West: Final Top Ten Middle Linebackers

Isaac Savaiinaea

Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou's Isaac Savaiinaea tops the West's final middle linebacker rankings...

West: Final Top Ten Linebackers
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
High School: Punahou
Size: 6-3, 230
Recruiting: Texas A&M, UCLA
The Skinny: Savaiinaea is everything you want in an inside linebacker. He has size, toughness, above average athleticism, is a solid tackler and plays with a motor. He's a huge hitter who plays sideline to sideline and has the athletic ability to be a three down linebacker. He is regarded as the best prospect to come out of Hawaii since former Punahou linebacker Manti Teo, a Heisman Trophy finalist.  Savaiinaea was picked to the UnderArmour All-America Game.
 
Location: Tulare, Calif.
High School: Mission Oak
Size: 6-2/248
Recruiting: Committed to Stanford
The Skinny: Few players upped their stock this offseason like Palma, going from relative unknown to big time prospect after dominating at the SoCal NFTC and Oakland NFTC, the latter where he won MVP honors.  He also did very well at The Opening, helping his team win the Nike 7ON and then followed up with a strong performance at Gridiron Kings.  Then he had an all-state senior season and caught the eye of Stanford, who he committed to shortly after. Palma was selected to the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.
 
Location: Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
High School: Rancho Cucamonga
Size: 6-2/230
Recruiting: Committed to Arizona State
The Skinny: Latu is a physical run-stuffing linebacker, who looked excellent this spring on the 7v7 circuit, dropping into coverage.  But he's at his best when he's making tackles and hitting people.  He and his twin brother are the heart-and-soul of one of the most talented defenses in the West.  Selected to the CalState Game and West Coast Bowl.
 
Location: Grass Valley, Calif.
High School: Nevada Union
Size: 6-2/225
Recruiting: Committed to Boise State
The Skinny: Vallejo is the top linebacker in the Sacramento area, a classic middle linebacker, who can play sideline to sideline, nice and agile and good against the run.  He had a great performance at the Oakland NFTC as well then had a strong senior season, earning all-Area honors.
 
Location: Bellevue, Wash.
High School: Bellevue
Size: 6-2/228
Recruiting: Committed to Washington
The Skinny: Constantine has the ability to play either inside linebacker or outside linebacker, but is likely an inside guy.  Physical against the run and solid in coverage, Constantine was a rock on the Wolverines last three Washington state 3A championship teams.

The Next Five:
6. George Frazier (Monrovia, Calif.)- Committed to Colorado
7. DeAndre Miller (Buckeye, Ariz.)- Committed to Arizona
8. Beau Hershberger (Granite Bay, Calif.)- Committed to Nevada
9. Peyton Pelluer (Sammamish, Wash.)- Committed to Washington State
10. Derrick Turituri (Central Point, Ore.)- Committed to Arizona

 


National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins), National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman), Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell (@jason247scout) and Northwest Recruiting Analyst Jake Worthen (@JakeWorthen) contributed to these rankings.