Posted On: 04/5/21 1:37 PM
In recent years, southern California has become the scene of elite high school football. The past couple years have seen SoCal dominate the top of the rankings with St. John Bosco and Mater Dei taking the national title honors as of late. Players like Bryce Young, DJ Uiagalelei, Justin Flowe and JT Daniels have gone on to play for some of the top teams in college football and many others will follow suit. Although southern Cali is littered with blue chip recruits, there will always be an abundance of very talented players that fly under the radar. Here we will take a look at 5 players who are very talented and underrated.
Donovan “Poe” Yandall – 2022 – Long Beach Poly – Athlete
Donovan already boasts the necessary size to play outside linebacker at the next level. He stands at 6’3″ while weighing 240 pounds. He is elite coming off the edge with a speed rush that is tough to handle for offensive lineman. He had a game earlier this year where he registered 3 sacks! Currently has an offer from Army but will no undoubtedly add to that list by the time his high school career is up. Yandall has his squad looking like they will return to their old form where they sat near the top of the rankings consistently.
Edward Riley – 2021 – St. John Bosco – Athlete
Riley has not let lack of “prototypical” height stop him from success at the high level. Not only did he start for the defending national champions, he was an All-State selection as an offensive lineman. He knows how to use his height to his advantage by utilizing the leverage he has and getting under the opposition before they can engage. He is very quick and agile with good strength as well. Edward is one of the best players on the field at all times and shows it on film. Although Bosco has a ton of D1 talent, RIley has not gotten lost in the shuffle. His play has caused him to stand out with the best of them.
Lando Brown – 2021 – Juniperro Serra – Athlete
It feels like you are watching Dwight Freeney whenever you see Lando Brown play. He is coming off a junior campaign where he registered 19 sacks and 99 tackles. The kid looks unblockable at times. He uses his athleticism off the edge to find ways to get to the quarterback. His first step is super fast so if you are slow off the line he will blaze right by you. Lando has continued the production into his senior season and it looks like he is headed for a repeat of his junior season. Lando averages over 10 tackles per game!
Thomas Southey – 2021 – Mira Costa – Wide Receiver
Opened the season with a monster performance (12 catches, 204 yards and 4 touchdowns). Southey has a good frame with room to grow as he stands at 6 feet while weighting 175 pounds. He has shown the ability to produce long gains off of quick slants, screens, and over the top. He is a very smooth route runner and knows how to get open. Thomas has very reliable hands and also has been a consistent redzone weapon. He is a very good reciever and should continue to garner looks over the course of his final season.
Jacob Hernandez – 2021 – Orange Lutheran – Middle Linebacker
Love his style of play from his linebacker position! Knows how to take angles to get around blockers for the tackle. He is not afraid of contact as he will go heads up with lead blockers when they come up his gap. He shoots gaps very quickly taking away running lanes. He is a production machine who produces high numbers of tackles on a consistent basis. Has a ton of room to grow. His natural instincts can definitely translate to the next level. Playing in the best league in the nation allows him to showcase his talent against elite competition every week.