Jamar Sekona played his high school football at Marin Catholic; he is committed to playing for the USC Trojans this upcoming college football season. As a senior at Marin Catholic, Sekona, a defensive tackle, totaled nine sacks, 13 tackles for a loss, 17 quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. Sekona faced a lot of double and triple teams but still managed to remain dominant.
With Sekona leading the way, Marin Catholic had the best defense in school history. The Marin Catholic defense gave up 69 total points in 13 games. Sekona was the Defensive Player of the Year in Marin Catholic’s football conference. At 6’5 305, Sekona is ranked 45th at his position and 49th in the state of California according to rivals.com.
Sekona plays with tremendous power inside; he can push around offensive lineman and make plays in the backfield. Also, he takes up blockers, which allows his teammates to make plays. At his size, he is still able to play low and use leverage to overpower offensive lineman. To be as big as he is, Sekona plays with a high motor and plays hard every play. That is a necessary trait to have at the college football level.
On the college level, Sekona will need to develop some moves and techniques to rush the passer. In high school, he relied on his size and strength to push people around. In college, the offensive linemen are bigger and stronger, so working on his technique is a must. Also, Sekona must improve on shedding blocks; shedding blocks is critical in stopping the inside run and becoming a dominant force.
Sekona will probably redshirt this upcoming season, but if he improves on his weaknesses quickly, he could be a crucial factor as a freshman. You can’t teach his size and power; look for him to dominate in the Pac-12 for years to come.