High School Football America/SoCal’s composite player rankings

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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.

Name School Pos. 24/7 Rivals Scout ESPN  Avg.
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
Breland Brandt Windward WDE 59 38 52 210 87.25
David Long Loyola CB 79 133 55 101 92
Lokeni Toalila Carter ILB 135 76 99 65 93.75
Dylan Crawford Santa Margarita WR 75 82 94 176 106.75
Trevon Sidney Bishop Amat WR 110 97 119 136 115.5

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.