Defensive end Devon Moreland (6-3, 225, 4.6) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian from the class of 2011 is a very intriguing prospect. He has only played one year of high school football, yet he earned his League's Defense Player of the Year award and for good reason.
According to Salesian assistant coach Devah Thomas, his player racked up 90 tackles, 45 of them for loss and had 21 sacks. With stats like that no wonder he was selected League Defensive Player of the Year and remember that was his first year playing football. He also earned all-CIF and all-league
"Devon is a coach's dream," Thomas said. "He has a great upside. He's physical, big and fast.
"Last season was the first time in school history that Salesian ever went past the first round of the CIF playoffs," Thomas said. "We were a fumble away from going to the championship this season and Devon was one of the major reasons why.
"Devon sacked their quarterback early in the contest and ked him out of the game," Thomas said. "He is so strong.
"Devon is green as grass, so he does whatever a coach tells him," Thomas said. "He doesn't have any bad habits.
"Devon reminds people a little bit of UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers," Thomas said. "He may be a little bigger than Akeem at the same stage so he could end up bigger and stronger.
"Devon is also pretty fast," Thomas said. "He can really move. He's a raw talent. He plays downfield and never quits. Like I said, he's a coach's dream.
"Devon projects as a defensive end," Thomas said. "He's so tough, I mean you need a tough, physical guy down there in the trenches and he's all that and more. He's definitely a defensive end, all the way.
Both local schools UCLA and USC are already aware of Moreland. So are Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Fresno State, Utah State, New Mexico State, San Jose State, and he would like to hear from Alabama.