West 2012 Preseason Rankings: MLBs

Norco (Calif.) four-star Scott Starr tops the West's preseason middle linebacker rankings...

1. Scott Starr
Norco (Calif.)- Commited to USC
One of the most versatile linebackers in the nation, can play inside our outside.

2. Aaron Porter
La Habra (Calif.)- Committed to UCLA
Has anchored his team to a pair of CIF-SS titles the last two years.

3. Butch Pauu
Anaheim (Calif.) Servite- Committed to BYU
Pound for pound, there may not be a better backer in the West.

4. Ryan McDaniel
Torrance (Calif.) North
Also a power running back, but he wants to play linebacker in college.

5. C.J. Dozier
Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral- Committed to Arizona State
Another versatile backer who could play either linebacker or spot or even safety.

6. Blake Martinez
Tucson (Ariz.) Canyon Del Oro- Committed to Stanford
The top middle linebacker in Arizona is an excellent student.

7. Thomas Brown
Gardena (Calif.) Serra
The transfer from St. Anthony's has good size and agility.

8. Blake Rodgers
Las Flores (Calif.) Tesoro- Committed to Washington
A prototypical middle linebacker, sure tackler and smart player.

9. Joel Skotte
Bend (Ore.) Mountain View
A good athlete can play a number of positions.

10. Daniel Halverson
Portland (Ore.) Grant 
Physically an impressive player who can cover and hit.

Next 5 (11-15)
11. Jordan Pulu, Federal Way (Wash.)- Committed to Washington State
12. Darnell Murray, Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill
13. Hardy Nickerson, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd- Committed to California
14. Andrew Pint, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian- Committed to Boise State
15. Josh Lang, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West

National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager Brandon Huffman, Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell and Northwest Recruiting Analyst Jake Worthen contributed to these rankings.

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