West Pre-Season rankings: DL

It was a tradition on the old PacWestFootball site that July was the time for pre-season football rankings. Here's our first look at the top players in the region and since the offense is usually given the most love, we'll start out with the defense this time and look at the top defensive linemen in the region.

As we always state, it's still very early in the recruiting process and these rankings will undoubtedly change during the season. A few players will emerge out of nowhere and others on the list will have a chance to raise their stock or see it drop. It's important to note that these rankings are based on college potential and where we feel each player is best suited to play at the next level rather than high school accomplishment.

Rankings are based on seeing these players in person, on film or at the Nike Football Camps over the spring and summer.


1. Phillip Mbakagu, 6-2, 260 Hayward (Calif.)
Plays on the outside but his size and strength project better at tackle.
2. David Faaeteete, 6-1, 275 North Medford (Ore.)- Oregon
Very strong and has a great first step.
3. Matt Eichelberger, 6-5, 325 Bellingham (Wash.) Sehone
Huge presence in the middle of the line.
4. Shannon Tevaga, 6-2, 295 La Mirada (Calif.)- UCLA
A dominating player on both sides of the ball.
5. Brandon Nicolas, 6-5, 260 Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Will also get looks on the offensive side of the ball, huge upside.
6. Norris Malele, 6-3, 295 Carson (Calif.)
Could be better than his cousin and Cal signee Mathew Malele.
7. Gino Cruse, 6-4, 310 Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista
MVP of Washington Nike Camp, needs to get it done on the field.
8. Randy Faletoi, 6-3, 290 Honolulu (Hawaii) McKinley
The top lineman in Hawaii on either side of the ball.
9. Kenneth Lombard, 6-1, 275 Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- UCLA
Is ready to have a breakout senior season after a 100 tackle junior year.
10. Joe Bozikovich, 6-1, 270 Portland (Ore.) Wilson
Has shined two years in a row at the Nike Camp in Oregon.

The Next 10:

11. Isley Filiaga, 6-0, 285 Orem (Utah) Timpanogos
12. Aaron Fernandez, 6-2, 260 Mesa (Ariz.) Red Mountain
13. Antonio Lindsey, 6-0, 275 Federal Way (Wash.)
14. Mike Mayer, 6-4, 270 Snohomish (Wash.)
15. Jasper Henry, 6-2, 260 Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
16. Ishmael Easton, 5-11, 315 Seattle (Wash.) Shorewood
17. Clarence Tuioti-Mariner, 5-11, 280 Corona (Calif.)
18. Desmond McCollins, 6-3, 275 Stockton (Calif.) Franklin
19. Devin McWilliams, 6-1, 310 Riverside (Calif.) J.W North
20. Ra'Shon Harris, 6-4, 270 Pittsburgh (Calif.)


1. Jeff Schweiger, 6-4, 245 San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian
Top defensive player in the West outside of Randy Estes.
2. Brigham Harwell, 6-1, 250 Hacienda Hts. (Calif.) Los Altos
Big time pass rusher, had 47 sacks the past two years.
3. Eugene Germany, 6-3, 250 Pomona (Calif.)
Plays linebacker but projects on the line, tremendous athleticism.
4. Lawrence Miles, 6-2, 250 La Quinta (Calif.)
Could also end up at tackle in college, has big frame and nice upside.
5. Cole Linehan, 6-4, 270 Banks (Ore.)
Combines size, strength and just the right amount of nastiness.
6. Jordan White-Frisbee, 6-7, 295 Kenmore (Wash.) Inglemoor
Still new to the game but has very good athleticism for a big man.
7. Walter Winter, 6-4, 230 Kirkland (Wash.) Juanita- Washington
Plays linebacker but we think he'll make an excellent edge rusher.
8. Jason Roberts, 6-4, 215 Fresno (Calif.) Central- Fresno State
Tore up the NorCal Nike Camp, great pass rushing skills.
9. Tony Lee, 6-4, 240 Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Very athletic player with a big strong body.
10. Nate Johnson, 6-3, 235 Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes Nice athlete who is also a talented tight end.

The Next 10:

11. Alan King, 6-2, 245 North Hills (Calif.) Monroe
12. Corey Actis, 6-5, 245 Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty
13. Mitch Reffett, 6-1, 230 Moses Lake (Wash.)
14. Dylan Campanale, 6-1, 230 Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
15. Craig Mettler, 6-3, 235 Walla Walla (Wash.)
16. Colin Donovan, 6-7, 250 Superior (Mont.)
17. Tavita Thompson, 6-6, 275 Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis
18. Michael Stuart, 6-5, 215 Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake
19. Matt Rupp, 6-1, 240 Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita
20. James Castillo, 6-1, 220 Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral

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