West: Top Five Defensive Ends

The West defensive ends list is led by a couple of Inland Empire natives, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley's Kylie Fitts and Upland (Calif.) defensive end Joe Mathis...

West: Top Five Defensive Ends
Location: Redlands, Calif.
High School: East Valley
Size: 6-4, 245
Recruiting: California, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC, Washington
Scouting Report: Fitts was the best player on one of the state's top ranked defenses a year ago. Relentless is the best word to describe how Fitts plays, as he's a high motor rush end that just keeps coming. He has good size and the frame to play at 265 pounds or so easily. He uses his hands very well, is explosive off the snap and has been very well coached at REV. He's physically tough and does a nice job of getting off blocks and is already a very good pass rusher.
Location: Upland, Calif.
High School: Upland
Size: 6-4/250
Recruiting: Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC, Washington
Scouting Report: There's not much separating Mathis from Fitts for that top spot in the region. Mathis is a high energy player coming off the edge and has the kind of frame that could even bulk up in to a tackle down the road. He's very strong, and his closing speed is as good as you'll see at this level. He pursues to the football very well and his backside support is so good that it's tough to run away from him.
Location: Peoria, Ariz.
High School: Centennial
Size: 6-4/240
Recruiting: Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Colorado, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Washington
Scouting Report: In terms of physical upside, Farria has more than anyone on this list. He's still relatively raw as a player but athletically, is off the charts and can be as good as he wants to be. He's 240 pounds right now and actually looks skinny. He's wiry strong and has a great first step. He's not big on technique yet but is still able to dominate just based on being stronger and quicker than everyone he plays against. Once he learns the position and continues to fill out, the sky is the limit for him.
Location: Concord, Calif.
High School: De La Salle
Size: 6-4/225
Recruiting: Arizona State, Army, California, Northwestern, Oregon State, Washington
Scouting Report: Hooper is your typical player from De La Salle and that's a good thing. He's smart, disciplined and very tough. Hooper is more than just an overachiever however, he has a lot of physical tools that project well to the next level. He has an ideal frame for a 4-3 defensive end- tall and lean with room to add weight, he's quick off the ball and runs very well. He plays with a motor, doesn't stay blocked and makes plays all over the field.
Location: Inglewood, Calif.
High School: Inglewood
Size: 6-4/235
Recruiting: Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska, San Diego State, UCLA, USC, Washington State
Scouting Report: Jackson had his coming out party at last year's SoCal NIKE Camp where he dominated in the one on one drills and had everyone asking who he was. This on the heels of not even playing football as a sophomore and you can see Jackson's upside is off the charts. The athlete is blessed with a college body right now. He's still learning the game but is strong and athletic and plays hard. He's a natural leader who works hard off the field and should have a huge spring/summer.

The Next Five: Jaylen Ruiz (Fresno San Joaquin Memorial, Calif.), Paulo Lepua (Harbor City Narbonne, Calif.), Luca Bruno (Oak Park, Calif.), Austin Berk (Grand Junction, Colo.), Calvin Allen (Albuquerque La Cueva, N.M.) 


National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins), National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman), Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell (@jason247scout) and Northwest Recruiting Analyst Jake Worthen (@JakeWorthen) contributed to these rankings.

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