Team Preview: L.A. Southwest

After last season's 4-6 record, the L.A. Southwest football program feels they are on the way up and have a chance to make some noise this fall. Today, JCFootball.com takes a look at some of the top Cougar football prospects that four-year schools will have their eyes on this season...

Vying for the quarterback spot this fall will be several players, but freshman William Benson looks to have the goods and could be a nice trigger-man for the Cougars' offensive attack.

At tailback, freshmen Jacob Britton and Johnny Davis are two players the coaches think could be pretty special either this year or next. Both are quick and can make people miss in space.

The wide receiver corps is loaded with experience as Phil Amey, Roymel Brooks, Daveon Frye-Brown, Deontae Hicks, Marcel Patterson and Sean Simmons all return.

Simmons is the leading receiver who returns after posting 15 receptions for 133 yards and one touchdown.

Those players are joined by Dylan Hall who fits right into the mold of what the Cougars are looking for in their wide receivers -- quick and elusive.

Along the offensive line, the Cougars return plenty of experience inside, but two youngsters figure to earn the starting spots at tackle.

Jonathan Finau and Mahilani Young will battle things out at center while sophomores Sione Manu and Eduardo Maldonado both are solid guard prospects.

Freshman Anthony Kyles and Anthony Leon-Guerro are two tackle prospects the coaches are very excited about as both bring good size and lots of athleticism to their positions.

On defense, the Cougars have a deep and talented secondary, led by California bounceback Tevin Carter who is L.A. Southwest's top prospect.

At 6'2" and 220 pounds, Carter has the size to really lay the lumber and he runs a legit 4.4 forty, so he can really cover some ground. As a freshman in 2011, Carter totaled 32 tackles, one sack and two interceptions and the L.A. Southwest coaches are depending on him to be a playmaker in the deep patrol.

Joining Carter will be sophomore Theodore Alexander and freshmen Wade Houston and Kaelan Russell at the safety spots along with freshman Evan Dorsey and sophomore Tai Wimbush at corner.

Along the defensive front, DT Christen Jackson is a squatty player who anchors well against the run. He will be joined by Bobby Patton who totaled 15 tackles and two sacks in limited reps last season.

At linebacker, Aaron Hall and Adrevian St. Clair are two sophomores the coaches are high on. St. Clair will handle the middle linebacker spot while Hall will be counted on to make plays from one of the outside linebacker positions.

Joining them will be a host of solid freshman linebackers led by De'Jon Curry, a physically impressive prospect who can fly around and make plays.

The Cougar coaches are also very high on K Jose Arias who has a big, accurate leg.

As long as the Cougars can figure out their quarterback situation and get some solid contributions on defense from some younger players, they could be a team to contend with this fall.


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