2010 West Rankings: RBs, QBs

A pair of five-star running backs, Anthony Barr and Malcolm Jones, head the list of top ball-carriers in the West in 2010...and UCLA's committed QB is near the top of the quarterbacks list...


This may be the best and deepest group of backs in the West in a long time, and the Golden State is the home to the top tailbacks while Washington boasts the top fullback. 

Top Running Backs

1. Anthony Barr, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
Big, powerful back in the same mold as Brandon Jacobs, Barr was a one-man show last year for the Cubs.

2. Malcolm Jones, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
If he wanted to focus on linebacker, he'd be an elite prospect there, but we think running back is where his future is, and he's been a star for three years.

3. D.J. Morgan, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft- USC
An elite hurdler, Morgan may be the best playmaker in the class of 2010 in the City Section.

4. Brennan Clay, San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch- Oklahoma
San Diego's best back can do it running the ball or catching it out of the backfield, becoming the first player in S.D. history to go over 1,000 yards rushing and receiving.

5. Jordon James, Corona (Calif.)
In just a half a season, had better yardage than most backs did in a full season, and now fully recovered from an injury to his arm, he's the Inland Empire's best back.

6. James McConico, Compton (Calif.)
Tough runner with great breakaway speed, has some of the best combination of vision, strength and speed of any SoCal back.

7. Deontae Cooper, Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill
Returns as the leading rusher in California.

8. Anthony Wilkerson, Tustin (Calif.)- Stanford
Powerful runner reminds many of former Tustin back DeShaun Foster.

9. Ricky Seale, Escondido (Calif.)
Finished second in San Diego in rushing but is the leading returner runner while also playing cornerback.

10. Melvin Davis, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne- Washington
The top powerback in the City Section.

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

12. Deantre Lewis, Norco (Calif.)- Arizona State
Another year at Norco, another stellar back for one of the best rushing teams in the state.

13. Taylor Walstad, Chandler (Ariz.)- Arizona State
The top back in Arizona, will team with Lewis to give the Sun Devils some great speedy backs.

14. Joshua Quezada, La Habra (Calif.)
Underrated back could have an even better year than his big junior season.

15. Adonis Smith, San Mateo (Calif.) Serra
The top ball-carrier in Northern California, carrying on the legacy of three Pac-10 signees from the WCAL from a year ago.

The Next 15 (in alphabetical order):
16. A.J. Moore, Murrieta Valley (Calif.)- BYU
17. Algernon Brown, Salt Lake City (Utah) Skyline- BYU
18. Mario Brown, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd  
19. Forrest Hightower, Concord (Calif.)  
20. Kyle Middlebrooks, Fountain Valley (Calif.)  
21. Adam Muema, Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak  
22. Dwayne Garrett, Scottsdale (Az.) Chaparral  
23. E.J. Schexnayder, Riverside (Calif.) North  
24. Stephen Nixon, Las Vegas (Nev.) Cimarron  
25. Larry Dixon, Silverdale (Wash.) Olympic  
26. Anthony Hughes, Peoria (Az.) Centennial  
27. Malcolm Marable, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany- Oregon State
28. Nehemie Kankolongo, Coquitlam (BC) Centennial- Wyoming
29. Dylan Chynoweth, Park City (Utah) Park City  
30. Tanner Hinds, Kaysville (Utah) Davis  

Other Running Backs to Watch (in alphabetical order):
Anthony Herrera, Santa Clara (Calif.) Wilcox  
Blayr Jimmerson, Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward  
Bobby Calvin, Chandler (Az.) Basha  
Bobby Way, Tucson (Az.) Salpointe  
Brett Kirschner, Bellevue (Wash.) Interlake  
Charles James, Surprise (Az.) Valley Vista  
Cory Westbrook, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly  
Damon Treat, Fairfield (Calif.) Vanden  
Darrin Spencer, Glendale (Az.) Ironwood  
Derek Stewart, San Jose (Calif.) Piedmont Hills  
Derrick Hawkins, Corona (Calif.) Santiago  
Devon Blackledge, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure  
Dionza Bradford, Phelan (Calif.) Serrano  
Domonique McGee, Gardena (Calif.) Serra  
Donald Hall, Gardena (Calif.)  
Exavier Edwards, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran  
Jimmy Hines, Vacaville (Calif.)  
Jon Maricic, Wildomar (Calif.) Elsinore  
Jonathan Diaz, Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral  
Jordan Allen, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei  
K.J. Cusack, Santa Maria (Calif.) St. Joseph  
Kenny Bassett, Beverly Hills (Calif.)  
Kenny Boggs, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame  
Leslie Rogers, San Diego (Calif.) Point Loma  
Malik Henderson, Bakersfield (Calif.) Stockdale  
Marquis Miller, Manteca (Calif.)  
Matt Kine, Granite Bay (Calif.)  
Max Leonesio, Phoenix (Az.) Brophy  
Myles Williams, Marana (Az.) Mt. View  
Paul Clark, Salt Lake City (Utah) Judge Memorial  
R.J. McGill, Phoenix (Az.) St. Mary's  
Ricky Galvin, Berkeley (Calif.)  
Sedale Foster, Riverside (Calif.) North  
Tyree Parker, Phoenix (Az.) Paradise Valley  
Zach Bauman, Chandler (Az.) Hamilton  


Top Fullbacks

1. Zach Fogerson, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea- Washington
Punishing blocker who can run just as well as he can open up holes.

