By USA TODAY High School Sports | December 15, 2017 12:51 pm ET
Six finalists have been chosen for the American Family Insurance Defensive Player of the Year Award, given annually to the nation’s top defensive player by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The winner will be announced during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Awards Show in San Antonio on Jan. 5, the night before the Army Bowl.
Here are the finalists:
|Palaie Gaoteote||LB||Bishop Gorman||Las Vegas||NV|
|Isaac Taylor-Stuart||LB||Helix||La mesa||CA|
|Xavier Thomas||DL||IMG Academy||Bradenton||FL|
|Taron Vincent||DL||IMG Academy||Bradenton||FL|
Click through the gallery to see all the players in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl: