Alhambra duo, others make The Times’ list of top players

The Times’ Eric Sondheimer has rated the top players at each position. Not surprisingly, some of the WSGV’s best are on that list, led by Alhambra senior Mitchell Crockom, rated No. 5 in Sondheimer’s top 10 list. He writes: “(Crockom) has speed and a 41-inch vertical leap.” Crockom is our top-rated wide reciever. Also making the list at No. 15 is Alhambra senior quarterback Darrian Cazarin, who threw for 2,204 yards and 24 touchdowns. When our FAB 5 list publishes this week on our blog, you’ll find Cazarin at No. 4 behind San Gabriel’s Isaac Valdez, Monrovia’s Nick Bueno and Muir’s Jarron Williams. Cazarin at No. 4 in my list might not be a popular move, but remember the guys above him had either an even much better season (Valdez), led their respective team to a semifinals run in the playoffs (Bueno) or led their respective team to a league title in a tough league (Williams). Cazarin’s stats this season will be of greater significance when he leads the Moors back to the promise land: an Almont League title and a quarterfinals run in the Southeast Division playoffs. Temple City’s Max Ruckle cracked the “Others to watch” part of the “Rating the running backs” list. St. Francis’ Patrick Carroll made the offensive linemen list. I didn’t see Dietrich Riley’s name come up, but no doubt the St. Francis star is a man among boys in the land of coveted recruits. You can throw Loyola running back Anthony Barr in the mix, too. The kid is a beast, running over Bishop Amat as a junior last season.

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