ESPNBoston.com and its high schools section today announce that Lukas Denis, senior defensive back of the Everett High School Crimson Tide, is the recipient of this year's Defensive Player of the Year award.
The Defensive Player of the Year award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff and correspondents, as well as analysts from Scouts Inc. Denis will be presented the award at a later date. He joins Chelmsford's Tim Joy (2011), Duxbury's Marshall McCarthy (2012) and this year's ESPN Boston Mr. Football winner, Xaverian's Joe Gaziano (2013) among past recipients in the award's four-year history.
In his fourth year with the Tide's varsity, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Denis turned in one of the most explosive seasons by an Everett play in recent memory, finishing the season with 52 tackles, two forced fumbles and eight interceptions -- three of them getting returned for touchdowns -- from the cornerback position. Counting his touches on offense as both a receiver and running back, Denis accounted for a total of 17 touchdowns through the air, ground and on defense.
Last month, Denis was named one of five finalists for ESPN Boston's fifth annual "Mr. Football" award, which was won yesterday by Gaziano. He earned ESPN Boston All-State honors last season after registering 32 tackles and an interception.
Denis will continue his career next year at Boston College, where he will become the fourth Tide defensive back to make the Eagles' roster in the last eight seasons.