The “Guru”, as Robledo has named him, has released his list of the Top 10 college prospects in the East SGV … and wow, it’s bad …

You can see it here and then if you’re still breathing comment either here or there.

I saw it and I’m astonished. I’m sure you might be also.

In summary, here it is:

1. Jamie Canada, South Hills WR/DB
2. Rio Ruiz, Amat QB
3. Chris Solomon, West Covina RB/DB
4. Jalen Moore, Amat RB
5. Jamel Hart, South Hills RB
6. Corey Victoria, Glendora RB
7. Ajee Montes, Amat DB
8. Lonzell Barnett, West Covina DB
t-9. Travis Santiago, Charter Oak QB and Vince Hernandez, South Hills QB

Aram’s take: The list is awful and needs more work and effort. The guy (Chris Solomon) with the offers from Arizona St. and Colorado is ranked No. 3 behind two guys with no offers. Is Rio Ruiz a D-1 QB? Jury is still out, but does it matter? He’s gonna be trying to hit major-league curveballs in two years anyway. Jamie Canada is ranked No. 1 without having played for the past three years. And keep in mind the Guru claims next week is his “sleeper list”. Well, if ever there was a sleeper, it’s Canada. That’s where he belong after not having been seen under the lights in three years. And the last time I spoke with Coach Bogan, he said they were hoping to have Canada for league play. Sorry, but with all these question marks, Canada is THE DEFINITION OF A SLEEPER (right now). CAN I MAKE THAT MORE CLEAR? He may very well be the best player in the area, and hopefully the kid finally gets a little luck and plays and does his thing. Remember, the key is junior season game films. Anyway, the problems run deeper than just Solomon being slighted and the No. 1 guy not having played in three years. The bigger issue is the GLARING OMISSIONS of West Covina DE Justin Meaders, who unlike about 80-90 percent of the guys on this list, ALREADY has a D-1 OFFER from Arizona St. and another one is expected shortly from Washington St. So why is he off the list? Is he a sleeper? And then what about Charter Oak WR Chris Gilchrist, who is going to have plenty of offers when it’s all said done, considering he’s one of PRECIOUS FEW players (if we’re being totally honest) in our area who has the actual SIZE needed to play the position he’s being recruited for. But I think most of you can figure out for yourself why Gilchrist isn’t on the list. And finally, when ranking RBs as college prospects, it generally helps if they weigh more than 200 lbs. Let’s be honest, unless a kid has blazing speed and amazing moves, he isn’t going to be a RB at a major D-1 school if he’s under 200 lbs. (or not 190 at least).

  • FredJ

    I wouldn’t say the guru’s list is “awful,” Canada might very well be the biggest prospect. You would have to watch combines, or other practicing situations to make an informed opinion, something the Guru does practically every weekend. Not sure if Aram has seen any of these kids since last fall. You don’t have to play in high school games for college coaches or scouts to know where you rank among others. Also, The Guru wasn’t projecting Ruiz as a “QB” in college as Aram stated, he said his best chance at the next level would be at strong safety, then noted we’ll probably never know anyway, because Ruiz will opt for baseball. The rest of the list is an opinion, the Guru’s opinion, and who knows if he’s right, close or way off. But I would have preferred that
    Aram post his own list with the players he’s suggested and how he would rank them instead of simply dismissing this list as “awful.” If it’s awful, show us your notes on each player, rank them and let’s compare.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    Fred,

    I’m not trying to pass myself as a recruiting service. I report and give opinion about this area’s football scene. And when I see 5-7 “sleepers” on the Top 10 area recruits list and glaring omissions of guys who already have offers to major schools, then it’s time to give that opinion.

    The Guru is a big boy and open to criticism just like any other recruiting service. If Guru wants to come on here and give his opinion (good, bad or ugly) of what I do for a living, then he’s more than welcome and actually already has done it several occasions.

  • Matt

    The thing that jumps out here is where are the lineman?

  • Bulldogs have bite

    Wow the 2 minute drills are gonna be extra chippy this upcomming season! Poor Steve will have to get the hose to seperate you two!

    Solomon, Barnett, Frazier and Turner are gonna make the Bulldogs secondary one of the best in the valley next season! Replacing Dupleasis is going to be tough, but there are some other kids stepping up!

    Omana should be on the list, he actualy has D1 size and adequate arm strength/accuracy to be considered a D1 prospect. Best QB’s WC faced all year last year was Penndleton, Jeffries and Omana.

    Aram I agree with you. Where is Meaders? He had 12+ sacks last season and has an offer to Arizona St. I’m curious as to what posistion they are projecting him to play. At 6-2 210 lbs last season, even if he puts on 10 to 15 lbs of muscle this year, he is way undersized as a DE. Perhaps a rush linebacker or strong safety is my guess.

    It’s gonna be one hell of a season boys! Let’s pace ourselves with the trash talking! *points at Fred and Aram*

    Go Bulldogs!

