Preseason West 2009 Rankings: RBs

While it's not a great year for running backs in the West, there are still a couple of top ball-carriers in the region and a handful that UCLA has either offered or will be watching closely this fall...

While the running back stable isn't as deep as the class of 2008 or what it will be in 2010, this class still has some good, solid talent across the board, led by Wood and Gaffney. 

1. Cierre Wood, Oxnard (Calif.) Santa Clara- Notre Dame
Has done it all for the Saints, running the ball, catching the ball, returning kicks and even punting, and made this basketball school a force on the gridiron.

2. Adam Timo, St. George (Utah) Snow Canyon- BYU
Also an excellent trackster, Timo committed to the homestate Cougars as a sophomore and will give them a boost in the backfield.

3. Dasarte Yarnway, San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart Cathedral
Runs with power and has good hands out of the backfield.  Is the top prospect in the Bay Area.

4. Daniel Jenkins, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
Plays much bigger than his size and has good quickness and instincts.

5. Dalton Hilliard, Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou
Often overshadowed by his backfield mate, Manti Te'o, Hilliard is the top skill prospect from Hawaii.

6. Malcolm Johnson, Gresham (Ore.) Sam Barlow- Boise State
Johnson is the top offensive skill player in the Beaver State, and has good vision and balance.

7. Cameron Marshall, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian
Speedy and powerful, Marshall will battle his WCAL rivals Yarnway and Amanam for top running back honors in the region.

8. Isi Sofele, Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood
Doesn't have ideal size, but wows you with his speed and quickness downfield.

9. Kylan Butler, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle- Arizona
The best player on the best team in the West, Butler is hoping for a second straight state title before leaving for Tucson.

10. Ryan Zirbel, Saugus (Calif.)
Pound for pound, is arguably the toughest runner in the region.

11. Chris Brown, Newbury Park (Calif.)- Utah
Had a big year on the ground for a school that's made it's name passing the ball.

12. Melvin Richardson, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Hard to be underrated while playing at Poly, but Richardson may be the best running back no one is talking about.

13. Marcus Darden, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Speedy ballcarrier has done a great job taking over for Brandon Johnson.

14. Ben Bowen, Visalia (Calif.) Mt. Whitney
Wowed folks with the top 40 time at the Los Angeles UnderArmour/ Combine.

15. Bradley Randle, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta
The son of former MLB player Lenny Randle, Randle is one of the sleeper prospects to watch from the Inland Empire.

Top Fullbacks

1. Tyler Gaffney, San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic
The top running back in San Diego County, Gaffney could be an every-down back in college.

2. Jayson Allmond, Bloomington (Calif.)
Also plays linebacker but his future will likely be opening up holes for tailbacks while getting the occasional carry.

3. Maurice Coley, Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln
4. Cole Huntley, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley
5. Steven Warner, Kent (Wash.) Kentwood

The Next 15 (in alphabetical order):
Akil Sharp, Las Vegas (Nev.) Sierra Vista
Anthony Heimuli, Orem (Utah) Mountain View
Arby Fields, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos
Arthur Burns, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Davion Fleming, Upland (Calif.)
Demareya Nelson, Stockton (Calif.) Chavez
Jontell Reedom, Tulare (Calif.) Tulare Union
Levi T'eo, Provo (Utah) Timpview
Marquise Cooper, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Peni Maka'afi, Layton (Utah) Northridge
Reggie Bullock, Las Vegas (Nev.) Western
Ronnie Hillman, La Habra (Calif.)- San Diego State
Ross Bacon, Valencia (Calif.) West Ranch
Stefphon Jefferson, Visalia (Calif.) El Diamante
Stephon Mathis, Merced (Calif.)

Other Running Backs to Watch (in alphabetical order):
Alex Ferguson, Kent (Wash.) Kentridge
Chaz Thomas, Las Vegas (Nev.) Palo Verde
CheRod Simpson, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd
Cyril Ontai, Kapolei (Hawaii)
Craig Loper, Eugene (Ore.) Willamette
Dash Oliver, Castro Valley (Calif.)
Demarcus White, San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley
Greg Portis, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
Jeremiah McKibbins, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Jon Lister, Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
Kevin Lane, Carson (Calif.)
Lavaughn Jackson, Layton (Utah)
Marcus McDaniel, Sacramento (Calif.) Christian Brothers
Nick Ricciardulli, Poway (Calif.)
Quincy Bagsby, Henderson (Nev.) Green Valley
Sam McCowan, Oxnard (Calif.)
Taylor Cox, Mill Creek (Wash.) Jefferson
TeRhon O'Neal, North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake
Travon Van, La Mesa (Calif.) Helix

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