Final West Top Ten D-Ends

UCLA has commitments from two of the top three defensive ends in the West's final positional rankings...

West: Final Top Ten Defensive Ends
Location: Sacramento, Calif.
High School: Capital Christian
Size: 6-5, 270
Previous Ranking: 1
Recruiting: Committed to Stanford in September but opened it up and is now leaning towards California
The Skinny: Lealao is a great looking prospect and one of the nation's elite rush ends. At 6-4, 280 pounds, Lealao has an NFL body but shows amazing quickness getting off the ball. He does a great job using his hands to get off blocks and has superior closing speed. With his frame and natural strength, Lealao could move inside down the road and his versatility is another thing that sets him apart, he's capable of playing anywhere on the line in any system and being a difference maker.
Location: Bellflower, Calif.
High School: St. John Bosco
Size: 6-4/265
Previous Ranking: NR
Recruiting: Committed to UCLA in January over a group that included Boise State, Washington and Wisconsin
The Skinny: Not many players, especially on the defensive side of the ball, upped their stock this past season more than Tuioti-Mariner.  After missing much of the spring because of volleyball, Tuioti-Mariner starred for the California state champion Bosco squad, their top pass-rusher and defensive stalwart.  An athletic 265-pounder, Tuioti-Mariner is one of those players who's best football is still ahead of him.
Location: San Mateo, Calif.
High School: Serra
Size: 6-5/260
Previous Ranking: 2
Recruiting: Was a Notre Dame commit since August but flipped to UCLA in January
The Skinny: Dickerson really blew up this past spring/summer and probably elevated his stock more than any other player out West. He's one of those players that really jumps off the screen when you watch his tape and he has as much upside as any defensive lineman in the region. He has a nice, solid frame that is capable of adding even more weight. He moves around effortlessly and you forget he weight almost 260 pounds. He has the strength to take on a double team and holds up well at the point of attack and has the speed to chase down plays from behind as well.  Dickerson missed his senior year with an injury, but should be cleared in time for the fall.
Location: Chandler, Ariz.
High School: Hamilton
Size: 6-4/225
Previous Ranking: 4
Recruiting: Cunningham will follow in his father's footsteps and play at Texas A&M
The Skinny: Cunningham has elite level athleticism that really jumps off the screen. He plays fast and can really get up the field. He can rush the passer, play the run and makes hustle plays when teams run a way from him. His first step is extremely quick and his closing speed is that of a linebacker. He plays with a lot of energy and passion and his size and skill set project very well to the next level.
Location: Bellflower, Calif.
High School: St. John Bosco
Size: 6-3/235
Previous Ranking: 3
Recruiting: Dorton committed during the summer to USC and after it looked like he may end up elsewhere, solidified his verbal to the Trojans this month
The Skinny: Dorton could be ranked with the outside linebackers and in a 3-4 scheme, that's likely what he would play. Dorton is a natural pass rusher, has great quickness off the ball and is very strong. He has put on about 15 pounds since the end of last season and looked noticeably bigger in his upper body this past summer.

6. Henry Mondeaux, Portland (Ore.) Jesuit- Committed to Oregon
7. Jaylen Johnson, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
8. Sione Takitaki, Menifee (Calif.) Heritage- Committed to BYU
9. Sumner Houston, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle- Committed to Oregon State
10. Patrick Choudja, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom
 

 


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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