Final California rankings from Rivals,

Arcadia’s Todd Golper is ranked the No. 25 best recruit in California and Maranatha’s Matt Schilz is ranked No. 91. California Postseason Top 100 2009 (Last sorted on 1/25/2009)

2009 Rank Pos Ht/Wt School
1 Matt Barkley Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei QB 6-3/226 USC
Earned MVP Award at Under Armour All American Game by passing for 237 yards and two touchdowns

2 Vontaze Burfict
Corona (CA) Centennial LB 6-2/244 USC
Was the third-leading tackler for the West team in the Army Bowl. He also dominated in all-star game practices, capping off an amazing senior season that saw him lead his team to a CIF title and a state championship.

3 Patrick Hall
Ventura (CA) St. Bonaventure ATH 6-1/181 USC
U.S. Army All-America member averaged 9.69 yards a carry as a senior and had 11 touchdown runs in 2009. He made several dozen tackles from his safety spot.

4 T.J. McDonald
Fresno (CA) Edison DB 6-2/200 USC
His physical presence and ability at the U. S. Army All-American practices was reminiscent of his father, Tim McDonald.

5 Randall Carroll
Los Angeles (CA) Cathedral ATH 5-10/175 USC
Speed kills, and Carroll is one of the fastest in the nation. He has recorded a sub-10.5 100-meters. He also had a tremendous senior season with an average of more than 18 yards per catch.

6 Cliff Harris
Fresno (CA) Edison DB 6-0/165 Oregon
Demonstrated the best cover skills of any defensive back during the U. S. Army All American practices.

7 Michael Philipp
San Bernardino (CA) Arroyo Valley OL 6-3/320 Oregon State
Philipp, who was part of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, can play guard, tackle or center.

8 Cierre Wood
Oxnard (CA) Santa Clara RB 6-0/192 Notre Dame
Wood, the main offensive weapon for his high school team this past season, rushed for 1,526 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior.

9 Kevin Graf
Agoura (CA) Agoura OL 6-6/301 USC
A solid senior season was capped off by a strong showing in the Under Amour All-American Game.

10 Morrell Presley
Carson (CA) Carson WR 6-4/215 UCLA
Presley had three catches for 40 yards in the Under Armour All-American Game.

11 Byron Moore
Harbor City (CA) Narbonne DB 6-0/188 list
Moore played his way into the Rivals100 with jaw-dropping performances at the USC Rising Star Camp and FBU Top Gun Camp. He helped Narbonne go deep in the CIF City Section playoffs.

12 Rolando Jefferson
Fresno (CA) Edison WR 6-2/190 list
Averaged more than 24 yards a catch and had 11 TDs in 2007.

13 Richard Brehaut
Rancho Cucamonga (CA) Los Osos QB 6-2/206 UCLA
Completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,248 yards and 22 TDs in 2007.

14 Jemari Roberts
Long Beach (CA) Woodrow Wilson WR 6-3/205 Stanford
Has a 3.97 GPA and speed to burn.

15 Marquis Simmons
Compton (CA) Dominguez LB 6-2/215 USC
Committed to USC as a sophomore and really blew up at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp.

16 Marlon Pollard
San Bernardino (CA) Cajon DB 6-1/160 UCLA
Also an all-state performer in the long jump and triple jump.

17 Shaquelle Evans
Inglewood (CA) Inglewood WR 6-0/203 Notre Dame
Caught 30 passes for 608 yards and three TDs, also returned a kickoff for a score.

18 Tate Forcier
San Diego (CA) Scripps Ranch QB 6-0/184 Michigan
Last two seasons has passed for 4,024 yards while rushing for 1,266 yards.

19 James Boyd
Los Angeles (CA) Jordan ATH 6-4/211 USC
Nicknamed “The Beast”. Threw for 2,499 yards and 23 TDs, recorded 72 tackles and 11 sacks in ’07.

20 Allan Bridgford
Mission Viejo (CA) Mission Viejo QB 6-3/213 California
Threw for 2,508 yards and 22 TDs in 2007.

21 Sheldon Price
La Puente (CA) Bishop Amat DB 6-2/155 UCLA
Tall, rangy corner that has size to match up with bigger receivers.

22 De’Von Flournoy
Van Nuys (CA) Birmingham WR 6-0/178 USC
Has had 61 catches for 1,482 yards and 22 TDs over the past two seasons.

23 Osahon Irabor
Upland (CA) Upland DB 5-10/178 Arizona State
Earned first-team all-league from his cornerback position as a junior.

24 Levine Toilolo
San Diego (CA) Helix TE 6-8/239 Stanford
Had a steallar performance as a TE at the NUC Combine last year and had 13 sacks from the DE position.

