Like Lorenzo Booker and Marc Tyler before him, Darrell Scott, the 6-1, 205-pounder from St. Bonaventure HS in Ventura, Calif., finds himself representing Ventura County as the premier ball-carrier in the region. In fact, in the first edition of the Scout.com West 100 Rankings, Scott is the top player on the board.
Holding offers from nearly every powerhouse program in the country, Scott is a powerful runner who boasts excellent vision and cutback ability and thanks to an excellent Seraph offensive line, could be on target to erase Booker's numerous school and county records.
Anaheim (Calif.) Servite had a star a year ago in Chris Galippo, the top linebacker in the class of 2007 and now the Friars have two prospects in this class who rank in the top five in the region.
Matt Kalil, a USC commit at 6-9, 280-pounds, may be the best offensive tackle in the country and receiver D.J. Shoemate, who committed to the Trojans as a sophomore, could be the most versatile player in the region, though receiver is his likely destination.
On the defensive line, the Northwest has the star power with Ethan Johnson from Portland (Ore.) Lincoln and Kavario Middleton from Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes each top five prospects. Johnson is one of the best players to come out of Oregon in years and Middleton is a bonafide elite prospect at either defensive end or tight end. Washington also has another stellar DE/TE in Everette Thompson from Kennedy HS in Burien.
It's shaping up to be a strong year in Utah, with the Beehive State the home to stud MLB Lynn Katoa from Cottonwood HS in Salt Lake City, tight end Austin Holt from Bingham HS in South Jordan and running back Sausan Shakerin from Alta.
Notre Dame HS from Sherman Oaks could very well begin the 2007 season as the top-ranked team in the West, which is no surprise, considering the wealth of talent that starts with quarterback Dayne Crist and linebacker Anthony McDonald, both commits to the university of the same name and Wes Horton, a defensive end who's committed to USC.
Rahim Moore, a safety from Dorsey HS in Los Angeles who committed to UCLA early in the spring, is the top defensive back in the West and he's joined in the top 10 by future rival Maurice Simmons, the top weakside linebacker in the region. Simmons, out of Dominguez HS in Compton, is a commit to USC.