Above: South Hills’ Damon Kuklinski getting ready to make a tackle.
In no particular order, these are the area’s top muscle men. Obviously, this is a tough group to pick. There are so many more names that we could have included, but this isn’t a bad list to start with. By the way, this list isn’t broken down into top linebackers, lineman, etc, just top defensive front guys.
Dominique Austin, Bishop Amat - Could be best of the best. Listed at 6-5, 250 pounds, the Lancers standout is leaning toward Arizona and San Diego State.
Damon Kuklinski, South Hills - He’s out with an injury, but he was the Huskies’ leading tackler when he went down.
Spencer Stueve, Diamond Ranch – The senior is averaging 10 tackles per game on one of the area’s best defenses.
Chris Kovar, Glendora - All conversations about the Tartans’ talented D-Line starts and ends with Kovar, a returning All-Sierra League selection.
Nick Padilla, Charter Oak - Coming off his best game, a three-sack performance in a 50-6 win over Wilson.
Marc Felix, Los Altos - Ray Rodriguez and Josh Contreas should be on this list too, but both are out with season-ending injuries. In any case, Felix is having another great season.
Bronze Withem, San Dimas – The 5-foot-11, 200 pound senior is averaging 11 tackles per game and has 69, including 39 solo on the season.
Kebin Umodo, South Hills – The returning All-CIF Southwest Division first-team selection is having another fine year for the Huskies. In fact, the Huskies are loaded with guys on the D-Line.
Andrew Rodriguez, Northview – The Vikings need more tough guys like Rodriguez if they hope to stop San Dimas next week.
John Rabe, Damien -- The Spartans standout is having a great season despite his teams struggles. At 6-5, 260 pounds, should make a great addition at Oregon.