Linebackers to watch this high school football season

Linebackers to watch this high school football season
Narbonne linebacker Lawson Hall intercepts a pass against Edison during a summer passing league tournament in Huntington Beach. (David McNew / For The Times)

Top high school football linebackers to watch this fall in the Southland:

Player; School; Ht.; Wt.; Yr.; Comment


Breland Brandt; Windward; 6-4; 220; Sr.; Blessed with talent and potential.

Josh Brown; Long Beach Poly; 6-2; 225; Jr.; Ready for a season to remember.

Jake Colacion; La Habra; 6-1; 215; Sr.; Has committed to Arizona.

Darrian Franklin; Downey; 6-2; 205; Sr.; Oregon commit is mobile.

Lawson Hall; Narbonne; 6-1; 210; Sr.; Nevada commit makes plays.

Mique Juarez; North Torrance; 6-2; 226; Sr.; Whatever is needed, he does it.

Curtis Robinson; Mater Dei; 6-3; 215; Sr.; Stanford commit is big-time player.

Alec Simpson; Palisades; 6-3; 215; Sr.; Nevada commit is workaholic.

Lokeni Toailoa; Carter; 6-0; 215; Sr.; UCLA commit is tackling machine.

Blake Walls; Gardena Serra; 6-0; 235; Sr.; Chases down running backs.

Bryce Youngquist; Los Osos; 6-1; 215; Sr.; Known for his speed.

Best of the rest:

Matteo Biscotti; Redlands East Valley; 6-2; 210; Sr.; Averaged more than 12 tackles a game.


Ryan Boehm; Great Oak; 6-2; 230; Sr.; Inside linebacker makes tackles.

Zach Brumbaugh; Corona Centennial; 5-11; 220; Sr.; Top defensive player for Pac-5 champs.

Ryan Burke; St. John Bosco; 6-2; 220; Sr.; Has Ivy League grades and instincts.

Cameron Carr; La Mirada; 6-2; 220; Sr.; Had 101 tackles at Downey.

Cody Darrow; Ayala; 6-2; 220; Sr.; All-league middle linebacker and top tackler.

Cedric Dashiell; Buena Park; 6-1; 215; Sr.; Freeway League defensive MVP.

Ryan Dominick; Harvard-Westlake; 6-2; 205; Jr.; Ready to become Division I prospect.

Sammy Duarte; Servite; 6-2; 235; Sr.; Staying healthy is key.

Jonathan Estrada; South Gate; 5-9; 170; Sr.; Makes tackle after tackle.

Cristian Egurbide; Newbury Park; 6-5; 195; Sr.; Had four sacks last season.

Eric Flowers; Birmingham; 6-0; 195; Sr.; Has lots of quickness.

Hunter Kampmoyer; Bishop; 6-4; 235; Sr; Has committed to Oregon.

Tommy Jacobsson; Palm Desert; 6-1; 220; Sr.; Effective inside linebacker.

Rahyme Johnson; Salesian; 6-4; 180; Jr.; Has committed to UCLA.

Dru Mathis; Buena; 6-3; 210; Sr.; Big, aggressive player.

Tanner Matthews; Santa Margarita; 6-3; 235; Sr.; Stands out in a tough league.

Gabriel McClain; University; 5-11; 215; Sr.; Had 146 tackles.

Cole McCarty; Upland; 6-0; 200; Sr.; Had 76 tackles, three sacks.

Marcos Munoz; Manual Arts; 6-1; 180; Sr.; Has relentless work ethic.

Cedric Muzik; Redondo; 6-2; 230; Sr.; Good pass rusher.

Tysyn Parker; Gardena Serra; 6-2; 190; Jr.; First-team all-Mission League as a sophomore.

Merlin Robertson; Gardena Serra; 6-3; 215; So.; Had 77 tackles as a freshman.

Toa Taua; Lompoc; 5-10; 190; So.; Keeps getting better and better.

Solomone Taufahema; Birmingham; 5-11; 220; Sr.; Had 109 tackles.

Lamin Touray; Alemany; 6-1; 220; Jr.; Lots of agility, toughness.

Raymond Scott; Narbonne; 6-1; 225; So.; All he does is make tackles.

Jackson Sirmon; Loyola; 6-2; 200; So.; Was standout on freshman team.

Desmond Williams; Corona Centennial; 6-1; 190; Sr.; He plays all over the field.

Jordan Williams; Orange Lutheran; 6-0; 205; Sr.; Quick, physical, intelligent.