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Friday, September 04, 2009

North County Times (San Diego): Elite 11


Vista, middle linebacker

Class: Senior

Height, weight: 6-2, 240

All about Ofisa: This prototype middle linebacker is especially strong against the run. Ballcarriers beware if Kose has a line on them in the middle of the field, because he finishes with authority. Last year, he led the Black Shirts with 96 solo tackles and 44 assists, and had 11 tackles for loss. Nevada has offered and others are interested. Some project him as a lineman in college.

From Vista coach Danny Williams: "In my opinion he is probably the best inside linebacker in the county. He runs well and he's a very physical kid. He's a tough kid to scheme against."


Oceanside, two-way tackle

Class: Senior

Height, weight: 6-3, 280

All about Thomas: It takes a strong line to open the holes for Oceanside's running game and buy time for the passing game, and that's Molesi's job. His stout play and highly competitive attitude led Oregon State to offer him a scholarship this summer. Since last year, Molesi has grown three inches and put on 40 pounds. He has great balance and drive and invariably draws two blockers.

From Valley Center coach Rob Gilster: "He is just so athletic. When you get a guy that big, that fast and that athletic, it's hard to account for him."


La Costa Canyon, defensive end

Class: Junior

Height, weight: 6-4, 240

All about Ian: This relative of NFL star Junior Seau was one of the top defensive players for the section Division I champs as a sophomore playing linebacker. This year he will put his hand down and line up as a defensive end. Posted 45 tackles, 20 assists, eight sacks and a defensive touchdown on a 45-yard interception return in '08. Seau could be turned loose on offense this season.

From La Costa Canyon coach Darrin Brown: "He's going to be one of the best defensive ends in the country as a junior. He has the most explosive step out of a stance that we have seen in high school. He's an incredible athlete."

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