High-SchoolCalifornia: ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports All-State Team Defense

All-State Football First Team Defense

January, 25, 2012
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Vista Murrieta, Su'a CravensMark Tennis/ESPNHSSu'a Cravens, the State Junior of the Year, celebrates for Vista Murrieta after team won CIF Southern Section Inland Division title.
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State Junior of the Year Su’a Cravens and De La Salle’s Michael Barton, leader of the best defense to play in a CIF state bowl game, top this group of players.

Note: This is the fourth release of several highlighting the 33rd annual edition of the ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football Team. Previous releases focused on small schools, medium schools and underclass.

Here is a closer look at the 12 players chosen first team defense:

DL Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia) 6-5, 295, Sr.
The State Medium Schools Player of the Year had 21 sacks the last two seasons for the Wildcats in helping the team win back-to-back CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championships. McCarthy had more than 100 tackles in those seasons combined and was a USA Today first-team All-American. He committed to Cal during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, then de-committed and has since announced for UCLA.

DL Aziz Shittu (Buhach Colony, Atwater) 6-4, 255, Sr.
Named the Merced-Sun Star Defensive Player of the Year, he helped lead the Thunder to a second straight Central California Conference title before their undefeated season came to an end in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II semifinals to eventual champion Vacaville. On the year, Shittu had 89 tackles and eight sacks and played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He has yet to decide on a college but has said his final four consist of Stanford, Cal, USC and UCLA.

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