Top 20 defensive linemen in Arkansas high school football

The 2020 Arkansas high school football season has arrived.

To kick off the season, SBLive is previewing the top players at every position. Here’s an inside look at the Top 20 defensive linemen in Arkansas high school football. The list is in alphabetical order.



Mario Benjamin – Jr. – Dollarway

Benjamin has 91 tackles over the past two seasons while playing on both sides of the line.

Zuriel Barton – Sr. – Lamar

Barton had 39 tackles and eight sacks for the Warriors last season.

Rodrick Clark – Sr. – Central (West Helena)

Clark made 32 tackles last season to go along with eight sacks and three forced fumbles.

Adrian Conway – Sr. – Hot Springs

Conway has shown his versatility throughout the front seven on defense. He had 51 tackles, seven sacks, and three forced fumbles as a junior.

Nico Davillier – Jr. – Maumelle

Davillier made a major impression after recording 22 tackles and two sacks as a sophomore. He’s picked up offers from Auburn, Arkansas, Georgia and five others.

Triston Evatt – Sr. – White Hall

Evatt had 52 tackles and seven and a half sacks for the Bulldogs last season.

Chris Haywood – Sr. – Foreman

Haywood enters his fourth varsity season having collected 257 tackles, 24 sacks, and eight forced fumbles.

Dwan Holliman – Jr. – Sylvan Hills

Holliman uses his strength to disrupt the offense.

JJ Hollingsworth – Jr. – Greenland

Hollingsworth had 33 tackles and a sack during his sophomore season. He’s committed to Arkansas.

Tyler Johnson – Sr. – Newport

Johnson tallied 48 tackles and nine sacks for the Greyhounds last season.

Kyron Kidd – Sr. – Fairview

A two-way starter for the Cardinals, Kidd racked up 65 tackles and three and a half sacks last season.

Tayshaun Leader – Sr. – Greenwood

Leader had 65 tackles, seven sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception last season to lead the Bulldogs to a 10-2 record.

Tyas Martin – Sr. – Jacksonville

Martin is a dominant force on the interior of the defensive line. He’s committed to Colorado.

Markell Pollins – Sr. – Gurdon

Entering his fourth season on varsity, Pollins has tallied 123 tackles, eight sacks, and five forced fumbles.

Matthew Pouncil – Sr. – Fairview

Pouncil had 40 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception last season.

Shawn Rogers – Sr. – Fort Smith Southside

Rogers is a run stuffer, having collected 94 tackles over the past two seasons.

Slade Skeets – Sr. – Charleston

A two-way lineman for the Tigers, Skeets has racked up 135 tackles and 15.5 sacks over the past two seasons.

Andre Sparks – Sr. – Springdale

Sparks had a breakout junior season with 61 tackles, 14 sacks, and three forced fumbles.

Keith Wells, Jr. – Jr. – Monticello

Wells plays all over the field for the Billies and has an offer from Arkansas Baptist.

Deldrick (DJ) Withers – Sr. – Joe T. Robinson

Withers picked up 75 tackles and eight sacks last season. He’s committed to Kansas.


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