Top Linebackers from the Class of 2019

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California is deep when it comes to linebackers in the Class of 2019 and 2020. Four of the Top 25 LB’s in the Class of 2019 hail from Cali and the No. 1 overall linebacker in the in the Class of 2020 is also from California, according to the latest composite rankings.

The No. 4, 5 and 6 linebackers are all from California. Henry To’oto’o of De La Salle is the highest rated LB in the state. He’s the No. 4 overall linebacker, followed by Mater Dei’s outside linebacker Mase Funa, who’s given his verbal to Oregon. Right behind Funa at No. 6 is De’Gabriel Floyd of Westlake High. Floyd has given his verbal to Texas.

Henry To’oto’o, De La Salle (CA)

Mase Funa, Mater Dei (CA)

De’gabriel Floyd, Westlake (CA)

Justin Flowe of Upland is considered the best linebacker in the Class of 2020. Flowe is ranked as the No. 2 overall recruit in the Class of 2020 by’s composite rankings.

The top linebacker in 2019 is Grayson’s (Georgia) Owen Pappoe. The 5-star college football prospect has given his verbal to Auburn.

Pappoe, who was actually offered a scholarship by Auburn when he was in the eighth grade, is ranked as the No. 9 overall college football prospect in the 247 composite rankings and the No. 2 overall recruit in Georgia.

Inside linebacker Nokobe Dean of Horn Lake in Mississippi is also considered a 5-star prospect. He has 21 college scholarship offers and is currently ranked as the No. 20 overall prospect in the Class of 2019.

Top Linebackers Class of 2019

No. 1 Owen Pappoe, OLB – Grayson (Georgia) – Auburn

No. 2 Nakobe Dean, ILB – Horn Lake (Mississippi) – Uncommitted

No. 3 Brandon Smith, ILB – Louisa County (Virginia) – Penn State

No. 4 Henry To’oto’o, OLB – De La Salle (California) – Uncommitted

No. 5 Mase Funa, OLB – Mater Dei (California) – Oregon

No. 6 De’Gabriel Floyd, OLB – Westlake (California) – Texas

No. 7 Diwun Black, ILB – Forest (Mississippi) – Mississippi

No. 8 Rian Davis, OLB – Wekiva (Florida) – Uncommitted

No. 9 Shane Lee, ILB – St. Frances (Maryland) – Alabama

No. 10 Maninoa Tufono, ILB – Punahou (Hawaii) – Uncommitted

No. 11 Marcel Brooks, OLB – Marcus (Texas) – LSU

No. 12 Donte Starks, ILB – John Ehret (Louisiana) – Uncommitted

No. 13 King Mwikuta, OLB – Troup County (Georgia) – Alabama

No. 14 Jaleel McRae, OLB – IMG Academy (Florida) – Florida State

No. 15 Cade Stover, OLB – Lexington (Ohio) – Ohio State

No. 16 Mohamoud Diabate, OLB – Auburn (Alabama) – Uncommitted

No. 17 Laiatu Latu, OLB – Jesuit (California) – Uncommitted

No. 18 Ge’mon Eaford, OLB – Deerfield Beach (Florida) – Uncommitted

No. 19 Osita Ekwonu, ILB – Providence Day (North Carolina) – Notre Dame

No. 20 Derick Hall, OLB – Gulfport (Mississippi) – Uncommitted

No. 21 Kane Patterson, OLB – C.P.A. (Tennessee) – Uncommitted

No. 22 Anthony Solomon, OLB – St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) – Miami (FL)

No. 23 Nick Henrick, ILB – Burke (Nebraska) – Uncommitted

No. 24 Shammond Cooper, ILB – Trinity Catholic (Missouri) – Uncommitted

No. 25 David Gbenda, ILB – Cinco Ranch (Texas) – Uncommitted

Top Linebackers Class of 2020

Justin Flowe, ILB – Upland (California) – Uncommitted

Sav’ell Smalls, OLB – Garfield (Washington) – Uncommitted

Antoine Sampah, ILB – Woodbridge (Virginia) – Uncommitted

Mekhail Sherman, OLB – St. John’s College (Washington, DC) – Uncommitted

Kalel Mullings, OLB – Milton Academy (Massachusetts) – Uncommitted

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