25 Todd Golper
Arcadia (CA) Arcadia LB 6-0/225 UCLA
Totaled 122 tackles, 11 sacks and two INTs last year.

Arcadia’s Todd Golper is listed at No. 22 (Note: He opened the season ranked No. 15) Class of 2009 California Top 101 (Final Rankings)

Rank Name Pos High School (City, State) Ht/Wt Verbal
1 Matt Barkley QB Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 6-3/218 USC
2 Vontaze Burfict MLB Corona (Calif.) Centennial 6-2/235 USC
3 T.J. McDonald S Fresno (Calif.) Edison 6-1/181/4.63 USC
4 Morrell Presley TE Carson (Calif.) Carson 6-3.5/215 UCLA
5 Cliff Harris CB Fresno (Calif.) Edison 6-0/170/4.5
6 Patrick Hall S Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure 6-1.5/185 USC
7 Kevin Graf OT Agoura (Calif.) Agoura 6-5.5/297 USC
8 Byron Moore S Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne 6-1/200
9 Tyler Gaffney FB San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic 6-1/215/4.49 Stanford
10 Richard Brehaut QB Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos 6-2/205 UCLA
11 Shaquelle Evans WR Inglewood (Calif.) Inglewood 6-2/192 Notre Dame
12 Zach Ertz TE Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista 6-6/225 Stanford
13 Michael Philipp OT San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley 6-4/295
14 Marquis Simmons WLB Compton (Calif.) Dominguez 6-1/225 USC
15 Rolando Jefferson WR Fresno (Calif.) Edison 6-2.5/190
16 James Boyd DE Los Angeles (Calif.) Jordan 6-5/220 USC
17 Randall Carroll WR Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral 6-0/195 USC
18 Cierre Wood RB Oxnard (Calif.) Santa Clara 6-0/200/4.5 Notre Dame
19 Levine Toilolo TE La Mesa (Calif.) Helix 6-7/234 Stanford
20 Usua Amanam RB San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep 5-10/180/4.46 Stanford
21 Tate Forcier QB San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch 6-1/190/4.63 Michigan
22 Todd Golper MLB Arcadia (Calif.) Arcadia 6-1/225 UCLA
23 Derek Carr QB Bakersfield (Calif.) Bakersfield Christian 6-3/190 Fresno State
24 Devon Flournoy WR Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham 6-2/180/4.4 USC
25 Diante Jackson WR Walnut Creek (Calif.) Los Lomas 6-3/190 Colorado
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Kentucky coach pleads not guilty in player’s death

I’m really wondering what our area football coaches think about all this. Does this put a strain on your team’s workout regiment? Are coaches going to re-schedule workout times for morning and night and nothing in between?

From The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE (AP) — At a church where he’s a deacon and the high school where he coaches football, David Jason Stinson is well-liked enough to find himself surrounded by supporters despite prosecutors charging him in a player’s death.

On Monday, Stinson pleaded not guilty to reckless homicide in the death of 15-year-old Pleasure Ridge Park High School offensive lineman Max Gilpin, who collapsed at a sweltering Aug. 20 practice after running sprints, sometimes in pads and helmet.

“They’re dragging a very good man through the mud and I don’t understand why,” football booster Rodney Daugherty said of the coach.

A judge released Stinson without bond at the courthouse that attracted at least a dozen community members voicing their support for the first-year head coach. Gilpin’s family also was at the hearing, but did not speak to reporters.
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Girls Basketball: Campbell Hall-Maranatha showdown!

An 11-game winning streak is on the line when Campbell Hall (15-1, 3-0) visits Maranatha (8-11, 4-0) tonight at 7 in an Alpha League showdown. The Minutemen are riding a 4-game winning streak but more importantly they are unbeaten in league with a perfect 4-0 record. I will cover this showdown tonight. This is the first meeting between the two and will play again in the season finale.

There’s no surprise Campbell Hall will try to stop the Minutemen’s Mian Dingle who is averaging 13.7 points per game. The scary part? She’s only a sophomore and is averaging nearly seven rebounds per game. In-N-Out anyone? I kid I kid …

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….Show me a little love, show me a little love….

A little town, small players with big hearts — they call it a Cinderella story after 10 years. Do you believe in magic? Keep up the good work. See you in TC soon.

–From Rams09 and JC45Lover

I walked to my desk this morning and found a letter sitting there from a fellow blogger at Temple City High School. When I opened the envelope this is what I found:

It’s a small poster with an “I (heart) James Chen” sent to me and signed by James Chen. For those not in the know, dude is averaging an area-best 21.1 points per game for the Rams. I was told Rams09 and JC45Lover were in the works of getting me Chen’s autograph but I didn’t know they were serious. Now I have to go buy a frame….

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