OL — Alex Manu (Birmingham, Van Nuys) 6-1, 280, Sr.
He developed into an overpowering run blocker last season for a 9-3 team
and fits best on this team as a tackle, although he spends most of his
time at right guard. Manu overpowers defenders with a good motor and is
also an excellent seal blocker. Manu is a returning all-L.A. City
Division I choice on defense, where he racked up 23 total tackles and
was named West Valley Defensive Lineman of the Year.
NG — David Lemoto (Canoga Park) 6-1, 270, Sr.
One of the state’s top 25 defensive line prospects, Lemoto has already
picked up offers from Wyoming and New Mexico. If he starts strong in his
senior season, look for more offers to roll in. He was selected first
team all-Los Angeles City Section Division II defense as a junior and
anchors the middle on this team.
DE — Manu Enesi (Carson) 6-0, 235, Jr.
An all-state sophomore honorable mention for the Colts last season,
Enesi has grown an inch and gained 20 pounds since his sophomore season.
He projects as a college outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, but Enesi
does most of his damage for the Colts at end in a 4-3 scheme. Since this
team also employs a 3-4, he fits best for this honors’ team at his most
comfortable position. Enesi was the only sophomore position player
named to the first or second all-Los Angeles City Section team in 2012.
LB — Manoah Pearson (Carson) 6-1, 220, Sr.
A cinch pick for this team as the only Cal-Hi Sports first team
all-state underclass pick from the L.A. City, Pearson is one of the most
versatile players in the section. He also has the ability to play
inside or outside linebacker, defensive end or fullback. His leadership
will be key for a Colts’ program with its third coach in three years
with the talent to beat Narbonne (which has beaten Carson four times the
past two seasons) for the Marine League crown. As a junior, he was in
on 147 tackles, one interception and returned a fumble for a touchdown.
DT — Shalom Tupua (Carson) 6-0, 280, Sr.