Final West Top Ten Defensive Tackles

Lompoc (Calif.) defensive tackle and UCLA commit Ainuu Taua is ranked in the final West rankings of defensive tackles...

West: Final Top Ten Defensive Tackles
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
High School: Highland
Size: 6-4, 316
Previous Ranking: 1
Recruiting: Committed to Michigan early on in the process and never wavered.
The Skinny: Mone is exactly how you draw it up when you're looking for an impact college defensive tackle. He has a great frame, plays with good pad level, has plus level quickness and is relentless in pursuit. He does a great job getting off blocks, uses his hands very well and plays with a motor. He has the ability to fit in with a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme and could see the field early in college.  Mone solidified himself as the region's best defensive tackle during UnderArmour Bowl week.
Location: Lompoc, Calif.
High School: Lompoc
Size: 6-1/270
Previous Ranking: 2
Recruiting: Taua had double digit offers but picked his longtime leader, UCLA, in December.
The Skinny: Taua was an absolute monster all summer earning DL MVP honors at the SoCal NIKE Camp and was nearly unblockable at The Opening as well. He's among the quickest defensive tackles in the country and has incredible hands. He has advanced pass rushing technique and a big time motor.  Taua was great all week too at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Location: Fresno, Calif.
High School: Central
Size: 6-2/285
Previous Ranking: 3
Recruiting: Committed early to USC but then opened it up and committed toArizona State.  Visited Fresno State last weekend too.
The Skinny: In terms of size, strength and quickness, Smallwood is similar to Taua and is an elite pass rusher. He has racked up 40 sacks combined the past two seasons and is very productive. Smallwood isn't as athletic as Taua and that's the main difference between the two but he's definitely a high level player with a solid upside to him.  
Location: Bellevue, Wash.
High School: Bellevue
Size: 6-3, 292
Previous Ranking: 4
Recruiting: Committed to Washington State in the spring then opened it up and considering the Cougars, along with ArizonaCalifornia andMississippi State.
Scouting Report: Griffin showed up at the NIKE Camp in Oregon a little under the radar, at least outside the NW but emerged as one of the region's top tackle prospects. Griffin has good size for a tackle, a great motor and moves very well. He has been well coached, plays with great technique and knows how to use his hands to get blockers off him.  He ended with a good showing during the Semper Fidelis Bowl practices.
Location: Portland, Ore.
High School: Central Catholic
Size: 6-4/265
Previous Ranking: 5
Recruiting: Committed to Arizona State after narrowing his choices to also include Oregon State, UCLA, USC and Wisconsin
The Skinny: Humphreys is among the most versatile defensive linemen in the region, as evidenced by him making this top five list after being ranked a top five end in the region back in March. He has the kind of frame that we can see continuing to get bigger and thats' why we like him as a tackle down the line. He's very strong, especially in his lower body and is able to physically manhandle opposing linemen at the HS level.  Helped his team win a state championship and also was solid all week at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

The Next Five:
6. Jalen Jelks, Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista- Committed to Oregon
7. Greg Gaines, La Habra (Calif.)- Committed to Washington
8. Ngalu Tapa, Sacramento (Calif.) Luther Burbank- Committed to Washington State
9. Sharif Williams, Fresno (Calif.) Central- Committed to Arizona
10. Allan Havili, Tooele (Utah) Stansbury- Committed to Utah
 


National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins), National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman), and Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell (@jason247scout) contributed to these rankings.



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