West Coast Player Rankings: Offense

Here are the final recruit rankings for the 2007 class in the west, by position, on offense. UCLA has a small recruiting class in terms of numbers, but the prospects rank high in terms of their standing in the west, with quarterback Chris Forcier and tight end Nate Chandler leading the way...

Quarterbacks

The Class of 2007 has quite possibly the best 1-2 punch of California quarterbacks in some time. Everyone knows about Clausen but Corp had arguably the better season and was named the California Player of the Year after a remarkable 2006 season. Forcier and Lindley were the top signal-callers in America's Finest City and had a memorable dual in the San Diego Section playoffs. Szakacsy suffered an early season injury but battled back. Stangel, Fouch and the other Clausen represented the Inland Empire well. Murdaca was NorCal's best.

1. Jimmy Clausen, 6-3, 195, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian- Notre Dame
The top quarterback in the nation ended his prep career with a 43-0 record.

2. Aaron Corp, 6-4, 185, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran- USC
Showed his value in the playoffs. The best dual-threat QB in the nation and may end up as the best player from this class.

3. Chris Forcier, 6-3, 175, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine- UCLA
After slow start, caught fire at the end and led Saints to second straight San Diego title.

4. Chasen Stangel, 6-2, 185, San Jacinto (Calif.)- Arizona State
Prolific senior season deservedly put him in the Pac-10.

5. Ronnie Fouch, 6-2, 185, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley- Washington
Didn't duplicate his near-perfect junior year but had a fine senior campaign.

6. Ryan Lindley, 6-4, 205, Lakeside (Calif.) El Capitan- San Diego State
The Aztecs will love the hometown kids strong arm and moxie.

7. Samson Szakacsy, 6-5, 195, Camarillo (Calif.)- USC
Sidelined with an early season leg injury, Szakascy battled back to put Scorpions in CIF playoffs.

8. Dan Klein, 6-3, 190, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite- UCLA
Had offers to play quarterback from all over the West Coast but chose to sign a baseball scholarship with the Bruins, putting his football career at least two years on hold.

9. Pete Murdaca, 6-2, 190, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's
The top quarterback in Northern California, Murdaca is poised and polished.

10. Michael Clausen, 6-3, 200, Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North- UNLV
Didn't have the national spotlight like the other Clausen, but he too led his team to a perfect season.

The Next 10:

11. David Potts, 6-4, 190, Monrovia (Calif.)
12. Tim Lang, 6-0, 190, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant- Fresno State
13. Nick Anderson, 6-3, 200, El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge- Fresno State
14. Corbin Louks, 6-1, 175, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley- Utah
15. Kevin Jablonsky, 6-0, 185, Anaheim (Calif.) Esperanza- Air Force
16. Ryan Campbell, 6-1, 204, Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake
17. Shane Austin, 6-0, 165, Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa
18. Ben Longshore, 6-3, 195, Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon
19. Andrew Trudnowski, 6-2, 200, Palos Verdes Estates (Calif.)
20. Donnie McKillop, 6-0, 190, Poway (Calif.)

Running Backs

California running backs in the class of 2007 will be sprinkled throughout the Pac-10 in the next five years, with every school but Arizona State receiving a commitment from a Golden State ball-carrier. And the finest rushers in the state aren't just limited to the Pac-10, with the Big Ten, Big 12, Mountain West and WAC getting a piece of the pie. Tyler is one of the best power backs to ever play in California and he's one of the top six players in the nation, regardless of position. Carter had a fine career in the City and could see serious time as a freshman. Best was elusive both on and off the field, but Cal fans will love knowing he's theirs along with Vereen and fullback Tyndall. Tyrone Willingham came south to get a pair of Cali running backs. Mike Riley and Mike Belotti did too. Stanford gets another Inland Empire star and the Mountain West should see some fun battles with DiLuigi and Davis, both top 10 backs.

