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Post Season Rankings: The Defensive Tackles
Trying to choose between Ellis and Mebane almost came down to a coin toss. Both are tremendous players and will be excellent at the college level. Mebane had the better year, Ellis has better size and may project a little better. Both play hard on every down and when we talked to Mission Viejo offensive line coach Marty Spaulding, he said they were the two best players they've played against in the last two years. We asked our top offensive line recruit Drew Radovich, who has played against both, and he said they are very good but gave a slight nod to Ellis. Overall, the better college player will be determined by what system they choose and what kind of coaching they receive at the next level. Both will be in the CaliFlorida Bowl in January so we'll have a chance to watch them up close in practice five days straight. If you talk to the Poly coaches and players, many of them feel Tauanuu is the best lineman on the team. He got off to a great start this year and is impossible to block one on one. He's very explosive off the ball and can play anywhere on the line. Soi is a monster in the middle and very athletic. He was a man among boys all season and actually told us he wished the competition he was playing was better because it wasn't much fun for him. Drummer is not as athletic as some of the other tackles but has great size and we love his effort. He always give 100% and has a strong desire to get better. Can also play on the offensive line and it wouldn't surprise us if he ended up on that side of the ball. Defensive Tackles: Pre-season ranking is in parentheses:1. (2) Sedrick Ellis 6-3, 265 Chino CAVery versatile player, can play end or tackle in college.2. (7) Brandon Mebane 6-1, 260 Crenshaw, Los Angeles CA Might be the hottest player on the West Coast right now.3. (10) Josh Tauanu'u 6-2, 284 Long Beach Poly, Long Beach CALove his ability to stuff the run and the fire he plays with.4. (5) Brian Soi 6-3, 285 Timpview, Provo UTAlmost looked bored at times he was so much better than opponents. 5. (9) Leon Drummer 6-4, 310 St. Mary's, Berkeley CA- CalHad another strong year and is force on both sides of the ball.6. (3) Mathew Malele 6-1, 300 Carson CAStock dropped somewhat this year but is still a top prospect.7. (6) Tolifili Liufau 6-3, 290 St. Louis, Honolulu HI Incredibly strong at the point of attack, grades a concern.8. (11) Matt Spanos 6-5, 265 Corona CA- USCWas recruited to play on either side of the line but prefers defense.9. (8) Fili Moala 6-4, 290 Western, Anaheim CA- USCMissed most of his senior year but should thrive in college.10. (DE) Brett Palmer 6-3, 255 Marcos de Niza, Tempe AZ- ASUHad a solid senior year, very strong and plays hard.The Next 5:11. (DE) Grant Thomas 6-1, 240 Buchanan, Clovis CA 12. (NR) Davin Garrett 6-5, 275 Saguaro, Scottsdale AZ13. (13) Chad Sutter 6-1, 273 River Ridge, Lacey WA 14. (12) Richy Mulcahy 6-4, 262 Jackson, Mill Creek WA15. (NR) Steven Jackson 6-0, 295 Oxnard CA Others To Watch: Patrick Atherton 6-0, 285 Brea Olinda, Brea CAAaron Boggs 6-4, 255 Vallejo CAJoe Bozikovich 6-1, 260 Wilson, Portland OR Paul Cody 6-1, 265 Los Altos, Hacienda Hts CAJon Frey 6-4, 280 Orange Lutheran, Orange CAMatt Hines 6-0, 295 Beyer, Modesto CAMichale Kautz 6-5, 290 Dixon CATyler Lee 6-1, 260 North Sanpete, Mount Pleasant UT Victor Lockett 6-1, 284 Washington Union, Fresno CAMike McCarthy 6-1, 240 Golden West, Visalia CAAano Philoialii 6-4, 250 East, Anchorage AKElliot Sims 6-3, 255 Chief Sealth, Seatle WA Editors Note: Players are ranked based on a combination of college potential, on the field performance and camp evaluations. How many scholarship offers a player has or where he has committed has NOTHING to do with where a player is ranked.
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