With the official beginning of fall practice in Southern California fast approaching, High School Football America/SoCal decided to compile composite rankings for the Class of 2016 by averaging player rankings from 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout.
At the top of the heap is a young man, who in November 2013 was living in Lagos, Nigeria. Serra (Gardena) defensive end Oluwolve Betiku is the #1 overall Southern California recruit thanks to a big jump from #18 to #6 in the latest 247 Sports rankings. Betiku’s composite ranking is 30.5 with 247 Sports being his highest ranking.
Betiku, who never played organized football until last year, has attracted many college scholarship offers thanks to a 2014 season that saw him record 59 tackles with 11.5 sacks. Actually, before playing a down of high school football, the 6-4, 240 pound Betiku received offers from Hawaii and Maryland.
In May, Betiku announced that Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Penn St., Texas A&M and UCLA has his top six choices.
Bishop Amat and Santa Margarita both have two players in the Top 10.
Below are the Top 10 players from the Class of 2016 in the CIF-Southern and City Sections.
|Oluwole Betiku||Gardena Serra||WDE||6||44||14||58||30.5|
|KJ Costello||Santa Margarita||QB||68||27||58||37||47.5|
|Tyler Vaughns||Bishop Amat||WR||38||26||25||115||47.5|
|Mique Juarez||North Torrance||OLB||56||8||17||44||51|
|Jack Jones||Long Beach Poly||ATH||126||91||18||108||85.75|
|Dylan Crawford||Santa Margarita||WR||75||82||94||176||106.75|
|Trevon Sidney||Bishop Amat||WR||110||97||119||136||115.5|