February 21, 2008

Top valley offensive prospects for 2008

The following athletes will be part of the 2009 class that looks bright for the central valley. Once again Edison High will continue to feed Division I colleges with athletes, but the Tigers will not be the only school college coaches visit this upcoming year.

Top Offensive Prospects:

Alfonso Jackson (Bakersfield High) RB/DB/WR
He's as electrifying of an athlete as there is in the south valley. His versatility is what has college coaches courting him. He finished the season with 12 TDs, nine of those rushing and finished with 1410 all-purpose yards (108 per game).

Jontell Reedom (Tulare Union) RB
He runs a 4.4/4.5 but his vision and ability to make defenders miss is what separates him from the rest of the running backs in the valley this upcoming year. Reedom put up huge numbers as a junior (354 carries, 2707 yds, 25 TDs), and now looks to improve on those numbers.

Marquise Cooper (Edison High) RB/LB
He will graduate at 17 years old, but he's perhaps the toughest Tiger this season. Has the ability to play anywhere on the field and being surrounded with so many great athletes will only make him better. He will be a force this season.

Rolando Jefferson (Edison High) WR
He's got more recruiting letters than Pat Hill can send out in an entire year. Jefferson says the Bulldogs have made contact, but he wants to go further away. USC is eyeing him carefully and he's by far the best wide receiver in the valley this year.

Listed below are ten more athletes to be on the lookout for during the 2009 season. They may not be highly touted right now, but after camps this summer, these kids could open some eyes. They are already well known in the valley, but of course, their goal is to open up the eyes of those outside the central valley.

Top Offensive Sleepers:

Cameron Loeffler (Exeter High) RB
All he did as a junior was finish with 1952 yards and 24 TDs. Loeffler is 5'11 190lbs so he has the size, but plays in D-IV and gets overshadowed by the bigger schools. This kid is a winner and a playmaker.

Cougar Williams (Hanford High) WR/DB
He is good. He is versatile. He is a great athlete. Offense or defense, he's going to cause havoc for all his opponents. Most importantly, is getting himself noticed during this summer or deciding if football is what he wants in college. He's a great point guard as well.

Damon Bragner (Los Banos High) OL
Bragner is a kid with plenty of size, but college coaches don't like to make the trip out to the high school on Highway 152. At 6'3 285lbs, Bragner will have to make a statement at camps and with his athletic ability I believe a college will come knocking on his door by the end of his senior year.

Stefphon Jefferson (El Diamante) RB
He was the backup his junior year, but was the more explosive of the two backs. Jefferson is primed to take over duties full-time in the backfield. It won't be long before the debate/comparisons begin including him and Mr. Reedom.

Stephon Mathis (Merced High) RB
His brother was a good running back at Fresno State (Wendell Mathis), and now the younger Mathis wants his skills to be recognized. Was injured for most of his junior year, but he's explosive, elusive and understands the game of football. Colleges will want his services before too long.

Trent Eskew (Liberty High-Bakersfield) TE
This is a tough position, because it seems tight ends always get overlooked. Eskew is a great athlete with soft hands and in the summer time is when he has to display his talent to college coaches.

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