NJ Athletics 2023 All State Football Teams Defense - Honorable Mentions

As we celebrate the standout players of New Jersey's high school football season, it's also important to recognize those who just missed the cut but still made significant contributions to their teams. These honorable mentions represent a defensive group of athletes who constantly made big time plays as prime players on their team. See who else was in the mix for our 2023 All State Defense:

Defensive Line

  • Brandon Simmons, Glassboro
  • Josue Cordoba, Plainfield
  • Aidan Oldfield, Oakcrest
  • Manny Cantillo, Union City
  • Julian Montez, Westfield
  • Joe Asiain, St. Peter’s Prep
  • David Brothers, Bernards
  • Dennis Delaney, Old Tappan
  • Anthony Morales, Bergen Catholic
  • Nick Bachman, Holmdel
  • Sir Paris Jones, Pope John
  • Cosmo Fusco, Mountain Lakes


  • Blaise Boland, Toms River North
  • Acear Cornish, Millville
  • Cohen Cook, Mainland
  • Ausar Heard, Winslow
  • Matt Rattay, Roxbury
  • Jayden Brown, Don Bosco Prep
  • Jonathan Lobelo, Hillsborough
  • Antwaun Jackson, Carteret
  • Jake Toye, Brick Township
  • Jordan Alston, Passaic Tech
  • Travon Dye, Passaic Tech
  • Jachai Littlejohn, Irvington
  • Liam Gilmore, Shawnee
  • Christian Gonzalez, Bergen Catholic
  • Kordal Hinton, Union

Defensive Backs

  • Azir Lee, Camden
  • Adam DeCristofaro, Mount Olive
  • Anthony Drago, West Essex
  • Denzel Chavis, Union City
  • Stephen Myers, Red Bank Catholic
  • Anthony Drago, West Essex
  • Micah Ford, Toms River North
  • Luke Houston, Marlboro
  • Da’Shawn Long, Washington Township
  • Zachary Schnorrbusch, Ramapo
  • Lotzier Brooks, Millville
  • Colin Richter, Roxbury
  • Jared Irwin, Roxbury
  • Jake Gruzas, Caldwell
  • Willy Love, Camden Eastside
  • Tristan McLeer, St. Augustine
  • ​​Julian Onesti, St. Augustine