California Juniors to Watch

The 2006 class has just been signed but it's never too early to start looking ahead to the Class of 2007. The Trojans got a verbal yesterday from LB Chris Galippo of Servite HS to get the class started and here is a list of some of the other top prospects in the state for next year.


No surprise with the name on top of the list here as Clausen has been well documented as a top priority for this class. Jimmy is expected to choose between USC and Notre Dame. He's not the only good QB in the area though as this is a nice year in state for QB prospects. Fouch's grandfather, John, played RB for the Trojans.

Jimmy Clausen, Oaks Christian
Aaron Corp, Orange Lutheran
Ronnie Fouch, Redlands East Valley
Samson Szakacsy, Camarillo
Chris Forcier, St Augustine


Tyler has already received an offer from the Trojans and, even with the UCLA ties of his father Wendell, the Trojans have a solid shot at this talented back. Carter was impressive in helping lead Crenshaw to the City title last year.

Marc Tyler, Oaks Christian
Raymond Carter, Crenshaw
Brandon Johnson, Dominguez
Aaron Harris, Baldwin Park
Charles Neal, Esperanza
J.J. DiLuigi, Canyon Country Canyon
Shane Vereen, Valencia
Ahmed Mokhtar, Mater Dei


Zion Babb is the son of former USC hurdler Lance Babb. Nellum from Poly also excels in track, he placed 2nd in the 200 at an international meet in Morrocco last summer.

Zion Babb, Alhambra
Austin Pettis, Orange Lutheran
Jeshua Anderson, Taft
Maxwell Lacy, Cathedral
Eugene Palmer, Diamond Ranch
Mike Gillette, Fairfax
Maxwell Lacy, Cathedral
Bryshawn Nellum, Long Beach Poly
Joseph Redding, LB Poly
Travionte Session, LB Poly
Ryan Maxwell, Santa Margarita
Chris Matthews, Dorsey
Anthony Boyles, Serra
Tony Minnifield, Steele Canyon
Marques Simas, Mira Mesa
Carter Todd, Merced


You can expect the Trojans to grab at least one tight end in this class and there are some good ones in the area. Chandler showed well at the USC camp last summer.

D.J. Holt, Encino Crespi
DaJohn Harris, Serra
Devin Mahina, Upland
Deon Edwards, Palmdale
Nate Chandler, Mira Mesa
Dallin Rogers, Union Mine


This will be the key recruiting area for the Class of 2007. DeMartinis and Carmichael make a nice pair at NDHS. Weems transferred last fall from Louisiana due to Hurricane Katrina.

Sam DeMartinis, Notre Dame
Charlie Carmichael, Notre Dame
Martin Coleman, Edison (Huntington Beach)
Brandon Kim, Beverly Hills
Freddie Coney, Fairfax
Emilio Rivera, Sylmar
Ricky Maefau, Valley View
Eli Maefau, Valley View
Derrion Weems, Taft
Pat Thompson, Charter Oak
Mitchell Schwartz, Palisades
A.J. Savaii, Taft
Fred Koloto, Palo Alto
Hayworth Hicks, Palmdale
Justin Cheatle, Bakersfield
Garth Gerhart, Norco


The Trojans were already the favorite for Kenny Rowe even before we signed his brother, Alfred. Celotto is the son of former Trojan Mario. Ayers put up an impressive 23 sacks last year.

Kenny Rowe, Long Beach Poly
Tonio Celotto, Royal
Akeem Ayers, Verbum Dei
Brian Price, Crenshaw
MacKey Mailo, Carson
Brian Lambert, Tustin
Eron Moses, Esperanza
Ken Borg, Los Alamitos
Duke Lemmons, Oaks Christian
Michael Ebbitt, Oaks Christian
Ryan McCants, Santiago
Tyrone Duncan, Westlake
Patrick Hill, Compton
Domonic Glover, Mission Viejo
Christian Tupou, Grant (Sacramento)


The Trojans have already received a verbal commit from Galippo and there are other good ones to choose from at this spot. Malcolm Smith is the brother of Steve and he is a very talented player in his own right. Casey Matthews is the son of Clay (and brother of WeAreSC staff writer Brian).

Christopher Galippo, Servite
Malcolm Smith, Taft
Robert Mullins, Dorsey
David Batts, Lynwood
Casey Matthews, Oaks Christian
Malachi Lewis, Rio Mesa
Joseph Easter, St John Bosco
Masi Tuitama, Pacifica (Oxnard)
John Tyndall, Pacific Grove
Kyle Hanna, Colton
Terrence Pritchett, Grant (Sacramento)
Jordan Campbell, Norco
Linden Fowler, Napa
Robert Williams, Otay Ranch


Warren is a tall corner who has started for three years at Poly. Jones is part of the "Big 3" at Oaks Christian, he's a hard hitting safety. A sleeper could be Ross, a very talented and lanky athlete.

Donovan Warren, Long Beach Poly
Marshall Jones, Oaks Christian
Aubrey Smith, West Hills Chaminade
Steve Stepter, Crenshaw
Courtney Viney, Edison (Fresno)
Lance Mitchell, Muir
David Ross, Dominguez
DeAndre Green, Narbonne
Eugene Palmer, Diamond Ranch
Terrance Dennis, Diamond Ranch (brother of Hershel)
Michael Johnson, Charter Oak
Aaron Harris, Baldwin Park
Will Chandler, Birmingham
David Coleman, Palmdale
Ayinde Vaughn, Cathedral
Larry Parker, St Augustine
Marvin Walker, Chino
Anthony Wright, Compton
Dominique Vinson, Edison (Huntington Beach)
Antwoine Baker, LA Jordan
David Potts, Monrovia
Javis Lewis, Tustin
Ryan Matthews, West (Bakersfield)
Johnny Field, Fresno
Todd Doxey, Hoover (San Diego)
Philip Thomas, Bakersfield
Michael Williams, St Bonaventure


The Trojans passed on a punter this year so it's a good possibility they will look to take one in this class. The good news is that there are several good ones in the state.

Brian Anger, Camarillo
Billy Bennett, Torrey Pines
Daniel Torres, Diamond Bar
Alex Alejo, Gridley

* The names here are not listed in any particular order or ranking. This is merely a look at some of the top names to watch for this class, we will begin breaking down the class more for evaluation purposes once the spring camps and combines begin. Top Stories