1. Marc Tyler, 6-0, 214, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Committed to: USC
One of the best high school players in SoCal history, Tyler is a sure-fire star at the collegiate level whatever side of the ball he ends up. Injury at end of the season was only downer in outstanding career.

2. Raymond Carter, 6-0, 190, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
Committed to: UCLA
Battled nagging injuries all year, but when he was on his game, showed why the Bruins think he can play as a true frosh.

3. Jahvid Best, 5-10, 185, Richmond (Calif.) Salesian
Committed to: California
One of the fastest players in the nation, Best avoided the media most of the year and tacklers almost all of it.

4. Shane Vereen, 6-0, 175, Valencia (Calif.)
Committed to: California
Didn't get a chance to duplicate his junior season because of team's inconsistencies. Still Vereen is as good a back in the state as any and several schools wanted him as a corner too.

5. Brandon Johnson, 5-11, 190, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Committed to: Washington
Major reason why Dons won two straight CIF titles, Johnson is not afraid to take on a tackler.

6. Ryan McCants, 6-2, 230, Corona (Calif.) Santiago
Committed to: Oregon State
Speaking of not afraid to take on tackler, only Tyler was a more powerful running back in the Southland than McCants, who also suffered a nasty leg injury.

7. Curtis Shaw, 5-11, 190, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln
Committed to: Washington
Shaw had another fine season and gives the Huskies another outstanding ball-carrier

8. Chike Amajoyi, 6-0, 210, San Bernardino (Calif.) Aquinas
Committed to: Stanford
The most intelligent running back in California, Amajoyi could team with Toby Gerhart to give the Cardinal an all-Inland Empire backfield.

9. J.J. DiLuigi, 5-9, 190, Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon
Committed to: BYU
The best player on the Division I state champions, DiLuigi shined in the playoffs.

10. James Davis, 5-9, 172, Monrovia (Calif.)
Committed to: Wyoming
Despite having to split duties in the backfield, Davis still passed 1,000 yards and now takes his skills to the Mountain West.

The Next 10:

11. Willie Griffin, 5-8, 190, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds- Washington
12. Avery Horn, 5-10, 180, Hanford (Calif.)- Michigan
13. Nicholas Grigsby, 5-11, 190, Whittier (Calif.) California- Arizona
14. Roy Helu, 6-0, 205, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley- Nebraska
15. Ryan Mathews, 6-0, 195, Bakersfield (Calif.) West- Fresno State
16. Troy Evans, 5-10, 185, Hayward (Calif.)
17. Brian Lockridge, 5-7.5, 175, Mission Viejo (Calif.)- Colorado
18. Doug Martin, 5-11, 195, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's- Boise State
19. Mark Rodgers, 5-9, 180, Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger
20. Lavelle Peterson, , 5-9, 200, La Canada (Calif.)

FULLBACKS

1. Josh Ferrel, 6-1, 245, San Clemente (Calif.)
Even with big frame, Ferrel glides like a tailback.

2. Charles Neal, 6-1, 210, Anaheim (Calif.) Esperanza
Committed to: Oregon
Ran for over 1,000 yards for three straight seasons.

3. John Tyndall, 6-3, 215, Pacific Grove (Calif.)
Committed to: California
One of the best two-way threats in the state, Tyndall should help pave the way for the vaunted Bears running game.

4. Ahmed Mokhtar, 6-0, 215, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Committed to: Oregon State
A workhorse for the Monarchs, Mokhtar and McCants will be an excellent 1-2 punch for the Beavers.

5. Joseph Easter, 6-2, 240, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Committed to: Washington State
May very well end up at linebacker in college, if not, will dish out the hits to backers from the backfield.

TIGHT ENDS:

A small, but steady crop of tight ends in the Golden State is led by Chandler, who is as good catching the ball as he is at blocking. Irby was a two-way star this past year while Ellison and Marinovich have the bloodlines to be solid prospects. Mahina may be even more dangerous on the defensive side of the ball while Brooks has probably the softest hands of any at this position.

