Arizona's Preseason RB Rankings

Preseason rankings of the Grand Canyon State's top rushers

This looks like one of the deeper positions in Arizona this year. Currently eight players hold offers and there is certain to be more. The 2010 class has some quality backs listed as well.

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 Peoria's tradition of quality RBs. His speed makes him a threat to score whenever he touches the ball, evidenced by his 39 TDs last year. Holds offers from ASU and UofA.

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 Chandler and will be their main weapon again. Sports double-digit D1 offers with many schools recruiting him as a safety or athlete.

6.) Marcus Washington- 6-1 190- Desert Vista- Still highly recruited despite seeing limited touches last year and with his size and speed, it is no wonder why. Will get the chance to prove he deserves to be mentioned amongst the state's best this year now that he won't be fighting for touches with Luke Matthews, Allante Battle and Steven Figueroa. Must recover from leg injury that occurred during track season.

7.) Shad Bride- 5-11 195- St. John's- His productivity last year was unmatched by any returner. He rushed for 2100 yards, 40 TDs and averaged 11 yards per carry!

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 KOs in for scores. Has been offered by UofA.

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.

Riser

 

1.) Kaylin Ashley- 5-10 175- Coronado- Probably deserves to be in the above mentioned group but rumor has it he transferred to Coronado which has not been confirmed yet.

 

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)- Hamilton

Tommy Brown- Skyline- 6-1 190

Patrick Browne (Jr)- Tolleson- 5-10 180

Andrew Buckland- Valley Vista- 5-9 155

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

Maurice McInnis- Desert Edge- 5-10 190

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

Griffin Ronstadt- Canyon del Oro- 5-10 175

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


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