West: Top Five Linebackers

The West's top two linebackers are Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou's Isaac Savaiinaea in the middle and Concord (Calif.) De La Salle's Michael Hutchings outside...

West: Top Five Linebackers
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
High School: Punahou
Size: 6-3, 230
Recruiting: Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC
Highlights:
Scouting Report: Savaiinaea is everything you want in an inside linebacker. He has size, toughness, above average athleticism, is a solid tackler and plays with a motor. He's a huge hitter who plays sideline to sideline and has the athletic ability to be a three down linebacker. He clocked a 4.62-40 and jumped 32 inches in the vertical at the recent NIKE Combine in Hawaii last month and is regarded as the best prospect to come out of Hawaii since former Punahou linebacker Manti Teo.
 
Location: Concord, Calif.
High School: De La Salle
Size: 6-2/220
Recruiting: California, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Washington
Highlights:
Scouting Report: Hutchings is well put together and has nice, long arms with a good base. He can take on linemen and usually makes short work of backs trying to block him. He can slip his blockers because he moves so well laterally. His hits are big and almost always end up in a ball carrier or receiver on the ground because he runs through them. Hutchings excels in coverage and does a great job on his pass drops. Also has tremendous instincts.
 
Location: Lakeside, Ariz.
High School: Blue Ridge
Size: 6-3/230
Recruiting: Arkansas, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Washington
Highlights:
Scouting Report: Cox stars on both sides of the ball, showing out at both inside linebacker and fullback. On defense, he shows his toughness and excellent football instincts while showing his speed, quickness and high level athleticism at fullback. He's a tough kid who covers a lot of ground at linebacker and is a natural run stuffer. At fullback he's quick through the hole with good hands out of the backfield and could easily play on either side of the ball in college.
 
Location: Bellevue, Wash.
High School: Bellevue
Size: 6-2/215
Recruiting: Arizona State, California, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, Washington
Highlights:
Scouting Report: Jack is another two-way standout who plays running back and outside ‘backer. He's a dynamic athlete on both sides of the ball but projects best on the defensive side of the ball. He's an explosive hitter and plays with an edge to him. He's a devastating blocker on offense and actually plays defensive end but will have no problem making a smooth transition to linebacker. He's a blur off the edge and blessed with a ton of fast twitch ability. By the end of the summer, don't be shocked if Jack is the top rated outside linebacker in the region.
Location: Westlake Village, Calif.
High School: Oaks Christian
Size: 6-2/215
Recruiting: Arizona, Oregon State, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington
Highlights:
Scouting Report: Judge was the top defensive player for one of the state's top programs last year. He has excellent size and toughness and could bulk up in to an inside ‘backer in college or play as a weakside ‘backer. He covers a lot of ground and shows the speed to track down ball carriers from behind. He's smooth in pass coverage and does a nice job getting off blocks and making a tackle in run support. He shows excellent football instincts and plays with a high IQ.
 

The Next Five: Alani Latu (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Viliami Latu (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Danny Mattingly (Spokane Mead, Wash.), Joey Martarano (Fruitland, Idaho), Sean Barton (Woods Cross, Utah) 

 


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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