This looks like one of the deeper positions in
A few players such as Desert Ridge's Chris Heldore and Centennial's John Hughes were left off despite being all-region RBs because they will be listed with the WRs.
Remember, this is our first look at this year's RBs. The list will change several times throughout the year. The rankings are based on a mix of recruitability and past performances.
1.) Mike Brown- 5-10 180- Cactus- The state's most complete back. Can run inside or out and can catch out of the backfield. No offers as academics are rumored to be a concern but if he gets them in order, he will make someone happy.
2.) Jamal Miles- 5-10 170- Peoria- Following in the footsteps of
3.) Shane McCullen- 6-2 190- Apache Junction- Has rushed for over 3,500 yards the last two years and is sure to go over the 5,000 yard career mark as he will get at least 30 touches a game. Has committed to ASU as a safety.
4.) Brent Michaels- 6-0 225- Lake Havasu- Another player that will get plenty of carries. Set the single game all-time rushing mark last year with 470. Holds academy offers but some are wondering if he can play LB.
5.) Bryce Lamb- 6-1 200- Chandler- One of Arizona's best athletes. Does it all for
6.) Marcus Washington- 6-1 190- Desert
7.) Shad Bride- 5-11 195-
8.) Patrick Foley- 5-11 180- Notre Dame- A dual-threat back in the Saint's pass-happy offense, Foley has great speed and doubles as a sound DB.
9.) Jeremiah Cornist- 5-9 170- La Joya- This smaller back is as dangerous as anyone in the state with the ball in his hands. Averaged over 8 yards per carry and took for
10.) Beau Burton- 5-10 215- Saguaro- Averaged nearly 10 yards per carry for 4A1 state champs.
11.) Anthony Hughes (Jr)- 5-10 190- Centennial- My early pick for the top junior back in the state. Overshadowed by the offensive weapons the Coyotes had last year but still managed to average 13 yards per carry!
12.) Tyree Parker (Jr)- 5-10 195- Paradise Valley- Big back that gets a ton of carries in the Trojans Wing-T offense. Rushed for 1,200 yards last year and was a 1st team all-region pick.
13.) Andy Garcia- 5-11 175- Nogales- No one is talking about this kid in public forums but believe me, college recruiters are interested.
14.) Scotty Brown- 6-0 200- Sabino- Versatile back that is equally good in the run game as the pass game. Holds an offer from Army.
15.) Paul Dodson- 6-1 190- North Canyon- Fueled the Rattler's offense wit 1,200 yards rushing and caught 24 passes.
1.) Kaylin Ashley- 5-10 175- Coronado- Probably deserves to be in the above mentioned group but rumor has it he transferred to
Others to Watch
Jose Aguirre- Douglas- 5-9 155
Dante Alexander- Hamilton- 5-11 200
Sean Bannon (FB)- Salpointe- 5-11 180
Zach Bauman (Jr)-
Tommy Brown- Skyline- 6-1 190
Patrick Browne (Jr)- Tolleson- 5-10 180
Alvin Clark- Basha- 5-11 170
Evan Crockett (Jr)- Pima- 5-11 170
Jon Cummings (Jr)- Marana- 5-11 165
Giancarlo Dale- Shadow Mountain- 5-9 175
Steven Dennis- Catalina Foothills
Dewayne Garrett- Chaparral
Aaron Hardwick- South Mountain- 5-10 180
Spencer Hess (Soph)- Salome- 5-6 145
Jamil Hines- Chandler- 5-8 200
Vann Hunt- Apollo- 5-10 170
Chris Johnson- Amphi- 6-1 180
Johnny Kennedy- Chino Valley- 5-9 180
Anthony Kereluk (Jr)- Desert Vista- 5-10 185
Joey Lopez- Hayden
LA Massenburg- La Joya
Darrion Murphy (Jr)- Trevor Browne- 5-9 170
Sheldon Murphy- Wickenburg
Jonathan Oakie- Kingman- 5-9 170
Christian Ramirez- Salpointe- 5-11 175
Markes Reed- Tucson- 5-8 170
Eric Saenz- Tolleson- 5-9 170
B.J. Scott- Willow Canyon- 5-9 180
Anthony Stevens (Jr)- Cactus Shadows
Taylor Stib- Pinnacle- 6-0 190
Andrew Stutz- Notre Dame- 6-0 200
Aaron Sullivan- Mayer- 5-9 165
Ryan Taborn- Buckeye
Clay Thoreson- Thunderbird- 5-10 180
Edwin Traylor- Marcos- 5-10 190
Taylor Walstad (Jr)- Chandler- 6-0 195