California's HOT 100 FB Recruits

It looks like a strong year for quarterbacks, running backs and receivers, but it's not quite there for linebackers and offensive linemen.

The state boasted several of the nation's leading college prospects at the quarterback position last season with a class that included Trent Edwards (Stanford), Ben Olson (BYU), Drew Olson (UCLA), Matt Gutierrez (Michigan), Marc Guillon (Miami), Jordan Christensen (Fresno State) and Matt Moore (UCLA).

This year, Danville Monte Vista's Kyle Wright has rocketed up the national charts with impressive showings at the Stanford Nike Camp and the Student Sports Elite 11 Quarterback Camp. He's now generally regarded as the nation's No. 1 college prospect at the position, but Wright doesn't have to look far to see someone perhaps just as promising. He's Sam Keller, one of Kyle's best friends, who goes to nearby San Ramon Valley High. Both Kyle and Sam train with former University of California head coach Roger Theder, who also has trained all of the quarterbacks at Miramonte High of Orinda (Ken Dorsey, Adam Smith, Guillon, etc.).

In addition to Wright and Keller, the San Francisco Bay Area also is home to two more of the nation's top 15 quarterbacks in Dennis Dixon (San Leandro) and T.C. Ostrander (Menlo-Atherton).

The rest of California isn't exactly chopped liver at the quarterback spot, either. Huntington Beach Edison's Tommy Grady is coming off a scintillating junior season in which he led the Chargers to the CIF Southern Section Div. I championship game and San Diego St. Augustine's Richard Kovalcheck has all the size, strength and passing attributes that major colleges love.

Here now is the complete CalHiSports.com Hot 100 Football Prospects List for the 2002 preseason:

Quarterbacks (9)

Dennis Dixon (San Leandro) 6-3, 170

Tommy Grady (Edison, Huntington Beach) 6-6, 210

Marcus Hollingsworth (San Diego) 5-11, 190

Richard Irvin (Muir, Pasadena) 6-0, 175

Sam Keller (San Ramon Valley, Danville) 6-4, 220

Jeff Kline (Los Alamitos) 6-2, 190

Richard Kovalcheck (St. Augustine, San Diego) 6-3, 205

T.C. Ostrander (Menlo-Atherton, Atherton) 6-3, 185

Kyle Wright (Monte Vista, Danville) 6-4, 185

Running Backs (16)

Dallas Bernstine (Bethel, Vallejo) 5-9, 175

Charles Burney (Valencia) 6-0, 175

Danny Burney (Sylmar) 5-10, 170

Reggie Bush (Helix, La Mesa) 5-10, 175

Tyrice Daniels (Elk Grove) 5-10, 175

Daniel Dixon (El Modena, Orange) 5-8, 180

Maurice Drew (De La Salle, Concord) 5-8, 190

Lynell Hamilton (Edison, Stockton) 6-0, 195

Dennis Keyes (Birmingham, Van Nuys) 6-1, 190

Durell Moss (Orange) 6-0, 175

Emeka Nnoli (Natomas, Sacramento) 6-1, 220

Rafael Rice (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-0, 195

Reggie Ross (Mira Mesa, San Diego) 6-0, 185

Chauncey Washington (South, Torrance) 6-0, 195

Ashton White (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM) 6-1, 210

Derrick Williams (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 5-10, 190

Wide Receivers (19)

Ray Bass (Centennial, Corona) 5-10, 165

Mark Bradford (Fremont, Los Angeles) 6-1, 180

Sam Cheatham (San Leandro) 5-9, 165

Joe Cowan (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 6-4, 195

Quentin Daniels (Loyola, Los Angeles) 6-0, 180

Sam DaSa (Monte Vista, Danville) 5-10, 170

Alex Ghebrasalasse (Bonita Vista, Chula Vista) 6-3, 180

Ruben Jackson (Edison, Stockton) 5-10, 165

Whitney Lewis (St. Bonaventure, Ventura) 6-1, 205

Corey Mazza (Thousand Oaks) 6-3, 190

Jose Perez (Oceanside) 6-0, 170

Matt Slater (Servite, Anaheim) 5-11, 185

Charles Smith (Helix, La Mesa) 6-1, 175

Noah Smith (Taft, Woodland Hills) 5-10, 160

Steve Smith (Taft, Woodland Hills) 6-1, 180

Devin Stearns (Serra, Gardena) 6-0, 185

Ryan Ting (James Logan, Union City) 5-10, 165

B.J. Vickers (Venice) 6-3, 195

Bobby Whithorne (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM) 6-1, 170

