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