2009 California's Top Prospects: Offense

With Signing Day and the 2008 recruiting class in the books, it's time to start looking toward 2009 and California will be stocked with top prospects, especially at quarterback. Here is an early look at the top prospects from the Golden State...

With Signing Day for 2008 over, here is a very early look at the early list of some of the top offensive prospects from California.

Over the course of the spring, we figure more guys will emerge as well as into summer and obviously into the fall (look at a Herman Davidson, who didn't even start until his senior year and ended up as a four-star safety with offers from all over).

QUARTERBACKS
This is easily the best and deepest group of quarterbacks in years. Barkley, who's committed to USC, is the top prospect nationally, regardless of position, but the race for #2 will be tight. Nunes, Brehaut, Evans and Forcier all have been longtime prospects. NorCal will have a strong group of passers, one of their best in a while, with Jensen, Southwick and Carta-Samuels leading the list.

Matt Barkley, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Josh Nunes, Upland (Calif.)
Tate Forcier, San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch
Jamie Jensen, Gilroy (Calif.)
Richard Brehaut, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos
Allan Bridgford, Mission Viejo (Calif.)
Joe Southwick, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley
Austyn Carta-Samuels, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep
Clark Evans, Los Alamitos (Calif.)
Cody Vaz, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's
Jordan Wynn, Oceanside (Calif.)
Max Yago, Walnut Creek (Calif.) Las Lomas
Joey Levine, Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley
Sean Berman, North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake
Robb Post, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln
Cory Nielsen, Cerritos (Calif.) Gahr
Kane Wilson, Placentia (Calif.) El Dorado
Ken Johnston, Carmel (Calif.)
Andrew Pulsipher, Temecula Valley (Calif.)
Sean Schroeder, Dana Point (Calif.) Dana Hills
Tanner Rust, Lakeside (Calif.) El Capitan
Colton Morrison, Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino
Lyle Negron, Murrieta Valley (Calif.)
Cameron Deen, Covina (Calif.) South Hills
Dex Lucci, Beverly Hills (Calif.)
Josh Moten, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne
Morgan Fennell, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Quincy Durgin, Inglewood (Calif.)
Dasmen Stewart, Oxnard (Calif.)
Desi Rodriguez, Saugus (Calif.)

RUNNING BACKS
Wood was the top running back from the junior class in California and is the top running back prospect in the West for the 2009 class, giving Ventura County a stranglehold on the position the last decade. Brown is another top prospect from that area. Gaffney is the best from San Diego while Yarnway will be one of NorCal's finest.

Cierre Wood, Oxnard (Calif.) Santa Clara
Chris Brown, Newbury Park (Calif.)
Tyler Gaffney, San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic
Dasarte Yarnway, San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep
Melvin Richardson, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Demareya Nelson, Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln
Travon Van, La Mesa (Calif.) Helix
Antonio Bray, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany
Marcus Darden, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Ryan Zirbel, Saugus (Calif.)
Ross Bacon, Stevenson Ranch (Calif.) West Ranch
Marquise Cooper, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Ryan Landseadel, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Cameron Marshall, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian
Jon Lister, Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
Cameron Loeffler, Exeter (Calif.)
Nick Ricciardulli, Poway (Calif.)
Marcus McDaniel, Sacramento (Calif.) Christian Brothers
Sam McCowan, Oxnard (Calif.)
Arby Fields, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos

RECEIVERS
Jefferson is the best receiver prospect from the West and will be a national recruit. Flournoy, a commit to USC, had a huge junior season, as did fellow Trojan commit Carroll. Jackson and Roberts could also play on defense. Evans is this year's Kemonte Bateman, using the B2G before his junior year to explode onto the scene.

Rolando Jefferson, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Devon Flournoy, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham
Shaquelle Evans, Inglewood (Calif.)
Jemari Roberts, Long Beach (Calif.) Wilson
Diante Jackson, Walnut Creek (Calif.) Las Lomas
James Johnson, Escondido (Calif.) Valley Center
Randall Carroll, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral
Jeffrey Taylor, Montebello (Calif.) Cantwell Sacred Heart
Rashaun Schaefer, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Byron Moore, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne
Kevin Cummings, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
Brett Thompson, El Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge
James Flynn, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Chris Albright, Milpitas (Calif.)
Drew Gibson, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Kevin Chandler, Mission Viejo (Calif.)
Brian Owusu, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Ronald McCrory, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
Kenny Cooper, Merced (Calif.)
David Quiroga, Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala
Spencer Hagan, Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian
Terrence Miller, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
Jeff Crissman, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison
Deondre Powell, Cerritos (Calif.) Gahr

TIGHT ENDS
Presley is already committed to USC, and Toilolo has a handful of offers, including from Florida, Stanford and Cal. Barnett is a physical specimen.

Morrell Presley, Carson (Calif.)
Levine Toilolo, La Mesa (Calif.) Helix
Zach Ertz, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista
Marlon Barnett, Corona (Calif.) Santiago
Trevor Peterson, Placerville (Calif.) El Dorado
Charlie Taylor, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West
Christopher Coyle, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Evan Wolff, Clovis (Calif.)

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
Graf is off the market, with the Trojan legacy committed to USC. Danser, Born and Benyard are top prospects from NorCal, Central Cali and San Diego respectively.

Tackles
Kevin Graf, Agoura (Calif.)
David Born, Bakersfield (Calif.) West
Everett Benyard, San Diego (Calif.) Central Catholic
Kevin Danser, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep
Adam Murray, Rohnert Park (Calif.) Rancho Cotate
Gavin Pascarella, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Greg Capella, Visalia (Calif.) El Diamante
Jordan Johnson, Corona (Calif.) Santiago

Guards/Centers
Steve Trujillo, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral
Michael Philip, San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley
Mark Clampitt, Torrance (Calif.) West
Joshua Andrews, Ontario (Calif.) Colony
Mailiu Penitani, Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis
Caylin Hauptmann, Beverly Hills (Calif.)
Chris Jiminez, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral
Josh Hamlin, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis East
Damon Bragner, Los Banos (Calif.)
James Zontek, Bakersfield (Calif.) East
Jon Bryant, Saugus (Calif.)

Note: Again, this is a very early list of players who've emerged as prospects in the early going, that we've seen at various camps or combines, and are being heavily recruited.


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