California 2009 Final Rankings: DBs

Fresno Edison teammates Cliff Harris and T.J. McDonald top the lists of top defensive backs in the Golden State in the final class of 2009 rankings, at cornerback and safety respectively...


It's a deep and talented year for cornerbacks in the Golden State, and the best cover corner in the country hails from the region.

1. Cliff Harris, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Another in a long line of outstanding defensive backs from the Edison program, Harris is the most highly touted corner they've had.

2. Osahon Irabor, Upland (Calif.)- Arizona State
One of the Inland Empire's best defensive players.

3. Marlon Pollard, San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon- UCLA
The versatile Pollard had an all-state senior season with seven picks

4. Brandon Sermons, Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch
Versatile defensive back could play either cornerback or safety.

5. Vachel Samuels, Lynwood (Calif.)- California
Season-ending injury shouldn't sidetrack him when he gets to Berkeley.

6. Avery Patterson, Pittsburg (Calif.)- Oregon
Not the biggest player but not many are faster than him.

7. Sheldon Price, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat- UCLA
Good length and backpedal quickness and good  genes, as dad played in the NFL.

8. Alex Mascarenas, Mission Viejo (Calif.)- UCLA
Another versatile defensive back, who may end up at corner in college.

9. Bijon Samoodi, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite
May have been the the always-tough Trinity League's best defensive player.

10. Sean Martin, Corona (Calif.) Santiago
Did just as much damage at receiver as he did in the secondary.

11. Lazarri Middleton, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
One of the stalwarts of the Jackrabbits secondary.

12. Preston King, Los Flores (Calif.) Tesoro
Pound-for-pound, one of the toughest players in California.

Other Cornerbacks (in alphabetical order):
Bernard Bolden, Merced (Calif.)
Chris Hill, Carson (Calif.)
C.J. Anderson, Vallejo (Calif.) Bethel
Colin Lockett, Diamond Bar (Calif.)- San Diego State
Devin Jackson, Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala
Eric Hunter, Los Angeles (Calif.) Jordan- New Mexico State
Gabe Lemons, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran- San Diego State
J.B. Dock, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure- Fresno State
J.R. McConico, Venice (Calif.)- SMU
Kevin Lane, Carson (Calif.)
Marcus Andrews, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw- San Diego State
Nat Berhe, Colton (Calif.)- San Diego State
Rashaad Reynolds, San Fernando (Calif.)- Oregon State
Sean Murray, Corona (Calif.) Santiago- Montana
Terrance Brown, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran- Stanford
Titus Teague, Pomona (Calif.) Louisville
Trevor Bateman, Indio (Calif.) Palm Desert- BYU
Vincent Minor, Etiwanda (Calif.)- New Mexico


USC lands the top safeties in the West.

1. T.J. McDonald, Fresno (Calif.) Edison- USC
Five-star safety is the best defensive back in the West.

2. Patrick Hall, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure- USC
One of the best overall athletes in the region this class.

3. Byron Moore, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne-
Moore would also be a top receiver prospect, but the secondary is where his future is.

4. Chris Metcalf, Compton (Calif.)- USC
Has played linebacker for the Tarbabes but will play safety for the Trojans.

5. Stanjarivus McKay, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly- UCLA
Stock soared as a senior as he finally got a chance to start for the Jackrabbits.

6. Jabari Carr, San Jose (Calif.) Oak Grove- Prep School
The MVP of the Oakland UnderArmour/ Combine, he's headed to prep school.

7. Nathan Fellner, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West- Washington
Two-way threat was one of the Central Section's best players.

8. Dijon Washington, Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger- Nebraska
Part of one of the hardest-hitting defenses around.

9. Anthony Carpenter, Gardena (Calif.) Serra- Washington State
Carpenter could make the move to corner in college but has the skill level to be a D-I safety.

10. Lester White, Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North
Big, physical player who loves to lay the big hit.

Other Safeties (in alphabetical order):
Brent Seals, La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat- Stanford
David Quiroga, Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala- New Mexico State
Eric Pinkins, Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum- San Diego State
Gary Walker, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley- Idaho
Jonathan Brown, Encinal (Calif.)- Boise State
K.J. Vaifale, Corona (Calif.) Centennial- SMU
Will Shamburger, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco- Washington
Zeke Sanders, Santa Cruz (Calif.)- Oregon State


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