Oregon NFTC: Defensive Preview

Here's a look at the some of the top defensive prospects expected at the Oregon NFTC on Sunday...


Benning Potoae out of Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes lead the DL group and has a legitimate shot to make The Opening with a dominant performance.

He's one of the most versatile lineman in the West region with the ability to play inside or outside in college, depending on how much size he puts on. He was already drawing a fair amount of buzz as an 8th grader and has continued to get bigger, stronger and faster every year.

Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha rush end Mika Tafua is a BYU commit who earned all-state honors a year ago. He shows up very well on film flashing a quick first step, strength at the point of attack and a relentless motor.

Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic's Cody Baker is a big bodied rush end whose stock is rising fast. He plays on the offensive side of the ball as well and could make a move inside at the next level if he can hold an additional 20 pounds or so.

Orem (Utah) tackle Sampson Saluone is a massive interior lineman who had 16 sacks as a junior. At a stocky 6-0, 300 pounds, he's a load in the middle and impossible to handle at the high school level.

A few other linemen to watch include Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea's Jared Goldwire, Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon's Hunter Mattox, Brentwood (Calif.) Heritage's Daviud Letuliugasenoa ('16) and Orem's (Utah) Isaiah Frame.


Salt Lake City (Utah) East and Stanford commit Christian Folau leads a solid crop of linebackers. Folau is the No. 2 middle ‘backer out West and a top 300 player nationally.

He's a tackling machine with great football instincts and one of those players that always seems to be around the ball. He's more comfortable playing the run than dropping back in to coverage so it will be interesting to see how he performs on Sunday.

It's a strong year for talent in Hawaii and one of the top defensive players on the Islands is Ronley Lakalaka. Lakalaka is fast, active and plays with a great motor. He's rangy, covers a ton of ground and is one of the most under-rated players in the region.

Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic's Ronnie Rust is another 2016 standout were excited to see. Rust will be recruited as a linebacker and safety and has a scholarship offer for baseball from national power Oregon State.

A few other linebackers to watch include San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine's Curt Calomeni, Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline's Cameron Saffle and Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake's Reno Dubreuil.


Marysville-Pilchuck (Wash.) athlete Austin Joyner was the headliner in this group but a leg injury will likely sideline the Washington State commit on Sunday.

Fresno (Calif.) Edison corner and Fresno State commit A.J. Greeley is a very talented player with great length, technique and toughness. He had a great spring on the 7v7 circuit and is easily among the top defensive backs out West.

Eastvale (Calif.) Roosevelt defensive back Evan Tyler just committed to San Jose State and is one of the top safeties in the state. He has a nice frame at about 6-2, 190 pounds, loves to hit and shows good football instincts as well.

Salt Lake City (Utah) Olympus athlete Jojo Henderson is one of the state's most versatile players. He plays defensive back, running back and returns kicks but projects best as a safety.

Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake corner Jayln Harrison is one of the state's biggest sleepers but he can definitely play. He was a 3rd team all-state underclass selection as a junior and shows up very well on film. He's physical in run support and shows explosiveness in his ability to break on the ball.

Others to watch include Tempe (Ariz.) Kamron Johnson, Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley's Albert Lake and El Cerrito's (Calif.) Rodney Washington.

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