West 2010 Rankings: LBs

Two of UCLA's big targets, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw's Hayes Pullard and Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser's Josh Shirley, lead the list of the West's top linebackers in the class of 2010...

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.

3. Zac Stout, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian- BYU
The anchor of a very good Lions defense, he gets to go up against one of the best offenses in the West each day.

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.

6. Jordan Zumwalt, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison- Stanford
A good-sized linebacker at 6-4, who's also a beast on special teams.

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.

9. Austin Arias, Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial- UNLV
Arizona's top prospect at middle linebacker hits with pop and gets downfield in a hurry.

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  

 

Outside Linebackers

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.

2. Chris Young, Auburn (Wash.)- Washington
Not many people in the West, or nationally, hit with the force that Young does.

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  


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