Outside the Huddle and Blitz are counting down who they feel are the top 50 individual players in northeast Indiana heading into the 2023 season.Our highest preseason honor, the 5th annual First Eleven profiles the top players (in the mind of Outside the Huddle) entering this fall.
No. 8: DE/DT Ashton Pesetski, senior, Carroll
The free-flowing hair put him on the radar for the First Eleven, but it is Ashton Pesetski’s play on the field that cemented his place.
Pesetski is a freak athlete, something we don’t say very much in this area when it comes to defensive linemen. Run a 40 against him or trying to out-distance him in the long jump. You’ll lose.
It is that athleticism that spells doom for opposing offenses, particularly their linemen. You cannot block what you cannot touch, and Pesetski is so fleet afoot he is around the edge before most linemen can get out of their stance.
His 2022 numbers are video game-esque – 84 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, three forced fumbles. While he can play on the interior, the outside is where he thrives.
Pesetski’s physicality is nearly as impressive as his quickness, and he doesn’t shy away from it.
On a defense full of standouts, Pesetski is one of the most fearsome.
COACH’S QUOTE ON ASHTON PESETSKI“Ashton is a returning all-state defensive end that led the team in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks. He is a great leader and we forward to his senior season.”– Carroll coach Doug Dinan