How Good Is He?

We were at the Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw- Fremont game last Friday and came away more impressed than ever before after watching Brandon Mebane, the 6-1, 260 pound two way lineman dominate on both sides of the ball in the Cougars 28-21 upset win over Fremont. How good was Mebane?

After the game, Fremont coach Pete Duffy told us, "that No. 52 (Mebane) has to be the best player in the city, tell him I said that too." Mebane had two sacks and two one yard touchdown runs in the 1st half alone and then dominated on both sides of the line in the second half despite constant double and sometimes triple teams.

We've said it before but Mebane is just so quick off the ball and so athletic. That's why we compared him as soon as we saw him to former Westchester and Washington Husky defensive tackle Larry Triplet. That was backed up on Friday by Owen Brown, former Manual Arts offensive lineman and older brother of LB Poly DL Kevin Brown.

"I played against Triplett in high school and he was phenomenal, I see the same things with Mebane," Brown said. "They play the same style, very aggressive and have non-stop motors. Plus they're both so quick off the ball, that's the easiest comparison to see."

Mebane is currently rated the No. 7 defensive tackle in the West but has looked like a top 3-5 player at the position so far this year.

Mebane is a three-star defensive lineman and has been offered a scholarship by Oregon.

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