1. Nate Chandler, 6-6, 225, San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa
Committed to: UCLA
The most complete tight end in the state, Chandler's excels in both blocking and receiving, and is the Bruins top commit at the position since eventual Mackey Award winner Marcedes Lewis .

2. Blaine Irby, 6-3, 235, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Committed to: Texas
Has excellent hands, speed and ability to make the catch and could even play linebacker in college.

3. Rhett Ellison, 6-5, 235, Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis
Committed to: Virginia Tech
The son of former USC and 49ers linebacker Riki Ellison heads to ACC country.

4. Devin Mahina, 6-6, 225, 4.7, Upland (Calif.)
Committed to: BYU
Mahina may be more valuable as a defensive end, but made strides this past season in first year as primary tight end.

5. Eric Brooks, 6-2, 240, Monrovia (Calif.)
What he lacks in size he makes up for with arguably the best hands of any tight end in the West.

The Next 5:

6. Mikhail Marinovich, 6-5.5, 225, San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) Junipero Serra
7. Dallin Rogers, 6-4, 210, El Dorado (Calif.) Union Mine- Utah
8. Alex Netter, 6-5, 250, Santa Rosa (Calif.) Cardinal Newman- Northwestern
9. Ryan Skidmore, 6-5, 225, East (Calif.) Bakersfield- Fresno State
10. Alexander Inda, 6-3, 245, Panorama City (Calif.) St. Genevieve

RECEIVERS:

Northern California was home to the state's best receiver prospect and three of the top six pass-catchers in the state are from the Bay Area, led by Carswell, who flew up the charts after showing playmaking abilities everywhere on the field. Boyles was the best receiver in SoCal and is as flashy as they come. Simas wasn't known for his flash, but may have been the steadiest and most clutch receiver in the state. Calvin and Lagemann will form a vaunted pass-catching combo for Jeff Tedford's Bears. Dunn is one of the fastest players in the nation. Pettis and Young are two huge steals for Chris Petersen's Broncos.

1. Brandon Carswell, 6-2.5, 207, Milpitas (Calif.)
Committed to: USC
No matter what position he played, Carswell made plays and carried his team. Focusing on receiver in college makes the sky the limit for him.

2. Anthony Boyles, 6-3, 195, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Committed to: Washington
Few receivers nationally enjoy matching up against cornerbacks like Boyles and few want the ball in their hands more.

3. Markques Simas, 6-2, 200, San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa
Committed to: Colorado
Steady as they come, Simas is one of the best receivers to come out of San Diego in a long time.

4. Mike Calvin, 6-2, 185, San Lorenzo (Calif.)
Committed to: California
Strong and tough, Calvin stays in the Bay Area to play for his childhood favorite Bears.

5. Reggie Dunn, 5-9, 175, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei
Dunn did it all for the Eagles this past season, playing six positions and leading team to the CIF title.

6. Alex Lagemann, 6-3, 206, Saratoga (Calif.)
Committed to: California
Excellent hands and solid speed, Cal fans will love his work ethic and desire to compete.

7. Zion Babb, 6-2, 180, Alhambra (Calif.)
Committed to: Michigan
Was one of the best and most productive receivers in SoCal this year.

8. Josh Smith, 6-2, 185, Moorpark (Calif.)
Committed to: Colorado
Stuck in a ground-oriented offense, Smith will enjoy the Buffs passing game.

9. Austin Pettis, 6-3, 180, Orange Lutheran (Calif.)
Committed to: Boise State
No receiver saw their stock rise like Pettis, who took his game to another level in the postseason and became Aaron Corp's favorite target.

10. Sean Wiser, 6-2, 180, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Committed to: Stanford
Speaking of favorite targets, Wiser was Jimmy Clausen's for years and he ended his prep career one of the most productive receivers in Southland history.