Tight End (1)

Chris Barrett (Tustin) 6-5, 235

Offensive Linemen (14)

Sam Baker (Tustin) 6-5, 275

Travis Draper (Paso Robles) 6-4, 255

Russell Foster (Bonita Vista, Chula Vista) 6-7, 290

Robbie Garibay (Foothill, Palo Cedro) 6-6, 310

Robert Gustavis (North, Torrance) 6-3, 270

P.J. Irvin (Agoura, Agoura Hills) 6-5, 285

Ryan Kalil (Servite, Anaheim) 6-3, 255

Michael Kautz (Dixon) 6-6, 300

Kevin Myers (Manual Arts, Los Angeles) 6-5, 335

Drew Radovich (Mission Viejo) 6-4, 270

Matt Reese (Centennial, Bakersfield) 6-7, 330

Erik Sandie (De La Salle, Concord) 6-2, 255

Hercules Satele (Poly, Long Beach) 6-2, 245

Kevin Weeks (Miramonte, Orinda) 6-6, 250

Defensive Linemen (13)

Warren Anderson (St. Bonaventure, Ventura) 6-3, 230

Kevin Brown (Poly, Long Beach) 6-2, 290

Leon Drummer (St. Mary's, Berkeley) 6-4, 310

Sedric Ellis (Chino) 6-3, 270

Matt Hines (Beyer, Modesto) 6-0, 295

Lawrence Jackson (Inglewood) 6-4, 245

Junior Lemau'u (Poly, Long Beach) 6-3, 245

Mathew Malele (Carson) 6-1, 300

Brandon Mebane (Crenshaw, Los Angeles) 6-1, 260

Fili Moala (Western, Anaheim) 6-4, 290

Matt Spanos (Corona) 6-5, 265

Josh Tauanuu (Poly, Long Beach) 6-2, 284

Grant Thomas (Buchanan, Clovis) 6-1, 240

Linebackers (12)

Lance Broadus (Taft, Woodland Hills) 6-3, 220

Joel Huber (Denair) 6-2, 244

Xzavier Jackson (Wood, Vacaville) 6-2, 230

Lee Martin (St. Bonaventure, Ventura) 6-2, 205

Michael Okwo (Mira Costa, Manhattan Beach) 6-0, 205

Drean Rucker (Canyon Springs, Moreno Valley) 6-1, 230

Thomas Williams (Vacaville) 6-2, 225

Garrett Tremblay (Palm Desert) 6-4, 225

Jason Turner (St. Francis, La Canada) 6-2, 220

Mark Van Paris (Sonoma Valley, Sonoma) 6-1, 215

Mark Washington (Poly, Long Beach) 6-1, 240

Ken Williams (Chino) 6-2, 210

Defensive Backs (16)

Jody Adewale (Roosevelt, Los Angeles) 6-0, 200

Christian Bass (Canyon Springs, Moreno Valley) 6-3, 210

Leon Hall (Vista) 5-11, 175

Damon Jenkins (De La Salle, Concord) 5-11, 175

Freddie Parrish (Poly, Long Beach) 6-1, 180

Desmond Reed (Temple City) 5-9, 175

Kevin Ross (St. Bernard, Playa del Rey) 5-11, 170

Brandon Sanders (Skyline, Oakland) 5-10, 170

Lorenzo Sims (Edison, Fresno) 5-11, 180

Clifton Smith (Edison, Fresno) 5-8, 170

Brett Swain (Carlsbad) 6-1, 180

Brandon Ting (James Logan, Union City) 5-10, 170

Terrel Thomas (Rancho Cucamonga) 6-0, 175

A.J. Tuitele (Banning, Wilmington) 5-11, 185

Julian Watts (Deer Valley, Antioch) 5-10, 170

Sean Young (Berkeley) 5-10, 175

Note: This list was selected based on college potential, not high school accomplishments. Student Sports' recruiting editors Greg Biggins and Brian Stumpf provided most of the evaluations as they completed all of the recruiting information in the just released High School Football annual produced by Student Sports and The Sporting News.


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