In one of the deepest years nationally for receivers in recent memory, the same holds true in California, with a talented crop of pass-catchers. Shoemate heads the list, and he's one of the top receivers in the country. Bateman and Jones are coming off excellent junior years and are both top 25 receivers. Rosario is one of the better "big" receivers in the region.
1. D.J. Shoemate, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite- USC
Shoemate missed almost his entire junior year, but there is a reason that Pete Carroll took a commitment from him as a sophomore. Physically, he's one of the most imposing receivers around.
2. Kemonte Bateman, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw- UCLA
The star of B2G the last two summers, Bateman is the top receiver in the City this year.
3. Marvin Jones, Etiwanda (Calif.)
Jones is the top skill prospect from the Inland Empire in this class, and he's coming off an all-state underclass junior season.
4. Nelson Rosario, Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino- UCLA
One of the elite jumpers in track nationally, Rosario missed the spring camp circuit because of track, but excelled in summer passing league.
5. Chris Polk, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley- USC
Polk does a little bit of everything for REV, running, catching and returning.
6. Jerry Johnson, Venice (Calif.)- UCLA
Johnson is at his best after the pass has been caught. Has good size and solid speed
7. Antwon Moutra, Culver City (Calif.)- UCLA
Moutra was one of the more prolific receivers in California in Culver City's vaunted passing attack, but we still feel safety could be his best position.
8. Chris Owusu, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian- Stanford
Will be the main target of the Lions offense, which may not skip a beat despite personnel losses. Owusu can also play defense.
9. Jarrett Sparks, Merced (Calif.)
The top playmaker in Central California, Sparks is also a very good basketball player.
The Next 5:
11. Kevan Walker, Arcadia (Calif.)- UCLA
12. Robbie Boyer, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
13. Chris Potter, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian- Boise State
14. Chris Little, Oakland (Calif.) Castlemont
15. A.J. Pickens, Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo
Other Receivers to Watch (in alphabetical order)
Alonso Agwuenu, Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala
Chris Abraham, Sepulveda (Calif.) Monroe
Christian Daniel, Anaheim (Calif.) Western
David Henderson, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian
Emmanuel Ojeriakhi, Bakersfield (Calif.)
Gerome Surrell, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's
Kevin Norrell, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Lamont Enyard, Oceanside (Calif.)
Mark Urbina, Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon
William Jenkins, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
Ayles may be the best tight end to come from California since Marcedes Lewis in 2002. Fauria is a huge target who had an excellent spring and summer, while Deehan is another outstanding receiving tight end. Miller and Harkey arevery good athletes and each can also play defense.
1. Blake Ayles, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran- USC
The most complete tight end in the state, Ayles is dangerous with the ball in his hand and he's also going to wreak havoc on defense.
2. Joseph Fauria, Encino (Calif.) Crespi- Notre Dame
Fauria is a big target who is an excellent blocker, but loves to have the ball thrown to him.
3. Ryan Deehan, Poway (Calif.)
An all-state underclass prospect as a junior, Deehan is one of San Diego's best prospects.
4. Cory Harkey, Chino Hills (Calif.)- UCLA
Athletics runs in his family: his dad is a longtime MLB pitcher and his brother plays D-I football. Harkey is also a mid-major basketball prospect.
5. Anthony Miller, San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty- Cal
Moves very well for his size. Miller has very good hands and good athleticism and loves to play physically.
6. Mychal Rivera, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham- Oregon
If Birmingham threw the ball more, Rivera would have better stats, but he's possibly the best blocking tight end in the state. When they do pass, Rivera is a great option.
7. Randi Vines, Oxnard (Calif.) Santa Clara
Made his mark opening holes for the state's sophomore of the year, Vines showed that he's a good receiver in his own right, and he's a pretty good defensive end.
8. Siaki Cravens, Temecula (Calif.) Temecula Valley- Utah
Cravens strength is his ability to play physically, and he could also end up playing receiver in college.
9. Raphael Washington, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Will spend most of his senior year blocking for the top running back in the country, but they'll utilize him in passing situations, especially in the red zone.
10. Sean Brown, Oakland (Calif.) Tech
Brown stood out at the San Francisco Scout.com Combine, and he could also play defensive end in college.
The Next 5:
11. Alex Young, Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic
12. Raymond Rodriguez, Hacienda Heights (Calif.) Los Altos
13. Casey Blum, Moorpark (Calif.)
14. Rafael Lopez, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham
15. Karl Winkelman, Los Gatos (Calif.)
Scott is the best running back in the nation, and the top player in the West, so he was an easy choice to head our list. Knox is the top running back in the City but McNeal will give him some competition. Bass is the best in the Inland Empire, Dailey and Eskridge lead the NorCal charge and Tate and Bland are tops in the central part of the state. Coleman is the top overall fullback, and the best ball-carrier in Orange County.
1. Darrell Scott, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
The reigning state player of the year, Scott will play his senior year for arguably the top team in the state, and behind an excellent offensive line.
2. Milton Knox, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham- UCLA
When its all said and done, Knox could own every major rushing record in L.A. City Section history.
3. Ryan Bass, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
All he's done is rush for almost 4,500 yards in the last two years. And reach the end zone 70 times.
4. Curtis McNeal, Venice (Calif.)- USC
One of the best "little" players in the country, McNeal can do it all, run, catch and return.
5. Terrance Dailey, Vacaville (Calif.)- Washington
An Ian Johnson clone, Dailey is the top rusher in NorCal and he's looking to lead the Bulldogs to back-to-back section titles.
6. John Tate, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
One of the top backs in Central California, Tate doesn't get the press that his defensive teammates do, but he's aiming for a big senior season.
7. DeLeon Eskridge, San Mateo (Calif.) Serra
Eskridge is another versatile threat who can play a number of positions, but running back is where his heart is.
8. Thaddeus Brown, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Brown and his Notre Dame teammates will have plenty of chances to prove they're one of the best teams in the state, and he's hoping to make a statement this fall.
9. Louis Bland, Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic
Bland is an elite wrestler, but he loves to grapple on the field, and he's one of the most underrated players in the state.
10. David Freeman, Inglewood (Calif.)
What he lacks in size, he makes up for with heart, and he's poised for a big season this year.
The Next 10 (in alphabetical order):
Andre Smith, Bakersfield (Calif.) East
Cedric Foster, Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North
Jack Sula, Carson (Calif.)
Jason Klingerman, Escondido (Calif.) Valley Center- Colorado State
Kenjon Barner, Riverside (Calif.) Notre Dame
Langston Jackson, Simi Valley (Calif.)
Lawrence Doss, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Marselius Williams, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant
Michael Harris, Chino Hills (Calif.)
Seta Pohahau, San Mateo (Calif.) Aragon- BYU
Wes Fletcher, Placentia (Calif.) Valencia
1. Derrick Coleman, Fullerton (Calif.) Troy- UCLA
Blocks like a fullback, runs like a tailback. Coleman is the best runner in Orange County.
2. Rob Andrews, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill
Andrews could play on either side of the ball, but we like him best at fullback.
3. Ina Liaina, Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa
Liaina is in the same boat as Andrews, a good linebacker who's probably best at fullback.
4. Kennith Jackson, San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty
Yet another two-way threat, Jackson's attention is coming as a fullback.
5. Casey Cotta, Los Banos (Calif.)
Cotta moved to tailback for his senior year, but he's at his best blocking defenders.