Players to look out for in 2010


By Eric Sondheimer
Los Angeles Times

The Southland has a long list of talented players at each position for this coming season. The Los Angeles Times’ Eric Sondheimer takes a look, position by position.


Michael Bercovici, Taft, 6-1, 205, Sr. Arizona State commit could put up big numbers.

Derrick Brown, Vista Murrieta, 6-3, 230, Sr. Utah commit passed for 18 TDs, ran for 15.

Aaron Cantu, Schurr, 6-3, 180, Sr. Passed for 2,500 yards, 28 TDs.

Cody Clements, La Habra, 6-1, 200, Sr. Washington State commit passed for 29 TDs.

Trevor Gretzky, Oaks Christian, 6-4, 190, Sr. All signs point to his being ready.

Michael Eubank, Corona Centennial, 6-5, 225, Sr. Let’s see who can tackle him.

Nick Isham, Westlake, 6-0, 190, Sr. Threw for 30 TDs, completed 74% of his passes.

Chad Jeffries, Glendora, 6-3, 190, Sr. San Diego State commit had big summer.

Conner Preston, Gardena Serra, 6-1, 205, Sr. SMU commit passed for 3,437 yards, 44 TDs.

Max Wittek, Mater Dei, 6-4, 220, Sr. USC commit can make all the right throws.


Vernon Adams, Alemany, 6-0, 180, Sr. Passed for 2,333 yards, 22 TDs.

Justin Alo, Carson, 6-2, 190, Sr. Veteran with good skills.

Michael Ball, Rowland, 5-9, 160, Sr. Back from broken collarbone and ready to roll.

Alex Bishop, Valencia, 5-10, 175, Sr. Passed for 3,431 yards, 37 TDs.

Avondre Bollar, Thousand Oaks, 6-0, 195, Sr. Talented athlete who makes things happen.

Alex Bridgford, Mission Viejo, 6-3, 180, Jr. Has been groomed to be a standout.

Adam Colman, Burbank, 6-4, 205, Sr. Passed for 24 touchdowns.

Aaron Crone, Corona Roosevelt, 6-1, 180, Jr. Has good receivers to help.

Jake Geringer, Newbury Park, 6-2, 205, Sr. Passed for 2,251 yards, 22 TDs.

Joseph Gray, Dorsey, 6-1, 180, Sr. Passed for 1,932 yards and 18 TDs.

Max Heltzer, Harvard-Westlake, 6-0, 210, Sr. Had 17 TD passes.

Jonathan Jerozal, Canyon Country Canyon, 5-11, 170, Jr. Passed for 2,124 yards.

Dylan Lagarde, Los Alamitos, 5-11, 180, Jr. Made good summer impression.

Hunter Merryman, Pasadena Poly, 6-5, 220, Sr. Three-sport athlete with strong arm.

Brett Nelson, St. Francis, 6-3, 215, Sr. Left-hander finally gets to show what he can do.

Jerry Neuheisel, Loyola, 6-3, 180, Sr. Was vastly improved at end of last season.

Kenny Potter, San Pedro, 6-3, 195, Jr. Has potential to be All-City player.

Rio Ruiz, Bishop Amat, 6-1, 185, Jr. Great athlete, great competitor.

Travis Santiago, Charter Oak, 5-11, 180, Jr. Passed for 1,629 yards, 16 TDs.

Mack Spees, El Toro, 6-4, 190, Sr. Transfer from Virginia has ability.

Kenny Stenhouse, Crespi, 6-3, 170, Sr. Ready for breakthrough season.

Christian Tago, Highland, 6-1, 190, Jr. Has strong arm and lots of ability.

Marquis Thompson, Crenshaw, 5-9, 182, Sr. All he does is deliver victories.

Torey Whitfield, Hamilton, 5-11, 180, Sr. Led team to City Division II title.

Troy Williams, Narbonne, 6-2, 175, So. Can be a standout.

Travis Wilson, San Clemente, 6-5, 195, Jr. Has size, arm to be effective.

Michael Yearwood, Arroyo Valley, 5-10, 190, Sr. Ran for 1,127 yards, passed for 2,306

Running Backs

Jared Baker, Loyola, 5-9, 187, Sr. Arizona commit is going to get the ball often

Kevin Ervin, Sun Valley Poly, 5-11, 180, Sr. Scored 35 TDs, averaging 13.5 yards per carry

Todd Handley, Riverside King, 5-9, 180, Sr. Rushed for 1,343 yards, 16 TDs

Kyle Lewis, Downey, 6-2, 190, Sr. His speed is going to create problems

Steven Manfro, Valencia, 5-11, 185, Sr. One of the most versatile players

Elijhaa Penny, Norwalk, 6-2, 240, Sr. Rushed for 1,569 yards, 22 TDs

Kawan Rally, El Camino Real, 5-11, 225, Jr. Rushed for 1,100 yards as a sophomore

