This 11th and final installment in a series of profiles and preseason honors teams is for the CIF Southern Section. Look for at least some of our preseason state football rankings to start running tomorrow. Note: We are entering our 25th year of covering high school sports in California.

Southern Section

Preseason Honors Squad


WR -- Derrick Jones (Poly, Long Beach) 5-11, 170, Sr.

Caught 39 passes for 1,474 yards last season. It you're not a math major, that's a phenomenal 37.8 yards per catch.

WR -- Damon Morton (J.W. North, Riverside) 5-11, 175, Sr.

Two-year All-Riverside County pick had 61 receptions as a junior.

TE -- Dale Thompson (Santiago, Corona) 6-4, 250, Sr.

The only TE in the West rated higher is a kid from Arizona.

OL -- Brandon Nicolas (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-5, 260, Sr.

He played great in win vs. LB Poly and looked solid in CIFSS final vs. Los Alamitos.

OL -- Leo Talavou (Fountain Valley) 6-4, 300, Sr.

If the Barons do much this year, it'll probably be behind Leo's massive girth.

OL -- Brian Abraham (Rancho Cucamonga) 6-6, 260, Sr.

Excellent showings in spring and summer have elevated his stock.

OL -- Chilo Rachal (Dominguez, Compton) 6-6, 310, Sr.

Just missed making the Student Sports national Hot 100 list.

OL -- Jacob Hucko (Cerritos) 6-8, 265, Sr.

There's a lot of funny rhyming things we could write about Hucko, but they aren't appropriate for younger audiences.

QB -- Sean Norton (Hart, Newhall) 6-1, 175, Sr.

Let the debate continue. Since this is a list based primarily on high school accomplishment over college recruiting potential (at least for the skill players), we go with Norton and his 4,000 yards from last season over EA SPORTS Elite 11 invitees Brian Hildebrand (Corona) and Nate Longshore (Canyon). Those two would be higher if this list was based on the evaluation of college scouts and college coaches.

RB -- Terrell Jackson (Centennial, Corona) 5-9, 185, Sr.

Who is the No. 1 back in the section? It's no debate, but picking somebody to go with Terrell is a different matter.

RB -- Jamal Floyd (Claremont) 5-11, 185, Sr.

The offers, that great pro-style body and solid numbers (1,400 yds) gives Jamal a slight nod for that No. 2 spot to start off 2003 over anybody else in the section.

PK -- Doug McAuley (Foothill, Tustin) 5-10, 170, Sr.

All-Orange County pick probably won't get as many FG and PAT chances this year due to team's graduation losses on offense.


DL -- Lawrence Miles (La Quinta) 6-3, 270, Sr.

Picked up a lot of honors at the end of last season and heavily recruited.

DL -- Brigham Harwell (Los Altos, Hacienda Heights) 6-1, 245, Sr.

The Sack Master should be all-time career state leader by the time he's trhough after getting 22 as a sophomore and 25 more as a junior.

DL -- Shannon Tevaga (La Mirada) 6-2, 290, Sr.

He stood out as a sophomore at the USC Nike Camp and has continued to develop toward the All-America level.

LB -- Eugene Germany (Pomona) 6-3, 245, Sr.

Outstanding in the middle of any defense, Eugene looks ticketed for the defensive line at the next level.

LB -- Marlin Simmons (Poly, Long Beach) 6-0, 205, Sr.

He was pretty impressive as a soph starter two years ago and last year he still improved by leaps and bounds.

LB -- Ryan Phipps (Centennial, Corona) 6-0, 210, Sr.

He'll be as much of the man on defense for Centennial as Terrell Jackson is the man on offense.

LB -- Andrew Schantz (Canyon, Canyon Country) 6-2, 210, Sr.

Ranked among the top five at LB in the West according to StudentSports/TheSporting News High School Football annual.

DB -- Randy Estes (Los Alamitos) 6-1, 180, Sr.

He's got the speed of a cornerback and hits like a Mac truck when anyone dares to venture near him.

DB -- Terrail Lambert (St. Bonaventure, Ventura) 5-11, 175, Sr.

They've been raving about him at St. Bonnie since he was a freshman.

DB -- Bryan Payton (South Hills, Covina) 6-1, 185, Sr.

Came up huge as a junior with 11 interceptions and among region's top recruits.

DB -- Rodney Van (Poly, Long Beach) 6-0, 170, Sr.

Member of Poly's state title winning 4x400 relay team in track and can only keep getting better as a cover corner.


QB/ATH -- Rocky Hinds (St. Bernard, Playa del Rey) 6-4, 210, Sr.

He's the state's best athlete playing quarterback who is being recruited by colleges to be a quarterback. Passed for 1,642 yards and rushed for another 495 last season.

DE/TE -- Jimmy Miller (Westlake, Westlake Village) 6-5, 240, Sr.

As a pass rusher, Jimmy was among state leaders as a junior with 16 1/2 sacks. But it was his pass catching skills that drove the college coaches nuts. Committed to USC.

WR/DB -- Marty Tadman (Mission Viejo) 5-11, 175, Sr.

Great feet at multiple positions (QB, too) makes Tadman the key player to watch for the Diablos.

WR/DB -- Michael Bumpus (Culver City) 6-0, 175, Sr.

He started making a name for himself two years ago and was All-State Underclass last season.

QB/DB -- Dion Morton (J.W. North, Riverside) 5-11, 175, Sr.

He's already started at QB for 28 games for the Huskies and is a big-time DB recruit.

DB/ATH -- Jeremy Payton (South Hills, Covina) 6-1, 185, Sr.

Okay, maybe we do have soft spot for twins as both the Mortons and Paytons have made this list. Jeremy had eight picks last year and was second team All-State Underclass (brother Bryan was first team).

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