West: Preseason Top Ten Defensive Ends

Redlands (Calif.) East Valley's Kylie Fitts and Upland (Calif) Joe Mathis lead the West Defensive Ends rankings...

West: Preseason Top Ten Defensive Ends
Location: Redlands, Calif.
High School: East Valley
Size: 6-4, 245
Recruiting: Committed to USC
The Skinny: Fitts has anchored the REV defensive line for the past couple of years and the West's top defensive end figures to do so again this season.  He didn't do many camps, other than USC's Rising Stars, but the fact remains, with the pads on, there are few defensive prospects in the West better than him.
Location: Upland, Calif.
High School: Upland
Size: 6-4/250
Recruiting: Nebraska, Washington, Michigan, Utah, UCLA, USC
The Skinny: There's still not much separating Mathis from Fitts for that top spot in the region.  Mathis was everywhere this spring and summer, doing a number of camps and 7on7 tournaments, playing everything from defensive end to linebacker.  He lost a lot of weight to try and play linebacker, but his best spot is defensive end, where he earned MVP honors at the SoCal NFTC.
Location: Peoria, Ariz.
High School: Centennial
Size: 6-4/240
Recruiting: Committed to Washington
The Skinny: In terms of physical upside, Farria has more than anyone on this list. He's still raw, but athletically is off the charts.  He had a great performance at the UW Rising Stars Camp and then he committed to the Huskies a few weeks later.  If he gets everything taken care of off the field, the Huskies will have gotten a good one.
Location: Concord, Calif.
High School: De La Salle
Size: 6-4/225
Recruiting: California, Stanford, Washington, Oregon, Notre Dame
The Skinny: Hooper can play a number of positions, from outside linebacker to tight end to defensive end, and his offer sheet is big largely because of his ability to play several different spots.  We think his best position is as a pass-rushing defensive end though, and even though he didn't do any camps this spring or summer, he's been a rock for the three-time defending state champions.
Location: Inglewood, Calif.
High School: Inglewood
Size: 6-4/235
Recruiting: Tennessee, Nebraska, Oregon State, Washington State
The Skinny: Jackson may be the most physically impressive defensive end in the West, and while he's still pretty raw, his upside is off the charts.  Like other players at this position, Jackson can play a number of spots, including outside linebacker and he'll even play some tight end this year, where Tennessee likes him.  His best football is still ahead of him.

The Next Five:
6. Calvin Allen (Albuquerque, N.M.)- Committed to Arizona
7. Paulo Lepua (Harbor City, Calif.)
8. Dakota Turner (Mililani, Hawaii)- Committed to San Diego State
9. Austin Berk (Grand Junction, Colo.)- Committed to Colorado State
10. Jack Powers (Salinas, Calif.)


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.

Scout Football Top Stories