1) Jayson Ademilola (6-3, 285), DL, St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.), Notre Dame commit
The battle for the state's top recruit came down to Ademilola, Tyler Friday and Dorian Hardy, all of which have made strong cases in these initial rankings for 2018. But in breaking down the film, Ademilola edged those two out as he displayed a tremendous motor, burst and violent hands all season long. And he was efficient in both facets of defensive line play -- as he anchored down against the run and provided interior pass rush which any quarterback will tell you is the toughest type of pressure to combat.
In 2016, Ademilola accumulated 86 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, 10. 5 sacks, eight quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles -- high productivity from the interior defensive line, and against some of the top opposition in the country.