West 2010 Rankings: The DLs

There is definitely some good talent on the defensive line for 2010 in the west, and UCLA is involved with many of the names that are at the top of both the lists for defensive end and defensive tackle....

DEFENSIVE END

Defensive end may be the best position in the West on the defensive side of the ball, with the region's top overall prospect, Powell, another five-star end in White, Utah's top prospect, Kaufusi and another top prospect from Oregon in Odighizuwa.

1. Ronald Powell, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
The #1 overall player in the West, is a freak of an athlete.  Could play linebacker or tight end.

2. Curtis White, Eugene (Ore.) Sheldon- Oregon
Has made his mark as a tight end, but his athleticism can put him on either side of the ball for the Ducks.

3. Bronson Kaufusi, Provo (Utah) Timpview- BYU
Knee injury in opener will sideline Utah's top prospect for the season, but when he's healthy, watch out.

4. Owamagbe Odighizuwa, Portland (Ore.) Douglas
Exploded onto the scene with a big junior year and stellar showing at U.S. Army Combine, giving the state of Oregon two elite pass rushers.

5. Happy Iona, Spanaway (Wash.) Bethel- Oregon State
Don't let his name fool you, he plays with a serious nasty streak on the field.

6. Kona Schwenke, Kahuku (Hawaii)- BYU
The top defensive lineman in Hawaii could be a stellar lineman on either side of the ball.

7. Eddie Plantaric, Fair Oaks (Calif.) Del Campo- Stanford
Big, strong and quick off the line, Plantaric could play any of the line spots.

8. Jordan McDonald, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro
With Corey Adams gone, he now become's the focus of opponent's offensive lines.

9. Alex Turner, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman- Stanford
Anchors a talented Gorman defensive line with his quickness off the edge.

10. Tony Washington, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos
At a school known for its offense, Washington has been a shining star on defense.

The Next 10:
11. Daniel Godkin, Las Vegas (Nev.) Palo Verde  
12. Joe Kruger, Pleasant Grove (Utah)- Utah
13. Maxx Forde, Woodinville (Wash.) Woodinville  
14. Andrew Hudson, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley  
15. Sefa Tanoa'i, Pleasant Grove (Utah) Pleasant Grove  
16. Rykeem Yates, Fresno (Calif.) Edison  
17. Chidera Uzo-Direbe, Corona (Calif.)  
18. Karmah Yates, Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin 
19. Hauoli Jamora, Kahuku (Hawai'I) Kahuku- BYU
20. Ian Bobak, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman

Other Defensive Ends to Watch (in alphabetical order):
Andrew Hurley, Phoenix (Az.) Pinnacle  
C.J. Randall, Gilbert (Az.) Mesquite  
Cliff Sims, Compton (Calif.)  
Devon Wallace, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne  
Everett Beed, Phelan (Calif.) Serrano  
Jordan Thomas, Redlands (Calif.) Redlands  
Marcus Howard, Inglewood (Calif.)  
Taylor George, Visalia (Calif.) Redwood  
Uche Amajoyi, San Bernardino (Calif.) Aquinas
Xavier Cooper, Tacoma (Wash.) Wilson  
Zach Chapman, Vancouver (Wash.) Mountain View  


DEFENSIVE TACKLE

The tackle spot is led by Uko, who's dominant spring and summer catapulted him to the top.  Utah has an elite prospect as usual, in Heimuli, and Washington and Hawaii have a pair of standouts.

Defensive Tackles

1. George Uko, Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo
The top defensive tackle at the Scout.com Combine, he sowed up this spot after being the star at USC's Rising Stars Camp.

2. Ricky Heimuli, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton
Heimuli was right behind Uko at the SC camp, and he's wanted by all the top programs in the country.

3. Sione Potoae, Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes- Washington
The top defensive prospect in the Evergreen State is a star on both sides of the offensive line.

4. Kirifi Taula, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
Started the season off with a bang and his stock is seriously on the rise.

5. Cassius Marsh, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Two-way lineman is the anchor of the Lions defensive line and one of their top prospects on a loaded team.

6. Julious Moore, Bellevue (Wash.)- UCLA
Another two-way lineman, Moore was a key part of the Wolverines state title and is reminiscent of another Bruin tackle, Brigham Harwell.

7. Justin Utupo, Lakewood (Calif.) Notre Dame
On a team loaded with D-I talent, Utupo may be the unsung hero of the Lancers squad.

8. Lawrence Lagafuaina, Aiea (Hawaii)
Hawaii's top defensive lineman is a load to handle up front.

9. Tuni Kanuch, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham- BYU
Has played primarily offensive line for Bingham, but projects as a defensive tackle in college.

10. Sealii Epanesa, Honolulu (Hawaii) Iolani
Another big-bodied tackle from Hawaii, he's also a basketball player, showing his agility and athleticism.

The Next 10:
11. Sani Fuimaono, Honolulu (Hawai'I) Punahou  
12. Cy Maughmer , Apache Junction (Az.) Apache Junction  
13. Wesley Flowers, Fresno (Calif.) Edison- UCLA 
14. Shane Pennix, El Cajon (Calif.) Valhalla  
15. Desmond Tautofi, Honolulu (Hawai'I) Kaimuki- Wyoming
16. Jerrell Gordon, Compton (Calif.)
17. Jordan Turner, Las Vegas (Nev.) Canyon Springs
18. Jordan Afo, Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood
19. Khambrell Gomez, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
20. Sione Tupouata, Oakland (Calif.) Fremont

Other Tackles to Watch (in alphabetical order):
Brendon Tago, Palmdale (Calif.) Highland
Cameron Lee, Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery
Chris Brown, Mesa (Az.) Skyline
Deandre Ward, Oakland (Calif.) Castlemont
Elvis Matagi, Pukalani (Hawai'i) King Kekaulike
Jake Welch, Longview (Wash.) Mark Morris
Montel Williams, Spring Valley (Calif.) Mount Miguel
Svondo Bradley, Oxnard (Calif.) Hueneme
Tevin Hood, Chandler (Az.) Hamilton
Tre Hale, La Verne (Calif.) Damien


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