Superiorr Reid, Arlington, 6-3, 220, Sr. Rushed for 2,390 yards, 33 TDs

Nick Richardson, Los Alamitos, 5-8, 155, Sr. Rushed for 1,906 yards, 15 TDs

De’Anthony Thomas, Crenshaw, 5-11, 175, Sr. He runs with speed, power and passion

Malcolm Thomas, Panorama, 5-9, 200, Sr. Rushed for 1,806 yards, 20 TDs

Kelsey Young, Norco, 5-11, 190, Sr. Stanford commit is bruising runner


Corbin Anderson, Mater Dei, 5-10, 190, Sr. Must come through for Monarchs

Donta Abron, Upland, 5-8, 185, Jr. Rushed for 1,356 at Alta Loma

Ishmael Adams, Oaks Christian, 5-9, 185, Jr. Transfer from Atlanta is supposed to be ready

Tony Bell, Locke, 6-0, 190, Sr. Committed to San Diego State

Matt Bowen, Fairfax, 5-6, 205, Sr. Has rushed for nearly 4,500 yards in his career

Teondray Caldwell, Venice, 5-10, 180, Sr. Will be an All-City player

Anthony Charles, Verbum Dei, 5-7, 165, Jr. Rushed for 1,497 yards

Tyler Ervin, Colton, 5-11, 165, Sr. Rushed for 1,408 yards, 13 TDs

Matt Fregoso, Rosemead, 5-9, 170, Sr. Rushed for 1,453 yards

Nephi Garcia, Palm Springs, 5-7, 180, Sr. Showed potential averaging nine yards per carry

Kristaan Ivory, L.A. Cathedral, 5-9, 195, Sr. Scored 16 TDs and has 4.0 GPA

Nico Jackson, El Toro, 5-10, 155, Sr. Had three games rushing over 150 yards

Roger Jones, Compton, 5-8, 165, Jr. Has big-play ability

Dallas Kessman, Mission Viejo, 5-10, 192, Sr. Dependable runner with toughness

B.J. Lee, West Covina, 5-6, 160, Sr. Runs 10.61 for 100 meters

Robert Lewis, South East, 5-9, 150, Jr. Rushed for 1,085 yards as a sophomore

Saladin McCullough, Alemany, 5-9, 170, Sr. Speed is his big asset

Tavior Mowry, Westlake, 5-8, 180, Sr. Best in Marmonte League

Khalfani Muhammad, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, 5-9, 170, So. Has speed to be a standout

Dillon Pretzinger, Rim of the World, 6-0, 190, Sr. Rushed for 2,138 yards, 26 TDs

Chase Price, Diamond Ranch, 5-7, 200, Sr. Fullback who’s committed to San Diego State

Aaron Puls, Bishop, 6-2, 215, Sr. Has 4.5 GPA and can run

Shaquille Richard, Gardena Serra, 5-9, 175, Sr. Will be counted on to take pressure off QB

Cody Rogina, Los Osos, 5-8, 165, Sr. Had 11 touchdowns last season

Zach Shay, Bishop Amat, 5-8, 170, Jr. Will be Lancers’ TD machine

Dion Willis, Carson, 5-10, 185, Sr. Will score lots of TDs

Joel Willis, Garden Grove Pacifica, 5-10, 180, Sr. Top athlete with speed

Wide Receivers

Antoine Arnold, Chaparral, 6-5, 190, Sr. Has great talent and ability

Victor Blackwell, Mater Dei, 6-1, 185, Sr. USC commit with terrific speed

Devon Blackmon, Summit, 6-1, 180, Sr. One of the best athletes in SoCal

George Farmer, Gardena Serra, 6-2, 210, Sr. Has speed, power, toughness and hands

Gabriel Marks, Venice, 6-0, 175, Jr. Has a burst of speed and terrific hands

Richard Mullaney, Thousand Oaks, 6-3, 190, Sr. Caught 80 passes as a junior

Jordan Payton, Oaks Christian, 6-2, 190, Jr. USC commit has great strength

Darius Powe, Lakewood, 6-2, 190, Jr. He’s long, lean and explosive

Bryce Treggs, St. John Bosco, 6-0, 170, Jr. Knows how to get open and make the catch

Nelson Spruce, Westlake, 6-1, 195, Sr. Made 18 TD catches with his strong hands


Brett Bartolone, La Habra, 6-0, 180, Jr. Caught 12 TDs last season

Sam Boyd, Corona Roosevelt, 6-4, 230, Sr. Passes the eyeball test

Julian Brooks, Sierra Canyon, 6-3, 190, Jr. Athletic, jumps, makes catches

Josh Clark, Granada Hills Hillcrest Christian, 6-3, 190, Jr. Made 16 TD receptions

