first-team all-conference honors at defensive tackle. He’ll likely play snaps at both tackle and end this season under new Blue Devils coach Mike Collodi, who intends to move Young around the defensive front to keep opponents from keying on him. He’ll also start at offensive tackle. The Blue Devils held opponents to 13.7 points per game last season. Young committed to the Naval Academy in June. He had nearly two dozen college offers, including many from the Ivy and Patriot leagues, along with Army and Air Force. He’s the third Mt. Lebanon player to commit to the Midshipmen in three years.
2. Ty Yuhas
Senior, 6-3, 260
Yuhas is part of a Central Catholic defense that’s loaded with future Division I college players. A versatile lineman who’s proven hard to block, Yuhas earned first-team all-conference honors at defensive end last season. He helped the Vikings reach the WPIAL Class 6A finals. He received an offer from Pitt in February and committed five days later. He also had a Kent State offer.
3. Cameron Chmura
Senior, 6-3, 290
A strong, run-stuffing tackle, Chmura bolstered a defense that celebrated a WPIAL title last season. The Marshall recruit had 42 total tackles and showed an ability to pressure the quarterback with three sacks. He earned first-team all-conference honors at defensive tackle. The Tigers held six opponents to a touchdown or less. He had nearly two dozen college offers, including Air Force, Army, Central Michigan, Kent State, Ohio and UMass. He also starts at offensive tackle for the Tigers.
4. Charlie Meehleib
Senior, 6-4, 230
The Bucknell recruit earned defensive player of the year honors in the Class 3A Interstate Conference. Meehleib is quick for his size, giving him an edge over many would-be blockers. He earned first-team all-conference honors for the second year in a row. He also starts on the offensive line. He chose the Bison over offers from Army, Air Force, Lehigh, Maine and VMI.
5. Braden Laux
Senior, 6-5, 215
Laux plays the rare combination of a defensive end and quarterback while making plays on both sides of the ball. He passed for more than 1,000 yards last season when the Leopards won their first state title, and coaches voted him first-team all-conference at defensive end after making 32 tackles and five sacks. He is committed to Eastern Michigan, where he’ll play a different position yet: tight end.
One to watch
Sophomore, 6-2, 215
Taylor, who can play defensive end or linebacker, was credited with 17 sacks last season for the WPIAL Class A runners-up. He had 62 tackles and earned first-team all-conference honors on the defensive line, drawing attention from college recruiters. He lists Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia among his early offers.
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Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Chris by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
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