Sac-Joaquin Section Top 5 DLs

Last week on the FOX 40 Final Quarter high school football show, hosts Jim Crandell and Kristina Werner revealed a list of the top five defensive linemen this season in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section, according to


Here is what that countdown revealed:

1. Chase Hatada (Rocklin) 6-3, 255, Sr.
Earned all-state underclass honors last year and committed to Boise State.

2. D.J. Johnson (Burbank, Sacramento) 6-5, 220, Jr.
One of state’s best juniors at his position and already with an offer from UCLA.

3. Phillip White Jr. (Bradshaw Christian, Sacramento) 6-4, 225, Sr.
He had 19 sacks last season and also can catch passes on offense.

4. Tevita Esau (Bear Creek, Stockton) 6-3, 305, Sr.
MVP lineman of the SJAA last season.

5. Lau Ta’amu (Elk Grove) 6-0, 265, Sr.
Gets clutch sacks and among team leaders on both sides of ball.

Watch this week’s show Friday at 11 p.m. for all the local highlights, led by State Top 25 teams Elk Grove and Grant in a showdown, plus the next Top 5 from, which will be a list of the top five linebackers in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section. The show will include highlights from all of the biggest games in the region. Thanks to Jim and the FOX 40 team for once again letting Cal-Hi Sports be part of this year’s show.

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