Linebackers to watch:
D.J. Beavers; Crespi; 6-1; 215; Sr.; He's mean and let's running backs know it.
Breland Brandt; L.A. Windward; 6-4; 220; Jr.; Getting better and better.
Darrian Franklin; Downey; 6-2; 210; Jr.; Rising college prospect.
Lawson Hall; Narbonne; 6-1; 200; Jr.; Ready for breakout junior season.
Daelin Hayes; Narbonne; 6-3; 225; Jr.; Michigan transfer is committed to USC.
Ben Humphreys; Mater Dei; 6-1; 210; Sr.; Committed to Duke.
John Houston; Gardena Serra; 6-3; 210; Sr.; Terrific all-around athletic skills.
Keisean Lucier-South; Orange Lutheran; 6-5; 225; Sr.; Can be best in California.
Eddie Rudinski; Oaks Christian; 6-2; 210; Sr. Eleven college offers and counting.
Khaylan Thomas; Etiwanda; 6-1; 217; Sr.; Lots of athleticism.
Josh Woods; Upland; 6-2; 215; Sr; Committed to UCLA.
Corey Adolphus; Gardena Serra; 6-3; 180; Sr.; Watch him pressure quarterbacks.
Nas Anesi; St. John Bosco; 6-0; 221; Sr.; Starter on 16-0 team.
Denzel Brantley; Los Alamitos; 6-1; 203; Sr.; Three-year starter with speed.
Josh Brown; Long Beach Poly; 6-2; 220; So.; All signs point toward being a future standout.
Quincy Bennett; Westlake; 6-0; 225; Sr.; A star in Marmonte League.
Anthony Camargo; Bishop Amat; 6-3; 210; Sr.; Has size and mobility.
Andre Chevalier; Oaks Christian; 5-11; 215; Sr.; Steady, reliable tackler.
Darian Cohen; El Camino Real; 6-0; 223; Jr.; Averaged more than 12 tackles as sophomore.
Christian Decker-Weible; Heritage; 5-11; 230; Sr.; Had 101 tackles as a junior.
Tavon Duker; L.A. University; 6-3; 200; Sr.; Had 17 sacks.
Manuopuava Tui-Enesi; Carson; 6-0; 230; Sr.; Inside linebacker with talent.
Parker Godfrey; Mission Viejo; 5-10; 190; Sr.; A South Coast League standout.
Xavier Hernandez; Villa Park; 6-3; 225; Sr.; One of the best in Orange County.
Clinton Hewitt; Dorsey; 6-2; 230; Sr.; Has size to disrupt running backs.
Matt Locher; Los Alamitos; 6-3; 245; Sr.; He's healthy and ready to hit hard.
Omari Lyles; Long Beach Poly; 5-11; 220; Sr.; Leader of top defense.
Justin Parcells; Servite; 5-11; 215; Sr.; Toughness is his trait.
Mike Ramos; S.O. Notre Dame; 5-8; 205; Sr.; All he does is make tackles.
Jack Savage; Servite; 6-2; 220; Sr.; He's healthy, so beware.
Alec Simpson; Palisades; 6-3; 205; Jr.; Has mobility and toughness to be impact player.
Travis Shollin; Corona Santiago; 6-2; 230; Sr.; Straight A student who makes plays.
Jalen Starks; Crespi; 6-0; 230; Jr.; Watch how he develops.
Alec Stevenson; Malibu; 5-11; 215; Jr.; Standout in Frontier League.
Manase Time; Edison; 5-11; 190; Sr.; Sunset defensive MVP.
Kyahva Tezino; Salesian; 6-0; 190; Sr. Outside linebacker uses his quickness.
Tyree Thompson; Alemany; 6-2; 235; Sr.; Ready for a big season.
Lokeni Toailoa; Carter; Jr.; 6-2; 210; Jr.; Middle linebacker is good tackler.
Michael Williams; Inglewood; 6-4; 220; Sr.; Has size to cause big problems.
Riley Whimpey; San Clemente; 6-2; 210; Sr.; Utah transfer has ability.
Bryce Youngquist; Los Osos; 6-2; 210; Jr.; Gaining attention as prospect.
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