2. Trajuan Briggs, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham- USC
The featured back for the Patriots, Briggs runs with power and can be used by the Trojans similar to Stanley Havili

3. Carl Bradford, Norco (Calif.)
Bradford is a big reason for Deantre Lewis' success in the Norco backfield

4. Patrone Wood, Concord (Calif.) Ygancio Valley
5. Bronson Green, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
6. David Tavita, Menifee (Calif.) Paloma Valley
7. Leonard Rhodes, Walnut (Calif.)



The class of 2010 may not be as deep as the 2009 crop, but there is still some serious talent, led by Heaps, the top-ranked quarterback in the country by Scout.com and Lloyd, the top dual-threat quarterback in the West. 

1. Jake Heaps, Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline- BYU
The nation's top-ranked quarterback, Heaps is polished, poised and a winner, having gone 28-0 as a varsity quarterback with two state titles.

2. Jesse Scroggins, Lakewood (Calif.)- USC
A great spring and summer has firmly entrenched him as the #2 quarterback in the West.  His strong arm will be on display for one of the more talented teams in the Southland.

3. Peter Thomas, El Cajon (Calif.) Valhalla- Arizona State
Big, strong-armed and heady leader, is the top quarterback in San Diego.

4. Brett Nottingham, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista- UCLA
Good pocket presence and polish, NorCal's top passer is also one of the smartest quarterbacks in the region.

5. Nick Montana, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian- Washington
Leads what may be the most talented team in California and has all the intangibles you want in a quarterback.

6. Tyler Bray, Kingsburg (Calif.)- San Diego State
Tall and lanky but has some serious zip on his passes as well as excellent footwork.  The top prospect in Central California.

7. Connor Halliday, Spokane (Wash.) Ferris- Washington State
Nearly knocked off Heaps a year ago in the playoffs, Halliday is the top quarterback in Eastern Washington and has a smooth, accurate delivery.

8. Sean Mannion, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill- Oregon State
The son of a coach, Mannion has good arm strength and accuracy and his best football days are still ahead of him.

9. Chase Rettig, San Clemente (Calif.)- Boston College
With his move from La Sierra to San Clemente, Rettig will get a chance to play on the big stage for a team always tough to play.

10. Nick Hirschman, Los Gatos (Calif.)- Colorado
From the same school as Buffalo Bills' quarterback Trent Edwards, Hirschman has the school records in sight and is shooting for a second straight section title.

Top 5 Dual Threat

1. Dallas Lloyd, Pleasant Grove (Utah)- Stanford
Can beat you on the run or with his arm and plays with a lot of fire, exactly what you want in a quarterback.

2. Bryan Bennett, Encino (Calif.) Crespi- Oregon
His big spring was capitalized with top quarterback honors at the Los Angeles UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine.

3. Brandon Connette, Corona (Calif.) Santiago- Duke
Ready to make the jump from good to great this year and with a new coach and system, with talent around him, the pieces are in place.

4. Grant Hedrick, Independence (Ore.) Central- Boise State
Oregon's top quarterback prospect is one of just a small number of recruits the always stout Broncos have gone after.

5. Greg Watson, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)
Outshined two Pac-10 quarterbacks as a junior to earn league MVP and CIF honors and led team to CIF-SS title.

The Next 10:
11. Kevin Spain, Phoenix (Az.) Paradise Valley
12. Andrew Manley, Wahiwa (Hawai'I) Leilehua
13. Tyler Shreve, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley
14. Chase Cartwright, Tempe (Az.) Corona del Sol
15. Garrett Grayson, Vancouver (Wash.) Heritage
16. Ryan Kasdorf, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
17. Alex Hart, Sandy (Utah) Jordan
18. Marcus McDade, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's
19. Josh Milhollin, Medford (Ore.) South Medford
20. Justin Podrabsky, Lewiston (Idaho) Lewiston

Other Quarterbacks to Watch (in alphabetical order):
Alex Cappellini , Phoenix (Az.) Pinnacle
Andrew Lachelt, Ontario (Calif.) Christian
Angel Santiago, Etiwanda (Calif.)
Andy Gay, Mill Creek (Wash.) Jackson
Bam Goodall, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Brandon Bialkowski, Gilbert (Az.) Gilbert
Brian Blechen, Moorpark (Calif.) Moorpark- Utah
Brody Rohach, Moorpark (Calif.) Moorpark
Chad Dashnaw, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne
Cody Fajardo, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
Colby Kirkegaard, Phoenix (Az.) Arcadia
Dain McFarland, Peoria (Az.) Centennial
Dallin McEwen, Mission Viejo (Calif.)
D'Angelo Barksdale, Chula Vista (Calif.) Eastlake
Demetrius Williams, Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum
Dominic Ragland, Fountain Valley (Calif.)
Dylan Swartz, Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic
J.T. Adams, El Centro (Calif.) Central
James Lee, Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian
Justin Sieczkowski, Chandler (Az.) Seton Catholic
Kent London, Milpitas (Calif.)
Kerr Taubler, Fresno (Calif.) Bullard
Kyle Yount, Chandler (Az.) Chandler
Lester Fontenette, San Diego (Calif.) Madison
Logan Meyer, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Marquel Carter, Culver City (Calif.)
Matt Viles, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison
Max Mondol, Oxnard (Calif.) Pacifica
Max Smith, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham
Mike Massey, Goodyear (Az.) Millennium
Mitch Glassman, Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral
Quinton McCown, Hilmar (Calif.)
R.J. Rosborough, Santa Barbara (Calif.)
Ryan Orozco, Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala
T.J. Jordan, Santa Maria (Calif.) Righetti
Te'Shon Burton, Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger
Tommy Bernal, Arroyo Grande (Calif.)
Tommy Stephens, Moraga (Calif.) Campolinda
Victor Perez, Chula Vista (Calif.)

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