Here's who caught CGM's attention on the defensive side of the ball during 2013:
DE: THOMAS CORONADO, FRESNO CITY
- A high energy rusher for the Rams. Coronado helped set the tone for an always aggressive Ram defense.
DE: TUI TALIA, DIABLO VALLEY COLLEGE
- The 6-foot-5, 270 pound Oregon commit had 13 sacks. A monster motor on the edge.
DT: JOSH GIBBS, FRESNO CITY
- Tall and physical 6-foot-6, 260-pound specimen who led the Rams with 10.5 tackles for a loss.
DT: KOUREY GABIEL, FULLERTON
- Made an immediate impact by eating up gaps with his 6-foot, 285-pound frame.
OLB: JUSTIN OWENS, FULLERTON
- Athletic 6-foot-1, 215 pound LB that runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and led a stingy Hornets defense in tackles with 82.
ILB: SIMON POTI, FULLERTON
- Led the Hornet linebackers in sacks with five. Has excellent size (6-foot-2, 225-pounds) and instincts.
OLB: MORGAN NEVIN, SANTA BARBARA CITY
- Nevin helped energize a SBCC turnaround by averaging 15.5 tackles per game.
DB: DEONTE FLEMINGS, BUTTE
- Small cornerback at 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, but has soft hands proven by his team-leading seven interceptions and has 4.45 speed.
DB: GERALD NUTT, FRESNO CITY
- Former Fresno State walk-on wide receiver may have found his home in the secondary. The 6-foot-2, 200 pound DB had seven picks and became one of the most physical press corners in the Central Valley Conference.
DB: KHARY LIVINGSTON-COLEMAN, COLLEGE OF THE SEQUOIAS
- Looks like the former high school running back is next in line through the always talent-rich Giant secondary. Had six interceptions last season and holds offers from Jacksonville State and the University of Houston.
DB: JACOBY BUREAU, BUTTE
- Tied for the state lead with eight interceptions. Another small cornerback at 5-foot-10, but a playmaker with a 4.44 40 time and 35 inch vertical jump.
KR: JAMAL LOCKETT, LOS MEDANOS
- Dangerous return man who averaged a state best 36.9 yards per kick return.
PR: AKIL BORDELON, DIABLO VALLEY COLLEGE
- Gave DVC excellent field position and returned two punts for touchdowns.