Nose tackle Tom Barger (El Toro HS) will continue his career at Portland State. Barger posted 55 tackles, three sacks, and added a fumble recovery in earning first-team all-conference recognition in 2003. Barger earned second-team all-conference honors in 2002 after posting 49 tackles, 1 ½ sacks, and adding a pass broken up.
Linebacker Jimmy Ellingson (Temescal Canyon HS) and safety Jeff Dixon (Capistrano Valley HS) have both decided to attend Sacramento State. Ellingson, the conference's Defensive Player of the Year in 2003, led the Gauchos with 101 tackles, including 3 ½ sacks, four passes broken up, two blocked kicks, and two fumble recoveries. He also earned first-team all-conference honors as a freshman in 2002 after recording 104 tackles, 5 ½ sacks, broke up five passes, and had three fumble recoveries.
Dixon, who played quarterback throughout high school and at the U.S. Military Academy, was switched to a defensive back position once he enrolled at Saddleback. He earned first-team all-conference recognition both seasons, posting 53 tackles, 3 ½ sacks, two interceptions, three passes broken up, one blocked kick, and caused two fumbles as a freshman in 2002. He added 35 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions, two passes broken up, and three fumble recoveries in 2003.