Top 10 2017 Outside Linebackers in the West Pre-Eval Period

Mar. 22 -- Scout takes a look at the top ten outside linebackers in the West in the 2017 class before the spring evaluation period...

1. Addison Gumbs, Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep

Gumbs exploded with a big junior season and with offers from all over the country, could be the top defensive prospect in the Bay Area.

2. Javaris Steward, Pomona (Calif.)

After moving to Southern California from Texas, Steward landed offers from both the Los Angeles schools, among his several he currently has.

3. Rahyme Johnson, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian

Johnson committed to UCLA last summer but as he's grown as a prospect, so has his offer sheet.

4. Isaac Slade-Matautia, Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis

The top defensive prospect in Hawaii, Slade-Matautia can play inside or outside linebacker.

5. Ariel Ngata, Folsom (Calif.)

At a school known for its high-powered offense, Ngata is a defensive standout who's gotten a lot of attention for his pass-rushing ability.

6. David Morris, Sherwood (Ore.)

Morris is part of a banner class in Oregon and is one of the most versatile defenders in the Northwest, able to play linebacker or safety at the next level.

7. Faavae Faavae, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

Downhill backer, quick off the ball, Faavae was part of a stout Monarch defense last season that will be even better this fall.

8. Tysyn Parker, Gardena (Calif.) Serra

Parker was overshadowed a bit by a loaded Cavs senior class but now will be expected to be one of the leaders this fall.

9. Jon Van Diest, Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek

In-state Colorado got a huge boost when Van Diest committed to the Buffs early in the process.

10. Chase Newman, La Mirada (Calif.)

Newman was a big reason that the Matadores won their first ever state championship.

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