Palaie Gaoteote

Focus 2018: West Linebackers Watch List

Scout takes an early look at some of the top linebackers in the West in the class of 2018...

With Signing Day wrapped up for 2017, Scout already turns its attention to the class of 2018 and here is a Watch List of linebackers from the West in that class.

Names to Know:

Palaie Gaoteote, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman

Our early pick as the top overall recruit in the region, top LB in region this year as a junior.

Solomon Tuliaupupu, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

Big, tough and physical, can play inside or outside at the next level.

Bo Calvert, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian- Committed to USC

Very good pass rusher off the edge and could even grow in to a DE in college.

Raymond Scott, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne- Committed to USC

Very productive athlete with a motor and can make plays all over the field.

Merlin Robertson, Gardena (Calif.) Serra

A true inside 'backer, loves to hit and has a college frame right now.

Adrian Jackson, Denver (Colo.) Mullen

Extremely versatile defender who plays safety but likely grows in to a full time LB in college.

Eli'jah Winston, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic

Can rush the passer, is strong in run support and natural dropping in to coverage.

Salua Masina, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton

Tall, rangy outside 'backer who does everything well and plays with a tremendous motor.

Omari Harris, Antioch (Calif.)- Committed to California

Very fluid athlete, aggressive and comfortable in space.

Victor Terry, Los Angeles (Calif.) Hawkins

Plays a lot with his hand down, very quick off the edge and can run down plays from behind.

Reggie Hughes, Calabasas (Calif.)

A blur coming off the edge and one of the best pass rushing 'backers in the region.

Ben Wilson, Sumner (Wash.)

Prototype 'mike backer, a tackling machine and can really deliver a blow.

Others to Watch:

Darien Butler, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne

Jack Genova, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

Joshka Gustav, San Bernardino (Calif.) Aquinas

Isaak Togia, Garden Grove (Calif.) Pacifica

Trey McBride, Fort Morgan (Colo.)

Kana'i Mauga, Waianae (Hawaii)

Rocky Savea, Kapolei (Hawaii)

Brandon Kaho, Reno (Nev.)- Committed to BYU

Nathan Latu, Salt Lake City (Utah)- Committed to BYU

Jack Lamb, Temecula (Calif.) Great Oak

Johnson Hansen, Salt Lake City (Utah) East

Halid Djibril, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral

Issaiah Johnson, Los Alamitos (Calif.)

Camron Pitcher, Corona (Calif.) Centennial

James Townsend, Encino (Calif.) Crespi

Malakai Salu, Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic

Chris Fatilua, San Diego (Calif.) Madison

Elijah Shelton, Salt Lake City (Utah) Highland

Viliami Tausinga, Salt Lake City (Utah) East

M.J. Tafisi, Sandy (Utah) Alta

Fatu Atuaia, Orem (Utah)

Christian LaValle, Mission Viejo (Calif.)

Clyde Moore, Newport Beach (Calif.) Corona Del Mar

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