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
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.
LB Malachi Mageo (Serra, Gardena) Sr.