California 2008 Preseason Rankings: DTs

While it may not have the talent level as in years past, the defensive tackles in California still have some quality to them, led by Craig Noble and Armond Armstead, tops in SoCal and NorCal respectively...

There isn't nearly the talent or depth at tackle in this class as there was a year ago, but there are several quality prospects at the position, with Noble and Armstead the class of the group. Casey and Feagai are another pair of standouts and Williams and Grimes join Armstead in a quality group from the Sacramento area.

1. Craig Noble, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft- Washington
The best DT at the L.A. Combine, Noble more than held his own against the nation's top offensive tackle, Matt Kalil.

2. Armond Armstead, Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove- USC
Few players in the Golden State had as good a spring as Armstead did.

3. Jurrell Casey, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
One of the best pure playmakers at defensive tackle in the West.

4. Jacob Feagai, San Jose (Calif.) Piedmont Hills
The two-way lineman stood out to us on the offensive side of the ball at the San Francisco Combine, but defense is where his future is.

5. Joseph Williams, Elk Grove (Calif.)
Has a non-stop motor and very rarely comes off the field, playing both defensive tackle and offensive guard.

6. Greg Grimes, Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum
The son of former Washington safety Greg Grimes, the younger one's future is on the defensive line, and he had an outstanding spring and summer camp circuit.

7. Toa Tuitea, Westminster (Calif.)
The top defensive tackle in Orange County is one of the most sought after recruits from his school in years.

8. Ottis Jones, Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger
Has a quick first step and good leverage. Jones could end up as a defensive end in college.

9. Kebin Umodu, Covina (Calif.) South Hills
Could end up as a defensive end as well, but a position change isn't new for the Umodu's. Older brother, Tobi was a defensive end in high school but plays linebacker at UCLA.

10. Lavon McCoy, Los Angeles (Calif.) Washington
For his size, McCoy can move very well. Needs to do some work in the classroom, though, to qualify.

The Next 5 (in alphabetical order):

Buddy Fishman, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Carlton Hudson, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
Je'Marcus Williams, Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis
John Tupou, Elk Grove (Calif.)
Quintin Toailoa, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley

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