The West's Emerging Defensive Prospects
Uaea Masina
Uaea Masina
Scout.com
Posted Apr 21, 2012


A look at the emerging defensive players out West as the evaluation period gets started, and which players who are looking to add their first FBS offers into the mix...

Dakota Turner
Defensive Line, Miliani (Hawaii)
Turner is still waiting for his first offer, but that should change soon. The 6’3” 255lbs prospect currently plays defensive end, but will likely grow into a defensive tackle at the collegiate level. Turner plays with good leverage and his power is his biggest asset. He also has a quick first step that will be useful if he stays at defensive end or slides inside to tackle.

Drew Burgesser
Defensive Line, Gilbert (Ariz.) Williams Field
Williams Field is a newer school but has already produced a handful of D1 prospects, Burgesser will be next. He already has an offer from South Dakota State but once he is seen in person to verify the 6-2 230 pound size claim, he will haul in more. He plays like the Tazmanian Devil, with a non-stop motor, which helped him get to the QB 8 times last year.

Keishawn Haley
Linebacker, Culver City (Calif.)
Played a major role in Culver City's run to the CIF-SS finals last year with over 165 tackles, especially when WSU signee Khalil Pettway was out.  Has looked real fluid this spring and excellent in pass coverage for B2G Scorch.  Pettway had to wait for his first offer for a while and signed with the Pac-12; it could be the same for Haley.

Uaea Masina
Linebacker, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton
Masina was the breakout star of this year’s NLA 7on7. Masina stands 6’4’ 210lbs and looked as natural in coverage as any linebacker at the tournament. Masina’s recruitment may have been slowed because he was injured part his junior year and when healthy played mostly running back. Regardless, Masina is a Pac-12 level linebacker and should have his choice of programs when all is said and done. He is hearing heavily from BYU, Utah and Stanford.

Jack Ferguson
Linebacker, San Luis Obispo (Calif.)
One of the surprising performers at the SoCal NFTC, Ferguson is a big guy at 6-3, 235, and a true middle linebacker at the next level.  Excellent against the run and solid in coverage, as coaches make their way up the Central Coast of California and get a chance to eyeball him, expect the offers to come in for Ferguson.

Johnny Ragin
Linebacker, Wilsonville (Ore.)
:Ragin is an absolute physical specimen. In many ways, he reminds me of former Oregon prep standout Colt Lyerla. Ragin is a little smaller than Lyerla, but fits the mold of a prospect that could play almost anywhere on the field. Ragin should grow into a linebacker at the collegiate level and will have all the athleticism of a safety. Ragin played running back at 7on7 tournaments earlier this spring and proved to be too much for linebackers to handle in space. Attention is slowing building for Ragin, who is still waiting on his first offer.

David Price
Defensive Back, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
SMU offered Price back when he was a sophomore, but the coach who offered him is no longer there, so Price is trying to make an impression on West Coast schools.  The anchor of the Jackrabbits safety, he's had a good spring so far and with his size and skill set, should see those West Coast offers .

Delvin Batiste
Defensive Back, Upland (Calif.)
Few defensive backs have been as good as Batiste has been this spring out West.  From a stellar showing at the NLA Elite 7on7, to the SoCal NFTC to another strong performance at the IMG/Madden 7on7, Batiste has shown great instincts, ball skills and a pretty physical nature to his game.  He missed part of last year with a hip fracture, but its just a matter of time before the first offer comes in.

Ryan McKinley
Defensive Back, Anthem (Ariz.) Boulder Creek
South Dakota State and Yale have offered but expect FBS schools to take notice. Is a great looking kid that can transition to safety if he can't play corner.

Brandon Arnold
Defensive Back, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Arnold teams with Tyler Foreman for one of the top safety tandems in the Southland, and has looked very good this spring at a number of events.  He's gotten offers from South Dakota and South Dakota State but those are likely just setting the table for some FBS offers this spring.

Trevor Osborne
Defensive Back, Phoenix (Ariz.) Northwest Christian
Two-time all-state player but many will want to see in person because he plays small ball. At 6-2 190 pounds and a hitter, Osborne could even be recruited as an OLB.

Greg Biggins, Jason Jewell, Jake Worthen and Brandon Huffman contributed to this team.



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