Sunny Hills players Wilson Cal, Jun Ahn, Carson Irons and Luke Duxbury with coach Pete Karavesas at the CIF-football banquet in November 2019. (Photo: Michael Huntley)

Posted On: 07/22/20 11:30 AM

As the news wire is full of recruiting updates and COVID-19 schedule changes, it's time to take a look at what actually happens on the field.

College recruiters focus primarily on a player's size, agility and speed that they display in various camps but racking up tackles is still a valuable skill.

These guys aren't piling up college offers but with many of the sport's top stars opting out of playing their senior season in favor of enrolling in college early, these five will draw plenty of recruiting interest over the course of the season. Here are the top five returning tackling leaders in the Southern Section. All five are from the class of 2021.

Carson Irons, Sunny Hills, Fullerton. 186 tackles

Irons doubles as a running back and moves well laterally as a linebacker. He wreaks havoc in the backfield and had a pair of sacks for the CIF-champion Lancers. He had 92 solo tackles, which is the second most among returning players. He had the game-winning interception in the semifinal game against Trabuco Hills to send Sunny Hills to its first CIF-championship game since 1992. He has a few offers including Johns Hopkins, Northern Arizona, Penn and Princeton.

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