From left: Spencer Alston, DB, South Lakes; Ryan Kearney, LB, Howard; Nolan Cockrill, DL, Westfield; Mychale Salahuddin, KR, H.D. Woodson; Jamree Kromah, DL, C.H. Flowers; A.J. Felton, DB, Freedom-Woodbridge; Durell Nchami, LB, Paint Branch; Cam Goode, DL, St. John’s; Dashaun Jerkins, LB, Woodbridge; Player of the Year A.J. Lytton, DB, Wise; Jalen Green, DL, Good Counsel; Raymond Boone, DB, Eleanor Roosevelt; Jalen Williams, DB, Landon; Coach of the Year Kyle Simmons, Westfield. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)


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The following student-athletes have been selected to The Washington Post’s 2017 All-Met team for football on defense:


AJ Lytton, DB, Sr., Wise
The shutdown corner and constant big-play threat flexed his versatility late in the Maryland 4A state final when he sealed Wise’s win over Quince Orchard with an interception on one play and a 39-yard touchdown run off a double-reverse on the next. Lytton anchored the back end of a defense that has allowed double-digit points just 10 times in 42 straight wins over the past three seasons. Verbally committed to Florida State.


Spencer Alston, DB, Sr., South Lakes
Dynamic threat on both sides of the ball averaged 12.8 yards per carry, scored 33 total touchdowns and intercepted three passes at safety. Verbally committed to Ohio State for lacrosse.

Raymond Boone, DB, Sr., Eleanor Roosevelt
Deep threat and hard-hitting safety caught five touchdowns and picked off three passes. Will play for Maryland.

Nolan Cockrill, DL, Sr., Westfield
Pass rusher with a relentless motor started up front as Bulldogs won the last three Virginia Class 6 state finals. Will play for Army.

A.J. Felton, DB, Sr., Freedom-Woodbridge
Lightning-quick read-option quarterback and defensive back threw for over 2,200 yards, rushed for over 1,500 yards and scored 54 total touchdowns with two sacks, two interceptions and 21 passes defended.

Cam Goode, DL, Sr., St. John’s
6-foot, 315-pound nose tackle stuffed runs and crashed pockets for 29 tackles for loss and 14 sacks as the Cadets won their first WCAC title since 1989. Will play for Virginia Tech.

Jalen Green, DL, Jr., Good Counsel
Explosive pass rusher with a quick first step set a school record with 15 sacks in addition to eight tackles for loss.

Dashaun Jerkins, LB, Sr., Woodbridge
Vanderbilt commit lined up all over the field on both sides of the ball and finished with 83 tackles, two sacks, seven tackles for loss and 12 total touchdowns as the Vikings reached the Virginia Class 6 semifinals.

Ryan Kearney, LB, Sr., Howard
Howard County’s defensive player of the year posted 78 tackles to lead a defense that allowed three first-half points in the regular season. The Lions are 36-4 over the past three seasons.

Jamree Kromah, DL, Sr., C.H. Flowers
6-foot-4, 250-pound edge rusher recorded 27 sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception as the Jaguars went undefeated in the regular season.

Durell Nchami, LB, Sr., Paint Branch
Montgomery County’s most imposing defender had 10 tackles for loss, seven sacks and three fumble recoveries from his outside linebacker spot. Will play for Maryland.

Mychale Salahuddin, KR, Sr., H.D. Woodson
All-purpose back averaged more than 10 yards per carry. A Southern California commit, he scored 12 rushing touchdowns and returned one kickoff for a touchdown.

Jalen Williams, DB, Jr., Landon
Roving defender posted 56 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks, three interceptions and a fumble return for a touchdown as the co-IAC-champion Bears held opponents to an average of 200 yards per game.

Julio Ayamel, LB, Jr., Good Counsel
Bryan Bresee, DL, So., Damascus
Juwon Farri, KR, Sr., Northwest
Vincent Flythe III, DB, Sr., H.D. Woodson
Lavonte Gater, DB, Jr., Ballou
Jake Hagy, DL, Sr., Georgetown Prep
Joey Hunt, DB, Sr., Sherwood
Jalund Johnson, LB, Sr., Gwynn Park
Jack Kosko, DL, Sr., Stone Bridge
Demetri Morsell, DB, Sr., Wise
Caleb Okechukwu, DL, Sr., St. John’s
Antoine Sampah, LB, So., Woodbridge
Joseph Wete, DL, Jr., Gonzaga

Keenan Anunay, DB, Sr., Centreville
Tola Banjoko, DL, Sr., Episcopal
Noah Barnett, LB, Jr., Springbrook
Tyler Baylor, LB, Sr., Good Counsel
John Birchmeier, LB, Jr., Broad Run
Noah Boykin, DB, Sr., H.D. Woodson
D.J. Brown, DB, Sr., St. John’s
Malik Bridgeman, DL, Sr., Gonzaga
Darius Buchanan, DB, Jr., Theodore Roosevelt
Ryan Carroll, DB, Sr., Potomac (Md.)
DeAndre Clifton, DL, Sr., Wise
Ron Cook, KR, Jr., St. John’s
Joseph Dagbe, DB, So., South Lakes
Aaron Derwin, DB, Sr., Quince Orchard
Dean Ferguson, LB, Jr., Potomac Falls
Jake Galli, LB, Sr., Gonzaga
Kenny Gardner III, DB, Sr., Blake
DeAndre Jules, DL, Jr., Northwest
Josh King, LB, Sr., Battlefield
Kellis Martin, DL, Sr., Stone Bridge
Javino Matthews, DL, Sr., Phelps
Tre Maxwell, LB, Jr., Centreville
Micah McNeil, DB, Sr., Good Counsel
Ricky Miezan, LB, Sr., Episcopal
Grant Misch, LB, Sr., Potomac Falls
John Morgan, DL, Sr., DeMatha
Taylor Morin, DB Jr., Westfield
Tre’Mon Morris-Brash, DL, Jr., St. John’s
Spencer Newman, LB, Sr., Sherwood
Rudy Ngougni, DL, Sr., Blair
Vincent Notzon, LB, Sr., Episcopal
Sammy Obiang, DL, Sr., Woodbridge
Ike Onwuka, KR, Sr., Patriot
Jayde Pierre, DL, Sr., Dominion
Christopher Rhodes, LB, Sr., Wise
Mekhail Sherman, LB, So., St. John’s
Nicholas Snyder, LB, Sr., Chopticon
Makye Smith, LB, Sr., Douglass
Chris Thompson, DL, Sr., Lackey
Daymon Williams, DB, Sr., Riverdale Baptist
Kareem Williams, DL, Sr., Theodore Roosevelt

Text by Dillon Mullan