We took a look at the rich recruiting ground of California from an offensive perspective, but now let's focus on the defensive talent in the state. The 2010 class does not offer a blockbuster level of defensive talent.
The top player in the state resides on defense, as does No. 2 player in the state Tony Jefferson (Chula Vista, Calif./Eastlake). Although he's listed as an athlete, Jefferson likely will play defense in college as a safety. On the topic of safeties, the secondary talent in the state is solid. There are two ESPNU 150 safeties, including Sean Parker (Harbor City, Calif. / Narbonne), who is ranked fourth at the position. There is also a pair of 150 corners, including Under Armour All-American Joshua Shaw (Palmdale, Calif.). It is weak year for inside linebackers nationally and that is also reflected in the state: No prospect at that position ranks higher than three stars. Only two prospects represent the defensive line in the ESPNU 150, but behind that there is some solid depth in the trenches.
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