A deep and talented linebacker class in California is led by Galippo, the top backer in the nation. Smith is one of the best athletes in the nation this year while Campbell has all the tools to be a stud at the next level. Pritchett, Sloan and Stafford give NorCal a strong trio. Holt is making the move from defensive end and has looked very good this summer. Matthews has linebacker in his genes.
1. Chris Galippo, 6-2, 230, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
Committed to: USC
Might be the best linebacker from California since D.J. Williams.
2. Malcolm Smith, 6-2, 215, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Steve’s younger brother ran a 4.44 at the Scout Combine and is also being recruited as a running back and a safety.
3. Jordan Campbell, 6-0, 226, Norco (Calif.)
A clone of former USC star Troy Polamalu, Campbell is a beast.
4. Terrance Pritchett, 6-3, 200, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant
Committed to: Arizona
Big and quick, Pritchett is the best linebacker in Northern California.
5. D.J. Holt, 6-2, 235, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
A pure football player, Holt can play a myriad of positions, but backer is his likely destination.
6. Casey Matthews, 6-2, 220, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Committed to: Oregon
The son of former USC and Browns Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews, Casey has been the anchor of the Lions defense.
7. Steve Sloan, 6-3, 228, San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty
Committed to: UCLA
The best linebacker in the Bay Area, Sloan reminds some of former Bruin Spencer Havner.
8. Austin Stafford, 6-3, 210, Hayward (Calif.)
Strong spring has sent his stock up.
9. Andre Ferguson, 6-4, 210, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley
Ferguson as productive as any prospect in the state.
10. Robert Mullins, 6-2, 205, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
An excellent student, Mullins takes over the starring role from Ohio State freshman Mark Johnson.
The Next 10:
11. Chris Carter, 6-2, 205, Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser
12. Terrell Turner, 6-2, 225, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
13. Gavin Cooper, 6-2.5, 220, El Dorado (Calif.) Union Mine
14. Miles Burris, 6-2.5, 242, Granite Bay (Calif.)
15. John Tyndall, 6-3, 215, Pacific Grove (Calif.)
16. Nate Vaiomounga, 6-0, 200, Corona (Calif.)
17. Tyler Ahles, 6-2, 235, San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon- Colorado
18. Tyler Beck, 6-1.5, 205, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta- BYU
19. Howard Bowens, 6-0, 216, Claremont (Calif.)
20. Bobby Erskine, 6-2, 210, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine