LB Poly players to watch

One of the subplots of the Poly vs DeLaSalle game as it pertains to Trojan fans will be the sheer number of recruits on the field for the Jackrabbits. Poly has long been a favorite stop for USC coaches and from the looks of the roster at all levels it might be wise for Pete Carroll to make himself comfortable on the Poly campus.

We stopped by Jackrabbit practice today and had the following thoughts on some of the players who will be in action on Saturday as the #1 and #2 high school teams in the country do battle at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.  The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net 2 at 7:00pm on Saturday night.




#1 Junior Lemau'u (DE) 6-5, 250

USC has offered a scholarship to this talented end, Junior is a 3-year starter who has size, speed, intensity and a serious motor.  He is the emotional leader of this team.  Very explosive off the line.  Attends the same church as Fred Matua.

#79 Josh Tauanuu (DL) 6-4, 275

Might be the best overall defensive lineman on a group that is rated as the top DL in the country.  Josh has really caught the eye of the Trojan coaches with his incredible quickness off the ball and we are recruiting him hard.  

#75 Kevin Brown (OL/DL) 6-2, 300

Brown will start on both sides of the ball, he looked very impressive in defensive drills at Poly practice.  He is more advanced as an OL right now but wants to play defense in college.  

#40 Mark Washington (LB) 6-3, 240

He certainly looks the part with a frame that is ready for college ball right now.  Mark will start at MLB and has offers from Washington, Oregon and Colorado but likes USC a lot.


Others to watch:

#7 Leon Jackson (QB) 6-2, 180

#9 Freddie Parish (S) 6-1, 195 (Notre Dame verbal)

#21 Lorenzo Bursey (RB/CB) 5-10, 170

#60 Frankie Salausa (DT) 6-2, 280

#67 Charles Owens (OL) 6-5, 285

#72 Hercules Satele (OL) 6-4, 250




#4 Derrick Jones (WR) 6-0, 170

Derrick is expected to be one of the top recruits on the USC wish list next season and he likes the Trojans.  At the Junior Olympics last year he won gold medals in the 100 and two relays.  He is the focal point of the Poly offense and has as much potential as any receiver to come through the school.

#6 Marlin Simmons (LB) 6-0, 205

Incredible instincts to play LB which should come as no surprised as he follows brothers Melvin and Marvin.  Started last year as a sophomore and can really hit. 

#5 Rodney Van (FS) 6-1, 175

A talented athlete who was on the Poly relay team as a sophomore and also was a state level long jumper.  Also returns kicks and could be a sleeper player in this game.

# 8 Jeremiah Toloumu (FB/LB) 6-0, 230

Big, bruising fullback who could star at linebacker in college. 


Others to watch:

#24 Byron Velega (CB) 6-1, 180

#26 Junior Fasavalu (CB) 6-0, 165

#30 Mike Tapley (SS) 5-11, 180

#53 Marcis Fennell (DL) 6-1, 235

#55 Tracy Mimms (LB) 6-0, 215

#66 Jonathan Toailoa (OT) 6-0, 290

#80 Julian Hawkins (TE) 6-3, 215

#91 Jonathan Tu'ua (DL) 6-4, 230




#81 Desean Jackson (WR) 5-9, 155

Might have the best hands on the team and is a future star.  As a freshman he had a game winning hit in baseball to advance Poly in the playoffs. 

#23 Larenzo Bursey (RB/DB) 5-9, 190

Younger brother of the starting TB also has terrific skills.


Others to watch:

#32 Jason Brown (LB) 6-1, 190

#54 William Alo (LB) 5-11, 190




#88 Terrance Austin (WR) 5-11, 160

The first Poly freshman since Darrell Rideaux to start the season on varsity. Top Stories