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.