Larry Clark, Venice, 6-3, 200, Sr. Three-year starter

Shane Drozdowski, Alemany, 6-2, 180, Sr. Makes tough catches

Jemond Hazely, Corona Santiago, 6-1, 170, Sr. San Diego State commit caught 44 passes

Blair Holliday, Oaks Christian, 6-0, 185, Sr. Duke commit led team in receptions with 48

Alex Jackson, Culver City, 5-11, 170, Jr. Explosive player with terrific speed

Adam Judnich, La Quinta, 5-9, 175, Sr. Averaged 23.4 yards per catch

Chris Kearney, Dana Hills, 6-0, 180, Sr. Caught 65 passes, 7 TDs

Kenny Lawler, Upland, 6-1, 170, Jr. Has lots of talent

Devin Lucien, Crespi, 6-1, 195, Sr. Has hands and strength to be a standout

Austin McBroom, Campbell Hall, 5-10, 175, Sr. Versatile athlete who makes things happen

Remontay McClain, Covina, 6-1, 190, Sr. State champion in 100 and 200

Brendan McKinney, Chaminade, 6-4, 190, Jr. All-leaguer with improving speed

Patrick Onwuasor, Inglewood, 6-0, 175, Sr. Has 4.5 40-yard speed

Chris Paul, Laguna Beach, 6-1, 170, Sr. Has 26 career TD catches

Josh Perkins, Gahr, 6-3, 215, Sr. Washington commit caught 9 TD passes

Paul Pitts, Los Osos, 6-1, 185, Sr. Big-play weapon

Eli Pleasant, La Palma Kennedy, 6-0, 175, Jr. Made big progress as a sophomore

Joel Porchia, Cathedral, 6-0, 170, Sr. Ready to take over Anthony Jefferson role

David Richards, Palmdale, 6-3, 185, Sr. Averaged almost 22 yards per reception

Dennis Rufus, Charter Oak, 6-2, 190, Sr. Caught 10 TDs

Larry Scott, Corona Centennial, 6-1, 170, Sr. Made 36 catches, 7 TDs

Nate Shaw, Ayala, 6-1, 185, Jr. Has potential to be a standout

Anthony Sheffield, West Adams, 6-3, 185 Sr. Committed to San Diego State

Richard Smith, Long Beach Poly, 5-9, 150, Jr. Has speed to be big-play threat

Trey Smith, Oaks Christian, 6-1, 178, Sr. Makes clutch catches

Logan Sweet, Santa Margarita, 6-1, 190, Sr. He’s back from injury, ready to make impact

Sam Stekol, Mira Costa, 6-3, 195, Sr. Was a summer standout in passing leagues

Travis Talianko, St. Francis, 6-1, 190, Jr. Caught 52 passes as a sophomore

Chris Walker, Reseda, 6-1, 185, Sr. Best in Valley Mission League

Kodi Whitfield, Loyola, 6-3, 190, Jr. Will be one of the best in Serra League

Dominique Williams, Garey, 6-4, 190, Sr. Three-sport athlete caught 45 passes for 1,213 yards

Drew Wolitarsky, Canyon Country Canyon, 6-1, 175, So. Caught 40 passes as a freshman

Tight Ends

Dominique Bierria, Carson, 6-4, 230, Sr. Has size to be effective.

Christian Diehm, San Pedro, 6-5, 220, Sr. Makes tough catches.

Wallace Gonzalez, Bishop Amat, 6-5, 235, Sr. Top two-sport athlete.

Ainslie Johnson, Servite, 6-1, 210, Jr. Made big impression as a sophomore.

Christo Kourtzidis, Orange Lutheran, 6-4, 230, Jr. Will be a Pac-10 recruit.

Earnest Pettway, Long Beach Poly, 6-4, 235, Sr. Two-sport standout is smart and agile.

Junior Pomee, Rancho Verde, 6-3, 220, Sr. Top college prospect who blocks, makes catches.

Atlas Smith, Segerstrom, 6-4, 225, Sr. Caught four touchdown passes last season.

Jeremiah Valoaga, Channel Islands, 6-5, 218, Jr. Volleyball standout is headed for big-time status.

Dillon van der Wal, Oaks Christian, 6-7, 230, Sr. His size makes him unique for position.


Shelton Hill, Santa Clara, 6-4, 245, Sr. New offense, new opportunities.

Bryan Rivas, L.A. University, 6-3, 215, Jr. Has lots of catching potential.

Beau Sandland, Simi Valley, 6-5, 225, Sr. Had 22 receptions.

Weston Walker, Atascadero, 6-4, 230, Sr. He’s athletic and can make tough catches.