The Next 10:

11. Ryan Kessman, 6-0, 190, San Jacinto (Calif.)- BYU
12. Bryshon Nellum, 6-0, 175, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
13. Titus Young, 6-1, 170, Los Angeles (Calif.) University- Boise State
14. David Roberts, 6-1, 175, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)- Arizona
15. Jeshua Anderson, 6-2, 190, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft- Washington State
16. Russell Carr, 6-3, 192, Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo- UTEP
17. Mike Avila, 5-10, 165, Seaside (Calif.)
18. Vincent Brown, 6-0, 175, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)- San Diego State
19. Devon Wylie, 5-9, 170, Granite Bay (Calif.)- Fresno State
20. Carter Todd, 6-3, 180, Merced (Calif.)


Offensive Line

It's fitting that in a strong year for offensive lineman in the Golden State that the Golden Bears have put together one of the best line classes in the country, with five commits. They have at least one of the top two at each position and cleaned house at guard, getting three of the top four. Coleman and DeMartinis are the class of the lineman in SoCal this year with Summers-Gavin and Dever the top in NorCal and Cheadle being Central California's top-rated prospect.

OFFENSIVE TACKLES:

1. Martin Coleman, 6-6, 290, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison
Committed to: USC
Still learning the game of football but upside is off the charts.

2. Sam DeMartinis, 6-6, 270, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Committed to: California
One of the most decorated and polished lineman to come out of the Southland in years.

3. Darrion Weems, 6-5, 265, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Committed to: Oregon
Weems has been a big part of Taft's vaunted offense the past two seasons.

4. Taylor Dever, 6-6, 300, Grass Valley (Calif.) Nevada Union
Committed to: Notre Dame
Went from unknown to hotly pursued after strong senior year.

5. Tyler Mabry, 6-7, 299, San Diego (Calif.) Francis Parker- Stanford
Committed to: Stanford
The top offensive lineman in San Diego this past season.

The Next 5:
6. George Halamandaris, 6-7, 295, Moorpark (Calif.)- Stanford
7. Devan Cunningham, 6-6, 310, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant- Fresno State
8. Mike Marcisz, 6-6, 265, Livermore (Calif.) Granada- Arizona State
9. Zach Waller, 6-6, 275, Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin- Boise State
10. Skyler Fancher, 6-6, 290, Huntington Beach (Calif.)- Washington

OFFENSIVE GUARDS:

1. Matt Summers-Gavin, 6-4, 275, San Francisco (Calif.) St. Ignatius Prep
Committed to: California
Carried team on his back to their first WCAL title in 39 years.

2. Charlie Carmichael, 6-5, 295, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Committed to: Oregon
May be the most versatile lineman in this class.

3. Justin Cheadle, 6-5, 257, Bakersfield (Calif.)
Committed to: California
One of the most athletic lineman in the nation.

4. Mitchell Schwartz, 6-5, 303, Palisades (Calif.)
Committed to: California
No longer in brother's shadow, Schwartz made a name for himself with excellent senior year.

5. Mike Harris, 6-5, 300, Duarte (Calif.)
Committed to: UCLA
Could play tackle or guard at the next level.

The Next 5:
6. Adam Tello, 6-4, 290, Norco (Calif.)
7. Andrew Roxas, 6-6, 300, La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis- Washington State
8. Eric Sproal, 6-3, 300, Placentia (Calif.) El Dorado- Fresno State
9. Matt Bahr, 6-2, 275, Mission Viejo (Calif.)- Colorado
10. Hayworth Hicks, 6-4, 324, Palmdale (Calif.)

CENTERS:

1. Garth Gerhart, 6-2, 295, Norco (Calif.)
Committed to: Colorado
Was a major reason for older brother setting state career rushing record.

2. Todd Huber, 6-3, 273, Palos Verdes Estates (Calif.) Peninsula
Committed to: California
It was in Bay Area that he first made a name for himself and now he'll return there for college.

3. Cory Yriarte, 6-2, 285, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Committed to: Boise State
May end up at guard for the Broncos, but we think center's where he could excel.

4. Sean Enesi, 5-11, 287, Carson (Calif.)
5. Jory Mason, 6-2, 257, Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan


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