Early look at West Coast Rankings: The DEs

Here's our early look at the top defensive ends out West in the 2015 class. As is always the case, expect some shuffling and flip-flopping with this list between now and Signing Day.

The crop of defensive ends out West has both nice depth and elite talent at the top of the board. There are three five-star prospects in this group and quality players well past our top 10 here.

**UCLA has offered and is heavily recruiting Green, Lucier-South and Kaumatule. It is recruiting but hasn't yet offered Wicker.

1. Rasheem Green, 6-5, 280, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
2. Keisean Lucier-South, 6-5, 220, Orange Lutheran (Calif.)
3. Canton Kaumatule, 6-7, 275, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou
4. Joseph Wicker, 6-4, 255, Long Beach Poly (Calif.)
5. Trent Goens, 6-4, 240, Chino Hills (Calif.)

By the end the of the summer, Green could very well end up as the top overall prospect in the West region. His upside is off the charts and the scary part is he's not even close to scratching the surface of how good he's going to be. He has an NFL body for a defensive end right now and is an incredible athlete as well.

He had his coming out party at the SoCal NIKE Camp last April where he threw the power ball almost 40' and jumped 32" in the vertical. All that on a solid 6-5, 270 pound frame that has since added another 10 pounds. Green is still raw as a player and learning technique but he does have a motor, plays with toughness and is capable of dominating a game. In a few years, he could be down right scary.

Lucier-South is the quickest and most athletic pass rusher in the region. He's a long, lean athlete with great closing speed and he can really fly off the ball. He's athletic enough to play in space and some schools like him as an OLB in a 3-4 scheme. He'll need to add some weight to play DE full time but has plenty of time to do so.

Kaumatule might be the most intriguing guy on this list. He's a massive kid who we first saw as an 8th grader at a NIKE Combine in Hawaii where he already, physically, looked like a college player. He plays with relentless energy and toughness and demands a double team on every play. Hopefully we'll have a chance to see him this spring and summer to see his in-person development.

Wicker is a versatile lineman who could play inside or outside at the next level depending on where his body goes. He already moves all over the line for Poly to take advantage of mismatches and can be very disruptive. He's a natural pass catcher and a very physical player.

Goens has moved way up our board and is a dominant player who plays with a great energy level. He has put on a good 20 pounds in the last year but still has his superior quickness and is great with his hands. He has tremendous raw power and can bull rush bigger lineman and is equally strong playing the run or getting to the quarterback.

The Next Five:

6. Benning Potoae, 6-4, 255, Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes
Natural pass rusher with explosive first step.

7. Mika Tafua, 6-3, 255, Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha-BYU
Big time athlete who can get up the field.

8. Mufi Hunt, 6-6, 215, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton
Great frame and runs like a linebacker.

9. Caleb Peart, 6-2, 230, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton
Relentless player with a non-stop motor.

10. Jason Scrempos, 6-6, 250, Milpitas (Calif.)
Big, physical end who can play the run and rush the passer.

National Analyst Brandon Huffman contributed to this report

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for almost 20 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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