Our second installment of rankings might be the deepest position in the entire state. There are 20-25 kids that have division-one or 1AA tools. I believe the first four players have clearly separated themselves from the rest of the pack at this point. Arguments could be made for 15 or so different players to be included in the top 10. Making it even tougher is the very strong junior class. Jamal Miles, Shane McCullen, Mike Brown, Beau Burton and company will be a joy to watch over the next two seasons.
Here are 24-7Football.com's preseason top 10 RBs in the state of Arizona. Again they are not set in stone and will change a few times throughout the season.
1. Covaughn Deboskie- Hamilton- 5-11 187- Accounted for over 1,700 yards and 24 TDs as a junior. Is being recruited by schools from all over the country and is one of the hottest prospects on the west coast. He can do it all, he can run inside and out, has game breaking speed, can catch out of the backfield and block. He is a great student as well which makes him even more attractive as a player.
2. Ray Polk- Brophy- 6-0 200- Is it possible to improve on 1,400 yards and 21 TDs? Scary thought as Polk was not even the starter the entire season and didn't play the position prior to being thrust into the spotlight.
3. Jamal Womble- Buena- 6-0 215- Tough runner who is equally effective inside and out. A bit of squatty runner which gives him a low center of gravity and thus great balance. Has Arizona ever had three RBs as highly recruited as Covaughn, Ray and Jamal?
4. Jovan Stevenson- Sunnyside- 5-11 190- Stevenson could be the gem of the class. Another great student and very productive on the field. Is it possible to rush for nearly 1,900 yards and be a sleeper prospect?
5. Harrison Evens- Marcos de Niza- 5-10 180- Showed his versatility after rushing for over 1,200 yards and catching 37 balls out of the backfield. I believe it is only a mtter of time until he starts getting offers.
6. Brian Conley- Westview- 5-9 175- A little on the small side but was very productive in a tough conference. Averaged over 11 yards per carry!
7. Jamal Miles
8. Jeff Hughes- Centennial- 5-11 195- A two
way star that was one of the state's top CBs and found time to pitch in 26
TDs. 9. Dan Moore -
Marana Mt View- 5-11 215- How does someone this big and 4.5 speed only get 88
carries? Was productive on his touches, rushing for nearly 700 yards and 10 TDs.
Workhorse runner that is tough to bring down.
9. Dan Moore - Marana Mt View- 5-11 215- How does someone this big and 4.5 speed only get 88 carries? Was productive on his touches, rushing for nearly 700 yards and 10 TDs. Workhorse runner that is tough to bring down.
10. Keelan Johnson- Mesa- 6-1 185- Big back with good speed. Is he the state's best kept secret?
Johnson- This kid could sore up the charts quickly.
2. Deveron Carr- 6-0 180- Chaparral- Averaged 10 yards per carry in two games at Chavez. Ran a smoking 4.36 forty at the Scout.com combine in LA.
3. Reggie Nicholson- 5-9 180- Westview- The Knights pound the heck out of the ball and traditionally use two backs. Nicholson will benefit from teams trying to key on Conley.
David Alexander- Buena- 5-9 190
Larry Anderson- Florence- 5-8 155
Kaylin Ashley (JR)- Camelback- 5-10 170
Harnish Ayora- Casa Grande- 5-11 190
Damien Baca- Camp Verde- 5-11 180
Jeron Beaton- Westwood- 5-8 175
Shad Bride (JR)- St. John's- 5-10 180
Tarell Brock- Desert Edge- 5-7 155
Mike Brown (JR)- Cactus- 5-10 180
Jordan Burmeister- Arizona Luthern Academy
D'Juan- Ironwood Ridge- 5-10 180
Jeremiah Cornist (JR)- La Joya- 5-8 145
Byron Davis- Monumnet Valley- 5-10 175
Layton Dickerson- Mingus- 5-10 170
Patrick Foley (JR)- Notre Dame- 5-11 165
Richard Garcia- Shadow Mountain- 6-0 190
Giorgio Giurdanella- Mt Ridge- 5-8 155
Brandon Hall- Cibola- 5-10 160
JR Hamm- Corona del Sol- 5-7 180
Ernesto Hernandez- Antelope- 5-7 150
Kadeem Holman- Dobson- 5-9 185
Travis Huff- Coronado- 5-7 150
John Hughes (JR)- Centennial- 5-6 160
Brad Jackson- Coolidge- 6-0 205
Steven Jackson- Chandler- 5-10 180
Jaron Johnson- Chavez- 5-10 190
Chris Jones- Desert Vista- 5-11 195
Ray Jones (JR)- Maryvale- 5-7 195
Johnny Ray Kennedy (JR)- Chino Valley- 5-7 180
Mike Liggins- Camelback- 5-8 185
Shane McCullen (JR)- Apache Junction- 6-0 190
Tyrese McGruder- Glendale- 5-8 152
Brent Michaels- (JR)- Havasu- 6-0 190
Chris Miller- Salpointe- 5-8 175
CJ Morgan- Goldwater- 5-9 230
James Morrison- St Marys- 5-11 200
Malcolm Oliver- Millennium- 5-8
Ben Ochoa- Westwood- 6-0 185
Isaiah Parker- Alchesay- 5-9 180
Devin Peterson- Snowflake- 5-11 185
Matt Peterson- Chaparral- 6-0 190
Tyler Rajec- O' Connor- 5-10 170
James Rana- Desert Mountain- 5-4 135
Jeff Rhone- Alhambra- 5-9 165
Alyc Rideout (JR)-
Troy Roffi- Valley Christian- 6-1 190
Mario Romero- Ray- 5-8 150
Ezra Sanchez- Peoria- 5-8 165
Kyle Schmella- Corona del Sol- 5-10 180
BJ Scott (JR)-
Luckas Scott- Mesquite- 5-8 190
Ben Smith- Mt. Pointe- 5-8
Ricky Soloman- Sahuaro- 5-8 160
Bobby Thomas- Goldwater- 5-9 185
Aaron Thomas- Goldwater- 5-11 174
AJ Willis- Desert View- 6-0 200
Michael Yellowhorse (JR)- Valley- 6-0 180