According to Cal-Hi Sports Paul Muyskens
1. Ainuu Taua (Lompoc) 6-1, 270
Recently named the 1on1 defensive MVP at the Nike Opening, Ainuu has
double digit offers, including those from schools like Cal, Oklahoma and
Wisconsin and it should continue to grow until he makes a decision.
Last season, he played on both sides of the ball and finished with seven
sacks and an interception while rushing and catching for scores. He was
named to our All-State junior team.
3. Nifae Lealao (Capital Christian, Sacramento) 6-5, 245
Named to our All-State Junior second team last season, he has a good
chance to be first team this season while being recruited by schools
like Oregon, Stanford and Boise State. Last season, he had 87 tackles
and six sacks while also playing on the offensive line. In addition to
football, Lealao started for Capital Christian’s basketball team where
double-doubles were the norm.
9. Austin Maloata (Centennial, Corona) 6-3, 315
If you don’t remember seeing Austin banging around on the interior of
the Huskies’ line last season, it’s because he had not yet transferred
in from Samoa. It didn’t take long for colleges to notice him in the
spring. Maloata got offers quickly and recently committed to USC.
10. Ngalu Tapa (Burbank, Sacramento) 6-3, 275
With impressive stats that included 124 tackles and 24 sacks, he was
selected to our All-State Underclass first team. Tapa has an explosive
first step and when he grabs running backs they go down. His recruiting
stock appears to have slipped, but he sure looked like a legit D1
prospect when we saw him play last season.
11. Uriah Leiataua (Dominguez, Compton) 6-4, 265
One of the leaders of the Dons’ defense last season, Uriah’s top two
choices that have offered him have been reported to be Utah and
16. Jason Fao (Long Beach Poly, Long Beach) 6-1, 250
We remember him playing well as a varsity starter for the Jackrabbits as
a sophomore and he’s continued to progress. Fao has interest from most
of the Pac-12, including Arizona, Oregon, UCLA and USC.
17. Olajuwon Tucker (Serra, Gardena) 6-4, 225
On a team loaded with talent, Tucker had 68 tackles and five sacks last
season for the Cavaliers, who captured the CIF Division II state
championship. Among those that have offered are Arizona State, Miami and
19. Teancum Fuga (Edison, Huntington Beach) 6-1, 280
The younger brother of former ex-BYU Cougar DT Romney Fuga also will be
headed to Provo next season as he committed to BYU at the end of June.
He also had offers from Boise State, Utah and Utah State before
following his brother’s big footsteps and verballing with the Cougars.
21. Tyrone Fa’anono (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village) 6-2, 250
His lone offer so far is from San Diego State after he played on both
sides of the line for the Lions while making 31 tackles and three sacks
last season. He is yet another who performed well at an NFTC as he was
at the one in Los Angeles.
22. David Lemoto (Cathedral-Los Angeles) 6-3, 280
It was a good month of May for this defensive lineman as he had offers
from Wyoming and New Mexico. He was named last season to the Los Angeles
City Section Division II first team defense.
Some others we like who can make a move in future updates to this list:
•Samiu Akoetu (Serra, Gardena)
•David Moa (Kearny, San Diego)
•Jacob Tuioti-Mariner (St. John Bosco, Bellflower)
•Chris Unga (Rancho Cucamonga)