Top 2025 LB Prospect Madden Faraimo Draws Nationwide Attention for College Football Future

Versatile High School Defender Garnering Scholarship Offers from Top Programs

Madden Faraimo, a promising 2025 linebacker prospect, is quickly becoming a highly sought-after player in the world of high school football. Despite having two more years of high school ahead of him, Faraimo’s exceptional talent and skills have garnered attention from college recruiters all along the West Coast and beyond.

Transferring from Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego to San Juan Capistrano Junipero Serra Catholic High School, Faraimo now competes in one of the most competitive leagues in the United States. This transition to a more challenging environment is expected to contribute significantly to his growth as a versatile defender.

During USC’s season-opening win against San Jose State, Faraimo watched the game closely from home. The USC defense received mixed reviews, with some fans expressing dissatisfaction with the defensive strategy employed. Faraimo, in an interview with, shared his observations about the game. He noted that while San Jose State managed to gain nearly 400 yards of total offense, USC’s frequent substitutions allowed for adjustments and learning opportunities.

“I just think that they were a little new last year. People were just bashing, giving coach Grinch all this crap, but they’re getting flipped around. I’m excited, I have high hopes for SC.”

– Madden Faraimo per 247Sports

Originally a safety, Faraimo has successfully transitioned into a linebacker role, showcasing his range in coverage and assertive on-field presence. Ranked as the third-best player in California and 54th nationally for the class of 2025 by 247Sports, Faraimo’s potential has not gone unnoticed. In his interview, he mentioned interacting most with Defensive Coordinator Alex Grinch and Coach Brian Odom. USC is pursuing Faraimo as a middle linebacker, though a visit is not yet planned.

Beyond USC, Faraimo has received scholarship offers from an impressive array of programs, including Alabama, Miami, Notre Dame, Oregon, Ohio State, Penn State, Washington, Utah, Tennessee, and UCLA, among others. With 17 scholarship offers in hand, Faraimo’s recruitment is generating significant interest.

Looking ahead, a potential showdown between UCLA and USC could determine Faraimo’s future. Notably, his brother, Matthew, had a successful volleyball career at USC, while his sister, Megan, is a standout softball player at UCLA. Megan’s achievements include being a four-time All-Pac-12 member, a two-time First Team All-American, and setting records for wins, shutouts, and perfect games.

As Faraimo’s high school journey unfolds, college football enthusiasts and recruiters alike are eagerly watching his progress, anticipating the impact he will bring to the field at the collegiate level.

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