West Hot 100

It was as close a race as you could get, but in the end the top player in California beat out the top player in the rest of the west. Luthur Brown, a 6-2, 230-pound linebacker from Lakewood, California is's vote for the number-one player on the west coast, by a nose over running back prospect Jonathan Stewart from Lacey (Wash.) Timberline.

The list, compiled by Andrew Friedman and Chris Fetters, brings together the best players from California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Utah.

As expected, nearly three-quarters of the prospects on the list are from the great state of California, the recruiting hotbed of the west. West Hot 100

The top-ten is a who's-who of bona-fide, blue-chip talent, led by Brown, considered by to be the number-one linebacker in the country. Luthur is just a heat-seeking missle from his linebacking position, combining great size with quickness to the hole.

Stewart was not far behind, named earlier as's number-one running back nationally. Jonathan is a ballcarrier that possesses incredible balance, size and legitimate 4.5 speed.

Our favorite receiver, Long Beach Poly's DeSean Jackson, comes in at number 3, followed by Mission Viejo's Mark Sanchez - the West's top QB - and Sacramento (Calif.) Grant's Syd'Quan Thompson - the West's top lock-down corner - to round out the top-5.

North Hollywood, California's Marlon Lucky is our pick for the second-best RB prospect in the west and number-six overall. Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman LB Ryan Reynolds is considered an elite linebacking prospect, with scholarship offers from schools the likes of Oklahoma, Miami and LSU. His credentials are impeccable.

Now it's time to get to the big uglies. Mission Viejo's Kevin Bemoll and Rancho Cucamonga's Averell Spicer are our picks for the West's top offensive and defensive linemen, respectively.

At number 10 we have the only prospect of this top group to have already picked a school. Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds QB Kyle Reed has decided to stay at home and play his college ball at California, solidifying Golden Bear Head Coach Jeff Tedford's reputation for bringing in top quarterbacking talent year after year.

Players on the rise include Bellevue, Washington linebacking prospect E.J. Savannah, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez DE Michael Shelton, Wailuka (Hawaii) Baldwin LB Kaluka Maiava, Gig Harbor, Washington OL Kenny Alfred, Draper (Utah) Juan Diego WR Marquis Wilson, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw CB Gardner McKay II, Lakewood (Wash.) Clover Park QB Tavita Pritchard and Bakersfield (Calif.) West WR Brandon Smith.

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