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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

California's Top 25 D-Line Prospects

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 Wisconsin.
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 Utah.
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)

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