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West: Final Top Ten Outside Linebackers
West: Final Top Ten Outside Linebackers 1. Joey Alfieri Location: Portland, Ore. High School: Jesuit Size: 6-3/210 Previous Ranking: 3 Recruiting: Alfieri committed to Stanford over a final four that also included Oregon, Oregon State and Washington. The Skinny: Oregon's top prospect, Alfieri had a huge summer and could have more upside than any other 'backer in this region. He has a great frame, elite athleticism and a high football IQ. He plays with an incredibly high understanding of the game and is always around the football. He's tough, physical and his performance at the NIKE Camp in Oakland was labeled the best by any 'backer in the country this year by the NIKE staff. He had a great year at both linebacker and running back before a leg injury knocked him out for the final weeks. 2. Bobby Okereke Location: Santa Ana, Calif. High School: Foothill Size: 6-3/205 Previous Ranking: 4 Recruiting: Committed to Stanford on the same day as Alfieri after also considering Oregon and USC. The Skinny: Okereke is a late bloomer and just started playing football two years ago. He's a very quick study and has the look of a star at the next level. He's explosive, a natural pass rusher and relentless in pursuit. He has violent hands and tosses blockers aside with ease and is equally strong playing the run, rushing the passer or dropping in to coverage. He has a non-stop motor, a great worth ethic off the field and should be a major impact player at the next level. Okereke was the defensive star for the West at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, earning top five honors. 3. D.J. Calhoun Location: El Cerrito, Calif. High School: El Cerrito Size: 6-1, 205 Previous Ranking: 2 Recruiting: Calhoun committed to Arizona State in the fall after decommitting from USC a few weeks before. The Skinny: Calhoun is one of the most physical hitters you'll see at the position in the region. Could drop back and play safety or be a mini-backer, but is great in run support and dropping into coverage. Pound-for-pound, may be the best linebacker in the region and is definitely the toughest. Was the top performer on the West at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices and was named a captain in San Antonio. 4. Olajuwon Tucker Location: Gardena, Calif. High School: Serra Size: 6-3/229 Previous Ranking: NR Recruiting: Tucker picked USC over schools like Arizona, Miami, Utah and Washington State The Skinny: On a loaded team full of D-I prospects, Tucker emerged as one of the premier players in the West as a senior and the heart and soul of the Cavs' defense. Long, athletic and physical, Tucker showed he can rush the passer, stop the run and drop into coverage all seamlessly. 5. Fred Warner Location: San Marcos (Calif.) High School: Mission Hills Size: 6-3/215 Previous Ranking: 6 Recruiting: Warner committed to BYU early and the Cougars held off late charges from Washington and USC. The Skinny: Warner has an incredibly high season and showed strides in all aspects of his game, showing well in pass coverage and moving in space, tremendous physicality in his game and a high football IQ. The Next Five: 6. Marquis Ware, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian- Committed to Arizona 7. Dwight Williams, Gardena (Calif.) Serra- Committed to UCLA 8. Koa Farmer, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame- Committed to Penn State 9. Curtis Bolton, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta- Committed to Oklahoma 10. Ismael Murphy-Richardson, Goodyear (Ariz.) Desert Edge- Committed to Arizona State National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins), National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman) and Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell (@jason247scout) contributed to these rankings.
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