West '15: Preseason Top Ten DEs

AUG. 20 -- UCLA has a commitment on the list, and five more prospects that are targets...

1. Rasheem Green, 6-4.5, 290, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Considering Oregon, Stanford, USC, UCLA among others

The Skinny: Green stamped himself as the West's top defensive end after a sterling final day performance at The Opening. One of the most athletic defensive linemen to come from the West in years.

2. Porter Gustin, 6-4, 238, Salem Hills (Utah)
Considering USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Florida State, Washington, Notre Dame and Ohio State

The Skinny: Gustin can play a number of positions, and play them at a high level, but with his size, skill and athleticism, defensive end could be his money position. He was a top 10 finalist at the SPARQ Finals in Beaverton.

3. Canton Kaumatule, 6-6, 260, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou
Considering Oregon, UCLA, USC and Vanderbilt

The Skinny: Kaumatule looks to finally be healthy after missing much of his junior year and all the spring and summer camp circuit. And when he's healthy, he's as good as any prospect in the region, regardless of position. He's very athletic for his size, and has the body that could put on more weight comfortably.

4. Benning Potoae, 6-3, 250, Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes
Considering Oregon, UCLA and Washington

The Skinny: Potoae could be the strongest and most physical defensive end in the region, a weight-room specimen who's also a pretty good pass-catching tight end. He has a very good get-off and a great motor, the type of player that plays through the whistle, with a good degree of violence.

5. Joseph Wicker, 6-4, 255, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Considering Arizona, Arizona State, Miami, Notre Dame, Washington, UCLA and USC

The Skinny: A four-star in the Scout 300, Wicker still may be underrated and under-appreciated and has gotten bigger and stronger without sacrificing his quickness off the ball. He has a good, wide frame and very long arms, just the type of body that college coaches look for.

The Next Five:
6. Rick Wade, Santa Margarita (Calif.)- Committed to UCLA
7. Noah Jefferson, Henderson (Nev.) Liberty- Committed to USC
8. Trent Goens, Chino Hills (Calif.)- Committed to Northwestern
9. Christian Rector, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola- Committed to USC
10. Mika Tafua, Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha- Committed to BYU

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

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