OL — Jeremiah Tofaeono: senior, Cheyenne. The 6-foot-5, 320 pounder is considered the top lineman in Southern Nevada. He’s experienced, strong and a big reason why the Desert Shields are one of favorites in the Sunset Region.
DL — Rodrick Tuisavalo: senior, Rancho. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Tuisavalalo is likely to be one of the best players hitting the field for the annual Bone Game against Las Vegas, which says a lot when you consider several believe Las Vegas will win the state title. Tuisavalalo is powerful and controls the line of scrimmage.
LB — Evan Palelei: junior, Bishop Gorman. Just a junior, Palelei returned a fumble for a touchdown in the Gaels state championship victory. He is the son of former NFL lineman Lonnie Palelei, an assistant coach with Gorman.
LB — T.J. Alofipo: senior, Silverado. Alofipo, who committed to Hawaii this summer, combines with Graham to give the Skyhawks a formidable defense. They allowed 17.5 points per game last year in going undefeated through the regular season.
LB — Liloa Nobriga: senior, Palo Verde. Nobriga has offers from UNLV, Hawaii and Utah for his defensive accolades and will add offensive tackle to his resume this year.
Others to watch include
Sage Nua, linebacker, Liberty — If Liberty makes the playoffs for the first time in its six-year history, senior linebacker Sage Nua will be a big reason why. The 6-foot, 220-pounder had 133 tackles last year and has been one of Liberty’s leaders in an intense offseason program.