  • Aaron

    The reason the list is awful is that you and I could come up with something that resembled reality just by looking at Maxpreps for five minutes…James just doesn’t know what is real.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    Bulldogs,

    Freddie and I often disagree, but I’ve got nothing but respect for him and love working with him. It makes for a lot of fun when we get heated about certain topics. Most of which, nobody has ever seen.

    LOUD office arguments are the stuff of legend on Sports section staffs in this business. Not so much anymore because the old-school guys are all gone. But it still happens.

    Anyway, glad you like it. And you’re right, there’s more to come.

  • mtown scout

    Best player in SGV “Ellis McCarthy”.

    best upcoming Juniors in SGV

    QB/LB George Frazier ” All State Soph team and All CIF”
    WR/DB Anthony Craft “All CIF”

    Go Wildcats!

    Concerning the East….

    1. Chris Solomon- He is already espn top 150, and has a Pac 12 offer. Best player in the east hands down.

    2. Jusin Meaders Aram hit it right on the nail this kid is a proespect. Size, speed, winner.

    3.Jamel Hart- despite the losing season and the hype of other RB’s. He seems to have the most moves and breaks away speed. He could very well play in the mt west or Wac. You could see a washington state or boise take a shot at this kid.

    4. Jalen Moore- He is a work horse, and solid back. I think he must work on his speed. He could play in Wac or Mt west.

    5. Chris Gilcrest- He has the size, and good speed, but being a big target he has yet to show the toughness needed to play on next level. He will get a offer, but he still has a year to man up.

    6. Montes just had a good jr year. Good on special teams…hits, He will have to make more plays as a senior, but he still has a shot to get a good offer. DBs are hard to find.

    7. Rio Ruiz- He will get drafted high in baseball. If he decides to go to college, He will play for a big time school on a baseball scholarship. You may see Ruiz suited up in a football uniform as a 3rd team QB.

    After this rest of the players on this list are good, but I just don’t see them getting any big time offers..

    8. Lonzell Barnett is a great tackler and hard hitting DB. I did not see the footwork to play corner, but he could find himself transitioning to Free Safety. Thats if he bulks up. He will have to make more plays in his senior year.

    9.Jamie Canada he is a great player. He is going to have to put up obscene numbers to get a offer from a big time school. Due to injuries and lack of tape, you can expect him to get a offer from Montana and other D1 AA schools

    Victoria is good, but doesn’t have the speed nor moves to play on the d1 level. He is d2 -3 all the way.

    Santiago will not be a qb anywhere. He should have been working on another position. maybe WR or DB. The kid is a gamer but you have to be at least 6-0 ft to even be a undersized qb.

  • conspicuous absense

    guru…where is bonita Garrett Horine? safety or wide out, 6’3″ track star fast? really been the glue defensively for them the past 2 years, missed that one.

  • Observer

    im sorry but i think livingston should be on this list he has gotten more looks then probibly santiago and hernandez!

  • qb

    Omana has to be on the list. All ready a Pac-12 offer (Colorado) and more to follow im sure.

  • omana yeah right

    i know people who work on the staff at Diamond bar and for a fact he has no offers he might have looks but no offers so stop trying to hype up something not real!

  • DRANCH DAD

    DEFENDING HENRY OMANA,
    HENRY OMANA 6’4″ AND GROWIN IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE A STAND OUT KID. HE AND HIS FAMILY ARE HUMBEL AS HECK. OMANA HAS HAD BOTH PRO AND MAJOR D1 SCHOOLS SHOWING LOTS OF INTEREST HIM. PRO, D1 BASEBALL AND D1 FOOTBALL PROGRAMS. HE IS A LOCAL KID THAT WE SHOULD ALL BE PULLING FOR JUST LIKE WE SHOULD BE PULLING FOR ALL KIDS THAT MADE OR DID’NT MAKE THE LIST. SUPPORT THE LOCAL TALENT DON’T BASHH THEM!!! GOOD LUCK HENRY AND THE REST OF THE LOCAL BOYS AND GIRLS…

  • walnutmvp

    DRDAD,

    I second on behalf of Omana and the rest of the local talent. Henry is a big time prospect and will represent the San Gabriel Valley wherever he go’s… Good luck to all the local talent…

  • DBALUM

    attn Omana yea right,

    Henry Omana finished the season strong for Diamond Bar. Taking over after the 1st qtr against Rowland and having the HOT HAND according to the LOOSER coach that quit on his team from day one. Omana lead his team in the final three games of the season and IS GETTING LOOKS BY MAYJOR D1 SCHOOLS. Maybe he has offers or not and there is no hype. The interest of D1 schools is HUGE for a talented kid with a bright future. I know all the coaching staff and I know facts. I got to meet Omana and I became a fan. A nice kid with confidence.
    6’4″ big hands and can throw the football 45 yards on the run. WOW!!!
    Good luck Omana