Pullard, Whiteside, Stout and Wilkerson lead a strong group of middle linebackers from the West while Shirley and Young stand out on the outside.
1. Hayes Pullard, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
A phenomenal athlete, several schools want him as a running back, but his future is as a hitting machine on defense.
2. Cecil Whiteside, Newport Beach (Calif.) Newport Harbor- California
Another two-way threat, who also happens to be an elite discus thrower. Cal will find a place real quickly to put Whiteside in action.
4. Dave Wilkerson, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista- California
A powerful middle backer who moves well sideline to sideline and will come up and hit you if you run on him.
5. V.J. Fehoko, Honolulu (Hawaii) Farrington
Few defenders in the West have racked up the kind of sacks that Fehoko has the last few years.
7. Victor Burnett, Culver City (Calif.)
A tackling machine who excels in pass coverage as well as against the run.
8. Soma Vainuku, Eureka (Calif.)
Good athlete for his size, several schools like him as a fullback.
10. Eric Kendricks, Fresno (Calif.) Hoover
Central California's top linebacker is very similar to his brother Mychal, who's now at Cal.
The Next 10:
11. DeAndre Little, Sierra Vista (Az.) Buena- UTEP
12. Kyle Anderson, Las Vegas (Nev.) Silverado
13. Garrett Gilliland, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran
14. Keith Smith, Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak
15. Luke Zelon, Santa Monica (Calif.)
16. Michael Bibbee, Eugene (Ore.) North Eugene- Oregon State
17. Eric Ramsey, Avondale (Az.) Westview
18. Dylan Davis, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
19. Alec Gletzer, Los Gatos (Calif.)
20. P.J. Gremaud, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Other Middle Linebackers to Watch (in alphabetical order):
Anthony Pohahau, Santa Clara (Calif.) Wilcox
Brandon Brown, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Charles Hosea, Burbank (Calif.) Burroughs
Isaiah Clark, Newark (Calif.) Newark Memorial
Jeremy Wiles, Pittsburg (Calif.)
Kalua Ellis, Wahiwa (Hawai'I) Leilehua
Matthew Tanuvasa, Beaverton (Ore.) Southridge
Paul Senn, Norco (Calif.)
Seth Kline, Yakima (Wash.) Eisenhower
Tuu Lolohea, Kapolei (Hawai'I) Kapolei
Zach Scurich, Watsonville (Calif.) St. Francis
1. Josh Shirley, Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser
An animal off the edge as a defensive end, he projects as a pass-rushing, hybrid linebacker in college.
3. Darius Waters, Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes- Washington
Has been overshadowed by teammates but he's one of the stars on a loaded team.
4. Kyle Benson, Tempe (Ariz.) Corona del Sol
Plays tough in run support, tackles well and is an effective blitzer.
5. Toloa'i Ho Ching, Sandy (Utah) Alta
The top linebacker from the Beehive State can move and hit with the best of them.
6. Alani Fua, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian- BYU
Another player overshadowed by stars on a loaded team, Fua's got a nice long frame with plenty of room to add weight, but is already a bigtime player.
7. Dustin Elisara, Kapolei (Hawaii)
Can play either outside linebacker or a rover position at the next level.
8. Sae Tautu, Highland (Utah) Lone Peak- BYU
Great size for an outside linebacker and he can move pretty quickly.
9. Joey Owens, Pleasant Grove (Utah)- BYU
Covers the field well and can move sideline-to-sideline.
10. Brent Williams, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft- Washington
An excellent pass rusher as a defensive end, he projects to outside linebacker, where his quickness and nose for the quarterback will come in handy.
The Next 15:
11. Evan Palelei, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
12. Collin Keoshian, Santa Clarita (Calif.) Christian- BYU
13. Ofa Fifita, San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley
14. Austin Garday, Peoria (Az.) Centennial
15. John Kanongata'a, Bellevue (Wash.) Bellevue
16. Cody Galea, Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin- Nevada
17. Jake Fely, Oceanside (Calif.)- San Diego State
18. Princeton Fuimaono, Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan- Washington
19. Kileyeon Cooper, Los Angeles (Calif.) Locke
20. Jake Brown, Phoenix (Az.) Paradise Valley
21. Nate Scola, Apache Junction (Az.) Apache Junction
22. John Goldwire, Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes
23. Dylan Zylstra, Kent (Wash.) Kentridge
24. Treveon Harris, Los Angeles (Calif. Locke
25. Josh Lowden, Monrovia (Calif.)
Other Outside Linebackers to Watch (in alphabetical order):
Anthony Brown, Corona (Calif.) Santiago
Chris Fox, Scottsdale (Az.) Chaparral
David Duron, Tucson (Az.) Sabino
Dominick Sierra, La Habra (Calif.)
Jake Marshall, Mission Viejo (Calif.)
Jared Jones, Chandler (Az.) Basha
Joe LaBarbera, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista
Jordan Lance, San Diego Calif.) Cathedral Catholic
Joshua Gavert, Lakewood (Calif.)
Kelvin Cain, Portland (Ore.) Grant
Marc Millan, Mission Viejo (Calif.)
Thomas Cobbs, Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge
Will Storey, Lake Oswego (Ore.) Lake Oswego