West: Top Ten Outside Linebackers

Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker Dwight Williams tops a talented group of outside linebackers from the West...

West: Early Top Ten Outside Linebackers
Location: Gardena, Calif.
High School: Serra
Size: 6-1/212
Recruiting: Arizona State, Boise State, California, Clemson, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Houston, Iowa State, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon State, South Florida, Tennessee, Texas Tech, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Washington State
The Skinny: The West's top outside linebacker has been a mainstay for the Cavs, and helped lead them to the CIF State D-II title.  Williams has twice been the linebacker MVP at the Los Angeles NFTC and already has been invited to The Opening.  Williams is great at stopping the run and has taken his game to another level in pass coverage, looking fluid and moving well laterally.
Location: El Cerrito, Calif.
High School: El Cerrito
Size: 6-1, 205
Recruiting: Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Nebraska, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State
The Skinny: Calhoun is one of the most physical hitters you'll see at the position in the region.  Could drop back and play safety or be a mini-backer, but is great in run support and dropping into coverage.  Pound-for-pound, may be the best linebacker in the region.
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: Salesian
Size: 6-2/210
Recruiting: Arizona, Boise State, Colorado, Memphis, Ohio State, Oregon, Oregon State, South Carolina, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin
The Skinny: Ware could play a myriad of positions in college, inside or outside linebacker, grow into a defensive end or even play tight end.  One of the most versatile players in the region, Ware oozes upside.  He's a good athlete with good speed and his best football is still ahead of him.
Location: Wailuku, Hawaii
High School: Baldwin
Size: 6-4/207
Recruiting: Committed to Oregon
The Skinny: The top prospect in the state of Hawaii in this class, Hoiem missed much of his junior year with an injury but looked terrific on the camp circuit prior.  Has ideal 3-4 OLB size.  Was one of the top performers at the Oregon NFTC a year ago, the school he would ultimately commit to.
Location: Portland, Ore.
High School: Jesuit
Size: 6-3/210
Recruiting: Arizona State, Boston College, California, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, Washington, Washington State, Yale
The Skinny: Oregon's top prospect, Alfieri could play on either side of the ball, in college.  He's played tight end pretty well in the past, and has the athleticism to be an outside linebacker but could blossom into a middle linebacker at the next level.  Takes his game up a notch when the lights have shined brightest.
The Next Five:
6. Curtis Bolton (Murrieta, Calif.)
7. Greg Hoyd (Murrieta, Calif.)
8. Jordan Perez (Carlsbad, Calif.)
9. Donavin Buck (Brawley, Calif.)
10. Tyler Cook (Murrieta, 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.

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