Fresno (Calif.) Edison CB Cliff Harris is considered the best at his position in the state. He…
2009 All-Central Cali Prospects
Coach Pat Hill identifies the Valley from Sacramento to the North to Bakersfield to the South and the Sierras to the East to Coalinga to the West. BarkBoard.com uses the same guidelines when identifying Central Cali except we cap the North at Stockton. The Sacramento area is vast enough to be its own region in our opinion. Preseason Players to Watch Top Offensive Player: WR Rolando Jefferson (6-2, 190), Fresno Edison. There is no bigger offensive threat in the West than Jefferson, aka Bubba. The standout displays an uncanny playmaking ability that is simply stupefying. He averaged just under 24 yards per reception in 2007 with 11 touchdowns for nearly 1,000 yards while sitting out the second half of most games. If Edison can find an adequate replacement for Jerry Davis at quarterback, Jefferson should shatter those numbers. Plain and simple, Bubba is raw. Academics may be an issue, but he should have a laundry list of schools begging for his services, including hometown Fresno State. Top Defensive Player: LB Travis Brown (6-2, 225), Clovis West. He is arguably the best linebacker to ever come out of the Fresno area. Few if any defensive players before him are as sound and polished. Brown has amassed over 300 tackles the last two seasons. He is the quintessential Mike LB top programs at the next level covet. He compares his style of play to NFL standout A.J. Hawk. Brown can play sideline to sideline, but above all he is a student of the game. He is the son of Fresno State Defensive Coordinator Dan Brown. The Bulldogs are currently his top school, but many top programs will be after him, including family favorite Notre Dame. Top Lineman: OT Greg Capella (6-5, 330), Visalia El Diamante. This gentle giant can plow through just about any defensive lineman when he wants to. While big, Capella is hardly "fat". He is flying a bit under the radar after helping the Miners to a 12-1 record and nearly earning a berth into the state Division II title game. His stock should rise after solid showing in spring and summer camps. In spite of loading up on offensive linemen in the 08 class, Capella could be a prospect Fresno State might not be able to pass up. Top Specialist: CB Cliff Harris (6-0, 160) Fresno Edison. He was named MVP of the U.S. Army Combine in San Antonio last month as a cornerback. Nonetheless, he is just as good as a kick-returner. Defensively, he is the best DB to come through what is often referred to as the nation's top DB factory – Fresno Edison – according to position coach Tony Perry. Whether returning punts, kicks, or after an interception, when the ball is in his hands, Harris – aka "Woo" – is a threat to score any time. USC is hot on his trail with an official offer. Fresno State, Arizona, Oregon, and a host of other Pac-10 schools will have to out-duel the Trojans. But as Woo told us a few weeks back, he is in no hurry to make his decision. Preseason Class of 2009 All-Central Cali Team OFFENSE WR – Rashaun Schaefer (6-3, 190) Fresno Edison OL – Damon Bragner (6-3, 285) Los Banos OL – David Born (6-8. 330) Bakersfield OL – Ben Savaii (6-0, 250) Taft OL – Josh Hamlin (6-4, 260) Clovis East OL – Luis Diaz (6-4, 285) Bakersfield Stockdale TE – Evan Wolff (6-4, 225) Clovis WR- Kenny Cooper (6-4, 225) Merced QB – Cody Vaz (6-2, 182) Stockton St. Mary's RB – Stephon Mathis (5-9, 185) Merced RB – Demareya Nelson (6-2, 205) Stockton Chavez UT – Nathan Fellner (6-0, 195) Clovis West DEFENSE DL – Tevin Jackson (6-2, 240 ) Bakersfield DL – Nikko Motto (6-3, 265) Sanger DL – Nat Harrison (6-2, 220) Fresno Edison DL – Nate Ware (6-2, 220) Visalia El Diamante LB – James Guerrero (6-0, 215) Tulare LB – Pat Su'a ( 6-2, 217) Bakersfield Highland LB – Dexter Coward (6-1, 185) Atwater SS – T.J. McDonald (6-2, 185) Fresno Edison CB – Bernard Bolden (5-10, 180) Merced CB – Brian Easter (5-10, 180) Fresno Central FS – Marte Sears (6-2, 190) Fresno McLane UT – Allen Huddleston (6-1, 170) Merced SPECIALISTS PK – Colton Schmidt (5-11, 170) Bakersfield Liberty P/AP – Ben Bowen (5-10, 200) Visalia Mt. Whitney RS – Dion Curry (5-7, 160) Bakersfield West BB.C will release a deeper list of Central Cali prospects in the coming weeks. ©Copyright 2008, BarkBoard.com and Scout.com. All rights reserved.
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