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.
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.
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.
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
1. Zach Fogerson, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea- Washington
Punishing blocker who can run just as well as he can open up holes.
3. Carl Bradford, Norco (Calif.)
Bradford is a big reason for Deantre Lewis' success in the Norco backfield
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.
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.
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.
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
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.)