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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Preseason All-South Bay/Long Beach


First Team
OL Damien Mama (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 6-4, 370, Sr.
The consensus No. 1 lineman in the state, Mama holds multiple offers around the country, including USC, Alabama and Ohio State. Behind his strong blocking and imposing frame, Bosco rushed for over 2,500 yards last year. The All-State junior team selection also impressed at The Opening in July.

OL Sam Akoteu (Serra, Gardena) 6-2, 250, Sr.
Akoteu made the All-Mission League second team after helping pave the way for the Cavaliers to rush for 4,318 yards. He’s also made an impact as a defensive lineman who made key plays during the Cavaliers’ state title run.

DL Uriah Leiataua (Dominguez, Compton), 6-4, 265, Sr.
The Dons have always been solid in molding Division I talent on defense and Leiataua is next in line. Wisconsin and Utah lead among the offers he’s considering for the next level.

DL Jason Fao (Poly, Long Beach) 6-1, 250, Sr.
Fao has been a prime-time performer since his sophomore year and now he’s the front line leader of what should be another strong Poly defense. Eleven of his 38 tackles last year were for a loss and while he’s been offered by UTEP and New Mexico State, UCLA has also shown strong interest in him.

DL Olajuwon Tucker (Serra, Gardena) 6-3, 215, Sr.
Tucker was an All-Mission League second team selection after registering 68 tackles and five sacks for the Cavaliers. He’s currently got offers from Arizona State and Miami.

LB Chandler Leniu (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 6-1, 225, Sr.
Another well-decorated member of our All-State Junior First Team, Leniu (157 tackles) was the defensive MVP in the tough Trinity League. He’s fielding more than 10 offers, including Washington State.

WR/DB John “Juju” Smith (Poly, Long Beach) 6-2, 200, Sr.
Speaking of playoff performances, our State Junior Player of the Year stood out prominently during the Jackrabbits’ playoff run. Smith had a team-high six interceptions and caught 49 passes for 752 yards and nine touchdowns and also has a slew of offers from the likes of Michigan, Alabama, UCLA and USC.

Second Team
LB Malachi Mageo (Serra, Gardena) Sr.


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