West All-Region Team
The one sure-fire slam-dunk choice was Kyle Wright at quarterback. The Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista had an incredible senior season, but stats don't come close to measuring how valuable he was to his team. Physically, Wright is off the charts, but he has all the intangibles as well. He's a great leader, has a strong work ethic and always seems to play his best in the big games.
Both running backs Reggie Bush out of La Mesa (Calif.) Helix and Chauncey Washington from South Torrance (Calif.) had to overcome injuries this past year, but still showed why they're two of the nation's best. Bush has incredible speed and is threat to score from anywhere on the field. Washington is a power back who combines the ability to run over or around would-be tacklers.
There was a ton of worthy candidates at the receiver position but Ventura's (Calif.) St. Bonaventure Whitney Lewis had a monster year running and catching the football. Lewis totaled over 1,000 yards receiving and rushing and had 42 total touchdowns to lead his team to a CIF Div IV title. Steve Smith out of Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft broke the state career receptions record in the L.A. City final and ended with a career total of 271. He also is the state's all-time career leader for yardage. This year's stats were not as impressive as last year, but a mid-season injury was the primary reason for that.
Mission Viejo's (Calif.) Drew Radovich leads the offensive linemen and he showed why we felt he was the best player at his position since back in the summer. Radovich is so athletic and can get down the field and make blocks against linebackers and safeties other linemen can't dream of doing. He still needs to add strength and size but he has all the tools to do big things at the college level.
On the defensive side of the ball, nobody's stock soared higher than Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw defensive tackle Brandon Mebane. Mebane plays with incredible intensity and his ability to get off the ball and his overall strength reminds us of former Washington Husky Larry Triplett.
A pair of USC commits, Drean Rucker from Moreno Valley (Calif.) Canyon Springs and Thomas Williams from Vacaville (Calif.) lead the linebackers. Both players are similar in that they have the size and speed to play any of the 'backer positions and both can hit like a truck.
In the secondary, this is definitely the year of the cornerback, but Vista's (Calif.) Leon Hall and Concord's (Calif.) De La Salle Damon Jenkins are a hair above the rest. Hall has excellent speed and is a very physical player. Jenkins plays the run as good as any cornerback we've seen and his size and quickness allows him to cover any receiver no matter how big they are.
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