There is not a whole lot separating the top three players in the state and you can make a strong argument for Gardena (Calif.) Serra's Adoree Jackson, Long Beach Poly's (Calif.) Juju Smith and Oakley (Calif.) Freedom's Joe Mixon as the top overall prospect in the state.
Jackson just edged out the other two but it was close. The athlete is an elite corner prospect, which are always hard to find, but he showed over the summer he's equally as talented on the offensive side of the ball.
Like Jackson, Smith is a two-way standout and can play safety or receiver in college. We have him rated as our top safety nationally but he prefers offense and could easily play on that side as well.
No one had a more impressive summer than Mixon. Running backs rarely impact 7 on 7 play much but Mixon showed he could be the nation's best back out of the backfield showing great hands and body control. Unlike some scat-back types who excel in the passing game, Mixon is a load at 6-1, 210 pounds and is one of the most versatile players in the nation.
Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Damien Mama is the top offensive lineman in the region and one of five Braves players ranked among the top 50 players in the state.
Fresno (Calif.) Central's Michiah Quick rounds out the top five and is yet another two-way standout. He's ranked among the nation's top wide receivers but some feel he could be an even better corner at the next level.
Class of 2014 California Rankings