|Photo courtesy of Max Preps|
Santa Barbara and Ventura County has six prospects in the trenches that have either landed their first offer, is armed with 13 offers or has drawn a bevy of interest from the Mid-Major ranks and the PAC-12.
Here's a look at who to watch along the lines down in the 805:
AINUU TAUA, DE/DT, LOMPOC
Offers: 13 (Arizona, Cal, Fresno State, Mississippi, UCLA and Wisconsin are among the schools who've offered).
*Not only the most highly-sought prospect in the 805, but Taua is one of the most coveted defensive linemen in the state with programs from the Southeastern Conference, Big Ten or PAC-12 after him. He's got an explosive get-off after the ball moves and uses an array of moves from the swim to the spin move to beat offensive linemen. Taua moves up-and-down the defensive line and his speed, athleticism and his motor helps energize the Braves. He's obviously undersized and will likely face more double teams this upcoming year. If he has an even bigger 2013, then the younger brother to former Nevada running back and city of Lompoc star Vai Taua could see up to 20 offers by December.
More on Taua: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHGWiS6xyUI
JASE FRANKE, DE, ST. BONAVENTURE-VENTURA
Offers: One (San Jose State)
Schools interested: Arizona, UCLA and Stanford
*Franke is built more like a college-level defensive end and has an explosion off the line that makes it look like he should be playing on Saturdays right now. He uses his arms very well and won just about every one-on-one battle against an offensive tackle or blocking back. One strength is his bull rush thanks to his speed, arm extension and upper body strength. He's another one that moves inside and out, plus I didn't see his motor stopping during plays. He probably should have more than just the San Jose State offer with the way he plays. Improving his hand technique even more should mean more interest from schools.
More on Franke: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiCSZiV9JR4
TEVIN KRALL, DE/OT, VENTURA
Schools interested: Cal Poly, Cal, Colorado, Colorado State, Fresno State, USC, UCLA, Hawaii, San Jose State and San Diego State
*Another strong and feisty bull rusher, Krall wreaks havoc on both sides of the football. His penetration skills on defense is a plus, and he may end up generating more interest on that side of the ball because of his size and pass rushing ability. He does tend to let his emotions get the best of him and can have outbursts. Still, though, he's got the demeanor and style of play that can make a defensive line coach very happy. He's also quick off the line thanks to his 4.97 40-yard dash time.
More on Krall: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUvS5oQjRUo
ARNULFO NAVARRO III, OG/DT, RIGHETTI-SANTA MARIA
Schools interested: Not known
*Navarro is a powerful run blocker who shows off a defensive lineman-like motor once he gets on his blocks. He won't stop until his opponent falls to the ground. He moves his feet well in both run blocking and in passing situations, but does tend to stand up and resorts to overpowering his opponents. He bounces between tackle and guard but looks more like a guard for the next level.
More on Navaro III: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/753642/arnulfo-navarro
JOE SALCEDO, OT, BISHOP DIEGO-SANTA BARBARA
Offers: Two (San Diego State and Nevada)
Schools interested: Arizona, UCLA, Cal, Oregon, Utah, Washington State
*Salcedo (photo) is quietly getting on the scholarship radar with two Mountain West schools that have made an offer to the tall blocker. While Salcedo doesn't have the quickest feet and tends to come up high after the snap, he's got powerful strength and a mean streak. He'll either drive his defender 10-yards back or bury his defenders' back to the turf. Off the field, he carries a 4.0 grade point average and scored an 1800 on his SAT.
More on Salcedo: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1474972/joe-salcedo
NOLAN TOOLEY, TE/DE, BISHOP DIEGO-SANTA BARBARA
Schools interested: Not known
*Tooley was an All-County, All-Tri-Valley, All-City and All-CIF selection in Santa Barbara after helping lead the Cardinals to a 12-1 mark last year. While his size, explosive get-off from the line and red zone ability at tight end makes him an intriguing prospect on offense, he could make someone happy on defense with his athleticism and pass-rushing. Whether if he's in a three-point stance or standing up, Tooley runs around opposing offensive tackles for the sack and can haul down interceptions from his end spot. He's got long arms on him and can bull rush blockers to gain penetration to the quarterback. Tooley finished his junior year with 10.5 sacks for the Cardinals. He does tend to come up too high on tackles, but he's one of the Cardinals' best all-around athletes for 2013.
More on Tooley: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1569212/nolan-tooley