With Signing Day behind us, it means it's now time for weekends of 7v7 and linemen camp/competitions.
This past weekend, we had a chance to attend the GIANTSKILLZ Camp at St. John Bosco, featuring several promising up-and-coming linemen. Here's a look at a few who caught our eye.
(Recruiting Notes are below)
-- Justin Dedich is among the elite prospects out West and showed why on Saturday with a dominant performance. At 6-2, 285 pounds, Dedich has a classic center frame but could play some guard at the next level as well. You can tell he has been very well coached as he plays with advanced technique, has very good lateral mobility and is a tough, physical kid who can finish.
Dedich is currently rated the No. 1 center prospect out West in the 2018 class and it's well deserved. He's a smart kid, works hard and has all the intangibles and makeup you're looking for in a leader on the offensive line.
-- Riverside (Calif.) King had a pair of linemen we liked, headlined by Samuela Tuihalamaka. Tuihalamaka took reps at defensive tackle and defensive end but we project him as a tackle. He was the only lineman we saw that beat Dedich during one on one reps and physically has a nice upside to him.
He's all of 6-2, 280 pounds with a quick first step and the ability to beat an offensive lineman in multiple ways. We haven't heard that UCLA has recruited Tuihalamaka yet.
-- Another prospect from Riverside King is Cole Sain, an interior offensive lineman who had a good day as well. He'll need to add some size -- at about 6-3 and 250 at the moment, but competes well and has a nice edge to his game.
-- Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco has some very good looking young linemen and Sua'ava Poti really jumped out to us. Poti is just a sophomore but has a college body right now and is a very well put together 6-3, 270 pounds. He's a strong, physical kid who can get off the ball, has long arms and can beat an opposing lineman with power or quickness. He projects as a national recruit in two years.
-- Another young lineman we liked from Bosco was '19 DT Na'Im Rodman. At 6-2, 290 pounds, Rodman is a load in the middle of a line but moves well for a player his size. Expect to see Rodman in the rotation this fall for the Braves and as good as Bosco was up front last year, they bring back even more size and strength this coming season.
-- Staying with the Bosco theme, another player to keep an eye on is Romeo Galasso. The '19 defensive end recently transferred in from Mira Costa and has the kind of frame at 6-5, 230 pounds that you can do a lot of good things with. He moves very well and as he continues to fill out and add more size and strength, he has a chance to be special down the road.
-- If you want to talk about upside, there wasn't anyone at the camp with more long-term potential than Gardena (Calif.) Serra '20 defensive tackle Sefita Tupe. Tupe will be a rare four-year starter for the Cavs and is a player we think could have double digit offers by his sophomore season.
You would never guess Tupe weighed 280 pounds because of how well he moves around. He looks like a linebacker playing defensive tackle and his combination of quickness, strength and motor is already at a very high level.
-- We've heard a lot of buzz about the famed freshman group of offensive lineman at Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei and after seeing a couple of them in action, we're believers.
Tautai Marks is a true center prospect and at 6-0, 290 pounds packs a powerful punch. We could also see him playing some nose guard down the road but the offensive line looks like where his upside is highest.
-- Kamuta Levasa is an offensive guard and is a solid 6-2, 280 pounds. Remember these are just freshmen and it's scary to think where they'll be in 2-3 years from now with continued development.
Lacilento is among the most physical offensive linemen in the region and plays with a ton of nastiness. He's a natural guard but told us he'll be playing some center this coming season and that's a good fit for him as well. He's a true road grader and a very tough kid.
Coblentz started at tackle for the Braves last season but could move inside and play guard at the next level. He has the size and athleticism to play multiple positions at the next level and we didn't see him come close to losing a rep while we were watching.
-- A couple of players working out at defensive end that we think project as linebackers in college were Mater Dei's Nathan Logoleo and St. John Bosco's Duce Walker.
Logoleo had a very solid junior season for the Monarchs totaling 61 tackles, three sacks and a pick. He was unblockable in the pass rush drills, being just way too quick off the edge for many of the tackles to even get a hand on him.
Walker is just a freshman but shows a lot of promise. He's the son of former UCLA DT Bruce Walker but has a much different frame than his pops. The younger Walker is about 6-0, 195 pounds, and has a linebacker or even safety frame. He shows tremendous quickness off the edge, has very good lateral mobility and can break down and play in space with ease.
* Dedich is up to 13 total offers with Arizona State and San Diego State being his most recent. The lineman said he plans to camp with Stanford over the summer and will also visit ASU in the spring. Colorado is recruiting him the hardest and Dedich said he'll also visit UCLA to meet the new OL coach in the Spring. UCLA offered Dedich after he participated in UCLA's camp last June.
* St. John Bosco '19 OL Marist Talavou has a shoulder injury and was unable to work out but said UCLA is showing interest and could offer shortly. Talavou is an elite prospect and some of the Bosco coaches have compared him favorably with Ohio State signee Wyatt Davis.
* Oregon State has offered Tupe and, as mentioned above, expect that list to rise significantly.
*Poti will attend local team camps at UCLA and USC and also the Nike Opening Regional Camp.
Middle School Note:
We don't typically like to talk about players who haven't even entered high school yet. In fact, the only 8th grader I've ever mentioned was current Mater Dei sophomore QB J.T. Daniels following a 7v7 tournament and he has turned out to be a nice little player.
One player that has to be mentioned is offensive lineman George Miki-Han, one of the most promising young, interior lineman I've seen. Miki-Han is a rock solid 6-0, 290 pounds, won just about every rep he took in dominant fashion and looks more like a H.S junior than a current 8th grader.
He's very strong in his lower body and can take on a bull rush but is equally light on his feet, moves very well laterally and once he locks his man out, the play is over. The talk is Miki-Han will likely end up at Mater Dei, Serra or St. John Bosco next fall and although all three teams are strong up front, don't be surprised to see the lineman make an impact sooner than later.