NJ Athletics 2023 All State Football Teams Defense

Defense was key in the 2023 New Jersey football season, where every game had its share of nail-biting moments thanks to these standout players. Now, it's time to celebrate the defensive heroes of the gridiron. These are the players who brought the crowd to its feet with their tackles, interceptions, and game-changing defensive plays. From the quick and agile to the strong and relentless, we're recognizing the best in the state. Here are our picks for the 2023 New Jersey All-State Defensive Teams, showcasing the toughest and most skilled defenders of the season.


First Team Defense

  • DL: Jahide Lesaine, Irvington
  • DL: Elijah Kinsler, Bergen Catholic
  • DL: Lamont Lester, Don Bosco
  • DL: Connor Martin, Delbarton
  • LB: Trashon Dye, Passaic Tech
  • LB: Fatim Diggs, Camden Eastside
  • LB: Davin Brewton, Red Bank Catholic
  • DB: Jamie Tyson, Mainland
  • DB: Vaboue Toure, Irvington
  • DB: Jaylen McClain, Seton Hall Prep
  • DB: Kaj Sanders, Bergen Catholic
  • UTL: JJ Sinclair, Mainland
  • P: Jake Horowitz, Manalapan
  • Extra: DL: Jordan Thomas, Don Bosco

Second Team Defense 

  • DL: Brahim Wynn, Timber Creek
  • DL: Hunter Watson, Mainland
  • DL: Lorenzo Portella, Red Bank Catholic
  • DL: Maraad Watson, Irvington
  • LB: Christian Magliacano, St. Thomas Aquinas
  • LB: DJ McClary, Snyder
  • LB: Colin Gallagher, Middletown South
  • DB: Julius Dominguez, Camden Eastside
  • DB: Naiim Parrish, Bergen Catholic
  • DB: Jeremiah Pruitt, Toms River North
  • DB: Cashmere Jones, Passaic Tech
  • UTL: Myles Hamilton, Linden
  • P: Tyler Scarpone, Kittany
  • Extra: Anthony Nittoli, DePaul

Third Team Defense

  • DL: Logan Graham, Red Bank Catholic
  • DL: Richard James, Camden
  • DL: Kaiden Rex, Passaic Tech
  • DL: Za'eir Day, Donovan Catholic
  • LB: Damien Peterson, Rancocas Valley
  • LB: Julian Casale, Caldwell
  • LB: Dallas Hurley, Delbarton
  • DB: Michael Lemay, Lenape
  • DB: Braheem Long, Camden
  • DB: Jahmir Joseph, St. Joe’s Regional
  • DB: Kyon Conyers, Millville
  • UTL: Lincoln Youtz, Mount Olive
  • P: Brian Gruber, Sussex County Tech
  • Extra: Darian Blachewicz, Millville