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.

http://www.scout.com/player/189100-addison-gumbs


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.

http://www.scout.com/player/194614-javaris-steward


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.

http://www.scout.com/player/197695-rahyme-johnson?s=73


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

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

http://www.scout.com/player/198328-isaac-slade-matautia


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.

http://www.scout.com/player/203818-ariel-ngata


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.

http://www.scout.com/player/201013-david-morris


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.

http://www.scout.com/player/204883-faavae-faavae


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.

http://www.scout.com/player/194099-tysyn-parker


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.

http://www.scout.com/player/187681-jon-van-diest


10. Chase Newman, La Mirada (Calif.)

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

http://www.scout.com/player/205501-chase-newman



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