California 2009 Final Rankings: RBs

State player of the year Tyler Gaffney and U.S. Army All-American Cierre Wood lead the list of top running backs from the Golden State in the class of 2009...

Gaffney and Wood lead a steady group of ballcarriers in California but the WCAL is home to three of the top seven running backs in the region in Yarnway, Marshall and Amanam.

1. Tyler Gaffney, San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic- Stanford
The state player of the year in California, Gaffney showed he can be an every down back this year.

2. Cierre Wood, Oxnard (Calif.) Santa Clara- Notre Dame
Has done it all for the Saints, running the ball, catching the ball, returning kicks and even punting, and made this basketball school a force on the gridiron.

3. Usua Amanam, San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep- Stanford
The Northern California Player of the Year, will be the lightning to Gaffney's thunder in Palo Alto

4. Dasarte Yarnway, San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart Cathedral- California
Runs with power and has good hands out of the backfield.  Led team to first playoff berth in 40 years and ultimately, the section title.

5. Daniel Jenkins, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde- Arizona
Plays much bigger than his size and has good quickness and instincts.

6. Cameron Marshall, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian- Arizona State
Speedy and powerful, Marshall battled his WCAL rivals Yarnway and Amanam for top running back honors in the region.

7. Melvin Richardson, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Was at his best in the clutch; his big touchdown run in the section finals catapulted the Jackrabbits to the section title.

8. Arthur Burns, Corona (Calif.) Centennial- Washington State
Carried the load in the backfield for the eventual state champions.

9. Bradley Randle, Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta
The son of former MLB player Lenny Randle, Randle is one of the toughest, pound-for-pound runners out West.

10. Jayson Allmond, Bloomington (Calif.)- UCLA
His future will likely be opening up holes for tailbacks while getting the occasional carry.

The Next 10 (in alphabetical order):
Arby Fields, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos- Northwestern
Ben Bowen, Visalia (Calif.) Mt. Whitney- Portland State
Carl Winston, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Curry Williams, Compton (Calif.) Compton
Davion Fleming, Upland (Calif.)- Northwestern
Jontell Reedom, Tulare (Calif.) Tulare Union
Kylan Butler, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle- Arizona
Robbie Rouse, San Diego (Calif.) Madison- Fresno State
Ryan Zirbel, Saugus (Calif.)
Stefphon Jefferson, Visalia (Calif.) El Diamante- Nevada
 

Other Running Backs:
Chris Brown, Newbury Park (Calif.)
CheRod Simpson, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd- Cal Poly
Dash Oliver, Castro Valley (Calif.)
Demarcus White, San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley
Greg Portis, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
Jeremiah McKibbins, Encino (Calif.) Crespi- Army
Marcus Darden, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Marcus McDaniel, Sacramento (Calif.) Christian Brothers
Marquise Cooper, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Ronnie Hillman, La Habra (Calif.)- San Diego State
Ross Bacon, Valencia (Calif.) West Ranch
Sam McCowan, Oxnard (Calif.)- Sacramento State
Stephon Mathis, Merced (Calif.)
TeRhon O'Neal, North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake
Travon Van, La Mesa (Calif.) Helix
 


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