California Football Prospects for 2009

With September 1st the initial day that coaches can offer juniors scholarships in the class of 2009, it's never too soon to get a look at some of the top underclassmen. Here is a very early look at some of the top juniors in California. Also included are a few sophomores in the class of 2010 to keep an eye on...

QUARTERBACKS
This position will be the best and the deepest in 2009, led by Barkley, who's already holding double-digit offers. Forcier is a familiar name to Pac-10 fans. Nunes and Brehaut are two of the best in the Inland Empire and Bridgford and Evans will give Barkley a run in Orange County. Vaz was a standout at the San Francisco Scout.com Combine.

Matt Barkley, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Josh Nunes, Upland (Calif.)
Tate Forcier, San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch
Richard Brehaut, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos
Allan Bridgford, Mission Viejo (Calif.)
Clark Evans, Los Alamitos (Calif.)
Rashaad Reynolds, San Fernando (Calif.)
Colton Morrison, Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino
Jordan Wynn, Oceanside (Calif.)
Cody Vaz, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's
Sean Schroeder, Dana Point (Calif.) Dana Hills
Joe Southwick, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley
Robb Post, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln
Ken Johnston, Carmel (Calif.)
Morgan Fennell, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly

RUNNING BACKS
Heading into their junior years, the running back crop is down, especially compared to 2008, but there are still some standouts in this class, led by Wood, the reigning Sophomore of the Year; Yarnway, one of the top prospects in NorCal, and the versatile Hall.

Cierre Wood, Oxnard (Calif.) Santa Clara
Dasarte Yarnway, San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart Prep
Patrick Hall, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Demareya Nelson, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln
Randall Carroll, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral
Stephon Mathis, Merced (Calif.)
Ryan Zirbel, Saugus (Calif.)
Tyler Gaffney, San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral
Ryan Landseadel, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Marcus Darden, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Ross Bacon, Stevenson Ranch (Calif.) West Ranch
Jon Lister, Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
Cameron Loeffler, Exeter (Calif.)
Arby Fields, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos

RECEIVERS
Jefferson is arguably the top receiver prospect in the West, and could be in the conversation for top overall prospect in the region. In other words, he's a freak. Flournoy is a good receiver on a running team while Evans is this year's Kemonte Bateman, using his B2G performance to gain some national attention. Roberts and Cummings are two more standouts to watch and Thompson is one of the best in NorCal.

Rolando Jefferson, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Devon Flournoy, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham
Shaquelle Evans, Inglewood (Calif.)
Jemari Roberts, Long Beach (Calif.) Wilson
Kevin Cummings, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Brett Thompson, El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge
Rashaun Schaefer, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Paul Richardson, Los Alamitos (Calif.)
Kenny Cooper, Merced (Calif.)
David Gaskins, Vacaville (Calif.) Will Wood
Terrence Miller, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
Spencer Hagan, Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian
Johnny Millard, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill

TIGHT ENDS
Only a handful of tight ends have burst onto the scene, but they did so in resounding fashion. Presley is already committed to USC, and Toilolo had an outstanding spring and summer and will be one of the top prospects in all of San Diego.

Morrell Presley, Carson (Calif.)  Committed to USC
Levine Toilolo, La Mesa (Calif.) Helix
Evan Wolff, Clovis (Calif.)

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
Graf and Trujillo both shined at the Los Angeles Scout.com Combine and will be two of the most sought after linemen in the state. Born is a mammoth tackle and is one of the best in Central California and Penitani is one of the Bay Area's best.

Kevin Graf, Agoura (Calif.)
Steve Trujillo, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral
David Born, Bakersfield (Calif.) West
Mailiu Penitani, Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis
Jordan Johnson, Corona (Calif.) Santiago
Chris Jiminez, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral
Joshua Andrews, Ontario (Calif.) Colony

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
After running backs, the defensive line is one of the smallest groups of D-1 prospects, at least at this point, though we certainly expect more to emerge. Asuega will be a standout on a stingy Lancer defense, and Harrison is one of the rare non-skill position prospects to come from Edison.

Kapono Asuega, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran
Nat Harrison, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Sam Doty, Hollister (Calif.) San Benito
Edward Nuckles, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills
William McGill, Modesto (Calif.)
Sean Avila, Anaheim (Calif.) Esperanza
Rex Meikal, Yucaipa (Calif.)

LINEBACKERS
Outside of quarterback, this may be the deepest and most talented position for the class of 2009. Simmons is already committed to USC, while Davis, Golper and Franco are three more SoCal studs. Brown is the top defensive player in Central California and Greene and Fanua rule NorCal.

Marquis Simmons, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez  Committed to USC
John Michael Davis, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita
Todd Golper, Arcadia (Calif.)
Steven Fanua, Milpitas (Calif.)
Travis Brown, Clovis (Calif.) West
Robert Franco, San Pedro (Calif.)
Simon Martinez, Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser
Jordan Barrett, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Brent Seals, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat
Eric Martin, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
Robert Larivee, Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala
Mark Haskell, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Michael Clay, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep
Anthony Larceval, La Mesa (Calif.) Helix
Daniel Cox, Sacramento (Calif.) Christian Brothers

DEFENSIVE BACKS Edison is the perennial producer of top defensive backs and this class could be their best, with McDonald and Harris. Pollard is a UCLA commit while Mascarenas is one of the Southland's best.

T.J. McDonald, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Cliff Harris, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Marlon Pollard, Valencia (Calif.) Committed to UCLA
Alex Mascarenas, Mission Viejo (Calif.)
Leonard McConico, Venice (Calif.)
Sean Martin, Corona (Calif.) Santiago
Justin Lilley, Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake
Sheldon Price, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat
Jabari Carr, San Jose (Calif.) Oak Ridge
Ketwaun Frank, Elk Grove (Calif.)
Bernard Bolden, Merced (Calif.)
Vincent Minor, Etiwanda (Calif.)
A.J. Cruz, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita
Kenny Cavness, San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart Prep
James Johnson, Escondido (Calif.) Valley Center
Cody Jackson, San Mateo (Calif.) Serra
Usua Amanam, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep

SOPHOMORES
Jones burst onto the scene last fall when Marc Tyler was injured and he was named the California Freshman of the Year. Riley is one of the most versatile players in this class as is Baxter, who shined at the USC camp. Montana is the son of NFL legend Joe.

Dietrich Riley, DB, La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis
Malcolm Jones, RB, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Dillon Baxter, RB, San Diego (Calif.) Mission Bay
Nick Montana, QB, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Brennan Clay, RB, San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch
Antonio Bray, RB, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany


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