SB Live player rankings: Top 10 defensive linemen in Southern California high school football



On the heels of our Top 100, where we ranked the best high school football players in Southern California, we’re now bringing you position-by-position rankings. The rankings encompass the Southern Section, L.A. City Section and San Diego Section.

These are preseason rankings based on last year’s performance and spring and summer observations. We will update the rankings at midseason.

Rankings: Top QBs | Top RBs | Top WRs | Top DBs | Top LBs | Top OL | Top DL

Here are the Top 10 defensive linemen:

#10 Keanu Tanuvasa – 2020 Mission Viejo DE



Tanuvasa picked up right where he left off from last season in Mission Viejo’s 38-14 opening victory against Hawaii’s Konawaena. The senior made two tackles, including one for loss. Tanuvasa has double digit scholarship offers.

#9 – LeShaun Bell – 2020 Calabasas DE

Bell played so well in Calabasas’ opener against Bakersfield that Arizona State offered him the next day. The senior was a first team all-Marmonte league selection in 2019.

#8 – Ethan Saunders – 2020 Orange Vista DE

Saunders won the Southern Section’s Division 13 Defensive Player of the Year award in 2018 after leading Orange Vista to the section championship game. He is committed to Cal.

#7 – Sefita Tupe – 2020 Mater Dei DL

Tupe played on both the offensive and defensive lines for Mater Dei in 2018. The senior made a critical fourth down tackle in the Monarchs’ win against IMG Academy last year. He holds an offer from Oregon State.


#6 – Kobe Pepe – 2020 St. John Bosco DT

Pepe committed to USC in June. He was a stalwart for one of the best defensive lines in the country a year ago. Pepe is excellent against the run; he had five tackles for loss in 2018.

#5 – Victory Vaka – 2021 Westlake DT

Vaka has averaged 67 tackles per season in the last two years for Westlake. He has eight scholarship offers.

#4 – Jay Toia – 2021 Grace Brethren DT

Toia played a big role in Grace Brethren’s state title run in 2018. He had five tackles including two for losses in the Lancers’ 21-14 state championship win over Del Oro. The junior is committed to USC.

#3 – Jordan Berry – 2020 Narbonne DT



Berry is one of the best run-stuffers in Southern California. The LSU commit was a big part of the Narbonne defense that pitched a second half shutout in the Gaucho’s 2019 opener against Buchanan Clovis.

#2 – Tuli Tuipulotu – 2020 Lawndale DE

Lawndale coach Travis Clark called Tuipulotu, “a coaches dream,” in an interview with 247Sports.com a year ago. The senior defensive end has a great motor. He had 24 tackles for loss and nine sacks in last season’s state championship campaign for Lawndale.

#1 – Korey Foreman – 2021 Corona Centennial DE

Foreman exploded onto the national recruiting scene this offseason. The junior had a sack in Corona Centennial’s opener against Mater Dei. Clemson has been recruiting him aggressively.

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