Austin Hooper

SCHOOL: De La Salle

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Defensive line

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-4/247

THE STAT LINE: A knee injury sidelined Hooper for several games, but the highly recruited defensive end still accounted for eight sacks and 39 tackles. A former quarterback, Hooper also was valuable on offense as a tight end.

Antonio Huey

SCHOOL: Pittsburg

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Defensive line

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-2/280

THE STAT LINE: Huey had a monster season on offense and defense to earn BVAL co-MVP honors. He had 58 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery to help the Pirates reach the NCS Division I quarterfinals.

Ansar Muhammad

SCHOOL: James Logan

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Defensive line

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-10/210

THE STAT LINE: Opponents struggled to block Muhammad, who keyed one of the East Bay's top defenses. He had 115 tackles, including 17 for losses, along with 13 sacks and two fumbles caused.

John Tai

SCHOOL: Newark Memorial

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Defensive line

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-3/235

THE STAT LINE: With a constant motor, Tai provided 12 sacks in eight games for the MVAL champions and he was named the MVAL's Defensive Player of the Year.

Michael Hutchings

SCHOOL: De La Salle

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Linebacker

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-2/215

THE STAT LINE: The three-year starter is headed for USC after winning Open Division state titles every year of his career at De La Salle. Hutchings totaled 113 tackles, 3.5 sacks and three interceptions.

Derik Calhoun

SCHOOL: El Cerrito

YEAR: Junior

POSITION: Linebacker

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-0/200

THE STAT LINE: The hard-hitting junior and top recruit was named defensive MVP of the TCAL-Rock Division after leading the Gauchos to a league championship.

D.J. Moffitt

SCHOOL: De La Salle

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Linebacker

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-2/205

THE STAT LINE: Moffitt contributed 68 tackles, six pass deflections and two interceptions for a defense that allowed a little more than 12 points a game. He has offers from several Pac-12 schools.

Ryan Bua

SCHOOL: James Logan

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Linebacker

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-0/200

THE STAT LINE: Bua was the top defensive playmaker for a Colts team that posted four shutouts. He had 152 tackles, including 19 for losses, five sacks and forced four fumbles.

Kevin King

SCHOOL: Bishop O'Dowd

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Defensive back

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-2/178

THE STAT LINE: Though he wasn't often targeted, King, who has committed to Washington, had five interceptions, a forced fumble and 29 tackles.

Marcellus Pippins

SCHOOL: El Cerrito

YEAR: Senior

POSITION: Defensive back

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-10/170

THE STAT LINE: A shutdown cornerback for the NCS Division III finalists, Pippins has committed to Utah. He also was valuable as a punt returner and a kick returner.

Adarius Pickett

SCHOOL: El Cerrito

YEAR: Junior

POSITION: Defensive back

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-0/175

THE STAT LINE: Pickett teamed with Pippins to create one of the most formidable cornerback duos around, helping the Gauchos allow less than 10 points per game.

Nzuzi Webster

SCHOOL: Deer Valley

YEAR: Junior

POSITION: Defensive back

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-0/175

THE STAT LINE: Webster had an outstanding season for the Wolverines. A unanimous first-team All-BVAL pick, Webster had seven interceptions, 71 tackles and seven pass deflections.

Jalen Harvey

SCHOOL: El Cerrito

YEAR: Junior

POSITION: Utility

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-1/185

THE STAT LINE: A varsity starter since he was a freshman, the wide receiver was named TCAL-Rock Division Offensive Player of the Year and was just as good on defense as a safety.