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JUSTUS FAAIU, CABRILLO-LONG BEACH
Stats: 15 total tackles (10 assisted, five solo) in 58-26 loss to Norwalk.
Overview: Faaiu has solid size at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds and he's got a great nose for the football. He's also freakishly versatile as a pass rusher with 11 sacks last year and had four forced fumbles. Might be one of the best kept secrets in the Los Angeles region and Southern Section.
MALCOLM MCALISTER, NORWALK
Stats: One fumble recovery, one tackle, 4.5 sacks in 58-26 victory over Cabrillo-Long Beach.
Overview: McAlister was on the winning side and he was on the heavy pressure side in the Norwalk-Cabrillo contest. The 6-foot-2, 230 pound McAlister is currently the state's leader in sacks with his total from Friday. The high-motor defensive end has interest from San Diego State, Arizona State and Arizona.
ZACH CUHA, CANYON-CANYON COUNTRY
Stats: Two tackles, three interceptions for 39 yards in 49-12 rout over Morningside.
Overview: A potential rising junior at safety, Cuha had three interceptions as a sophomore last year. He's already matched that total this year after one game. He's got sharp pursuit angles that helps with his ball skills on defense. If he can be more consistent with his tackling, he could become one to watch.
ERIC WINGFIELD, SUNNYSIDE-CLOVIS
Stats: Two sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, 13 solo tackles in 20-17 loss to Sanger.
Overview: A very underrated and hard-hitting safety, Wingfield (photo) plays the game like a glorified linebacker and his instincts led to another breakout game for him and the Wildcats despite the loss. He helps bring a nasty tone to any defense. Should also add, his twin brother Errian, another underrated talent, ran for 170 yards and two touchdowns.