2022 High School Football Season Preview: Anthony Hill Jr., Troy Bowles Title Top 10 Linebackers

Anthony Hill Jr. of Denton Ryan (Texas) and Troy Bowles of Jesuit (Tampa, Florida) top the list. Both were selected to the 2021 MaxPreps Junior All-America team as Hill Jr. led the Raiders to their first state title since 2002 in his second season and Bowles helped the Tigers win their first state championship in 53 years.

Bowles is one of three Georgia commits featured in 2023. CJ Allen of Lamar County (Barnesville, Georgia) and Raylen Wilson of Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.) join the Jesuit four-star linebacker. Tackett Curtis (USC) and Drayk Bowen (Notre Dame) are the other two linebackers already signed.

Three of the 10 selections are juniors – Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa of St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), Sammy Brown of Jefferson (Ga.) and TJ Capers of Columbus (Miami). They’re still undecided and the only senior undecided is Hill Jr.

Florida leads with four linebackers, followed by Georgia with two. California, Indiana, Louisiana and Texas all have choices.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 225

Status: Unconfirmed | Class: senior (2023)

The top-ranked linebacker in his class ended his junior season with 131 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, eight sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and seven offensive touchdowns.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 205

Status: Commitment to Georgia | Class: senior (2023)

He amassed over 100 tackles and led the Tigers to a top 10 finish in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Height: 6-2.5 | Weight: 225

Status: Unconfirmed | Class: Junior (2024)

Missed his second season with a knee injury after a strong first year in spring. Will play an important role in defense for the #1 team in the MaxPreps Top 25.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 220

Status: Committed to USC | Class: senior (2023)

The recent USC pledge has excelled as a high school-level safety and linebacker. He recorded 100+ tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and had an interception in 2021.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 235

Status: Unconfirmed | Class: senior (2023)

Returned to Jones to finish his high school career after playing at a high level for IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) for the past two years.

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 220

Status: Commitment to Georgia | Class: senior (2023)

One of the best two-way players in high school football had nearly 100 tackles and three interceptions while rushing for more than 1,000 yards and 16 scores on offense.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 215

Status: Commitment to Georgia | Class: senior (2023)

Had more tackles (139) than any other player and is one of the top sideline-to-sideline linebackers in the country.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 230

Status: Unconfirmed | Class: Junior (2024)

Flies around on defense and is one of the best all-around linebackers in high school football.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 225

Status: Committed to Notre Dame | Class: senior (2023)

Named Indiana’s top player heading into the 2022 campaign after an outstanding junior season with 105 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, three sacks and three interceptions while rushing for over 1,000 yards and 20 total scores.

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 215

Status: Unconfirmed | Class: Junior (2024)

The top-rated linebacker at 247Sports for the Class of 2024 has put up legitimate numbers on both sides of the ball as a sophomore despite appearing in just seven games. He had 51 tackles, five tackles for loss and three sacks to go with 753 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on offense.

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