One of the strongest, and deepest, cornerback crops in the state in a long time is led by Golden, from the DB Factory at Edison. Dye and Hester, future teammates, are two more excellent corners, and Howell is one of the best pure athletes in California.
1. Robert Golden, Fresno (Calif.) Edison- Arizona
Coach says he may be the best corner to come through Edison, high praise given their tradition.
2. Anthony Dye, Corona (Calif.) Santiago- UCLA
Former hockey player has good speed, good instincts and great footwork.
3. Aaron Hester, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez- UCLA
Will team with Dye in Westwood for an excellent cornerback duo.
4. Delano Howell, Newhall (Calif.) Hart- Stanford
Made his mark in high school as a running back, but cornerback is where he’ll have an impact in college.
5. Clint Floyd, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
The MVP of the B2G Elite Football Program this summer, Floyd is also an excellent receiver.
6. Kevin Frank, Elk Grove (Calif.)
Leads Elk Grove’s offense as a quarterback, but his future is in the secondary.
7. Marcus Turner, Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo- Stanford
The son of the former NFL safety of the same name, Turner has the smarts and savvy for the Pac-10.
8. Anthony Gobern, Fair Oaks (Calif.) Del Campo- Washington
Helped lead Del Campo to the CIF Section title as both a running back and defensive back.
9. Rashad Evans, Union City (Calif.) James Logan
Had a section leading seven interceptions as a junior and returned two punts for scores.
10. Steven Christian, Sacramento (Calif.) Kennedy
Has good speed and has a lot of versatility, playing numerous positions.
The Next 10 (in alphabetical order):
Adam Long, Playa Del Rey (Calif.) St. Bernard’s
Andrew Abbott, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Anthony Young, Ontario (Calif.) Colony
Arteze Spicer, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)
B.J. Iverson, Corona (Calif.) Santiago
Brenan Ghassemieh, Anaheim Hills (Calif.) Canyon
Isaiah Frey, Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit
Jalen Hamilton-Haywood, Sacramento (Calif.) Valley
Jamar Taylor, La Mesa (Calif.) Helix
Manoah Wesson, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Others Cornerbacks to Watch:
A.J. Ellis, San Jose (Calif.) Andrew Hill
Ahmad Wood, San Pedro (Calif.)
Beau Avila, Lemoore (Calif.)
Gary Anderson, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne
Jonathan Warzeka, Lake Elsinore (Calif.) Temescal Canyon
Josh Wade, San Diego (Calif.) Point Loma
Larelle Muldrow, Pittsburg (Calif.)
Paul Slack, San Mateo (Calif.) Aragon
Que Sean Gregory, Venice (Calif.)
Tiuke Tuipulotu, San Mateo (Calif.) Serra
Moore and Woods give UCLA an outstanding safety tandem, while Hurrell, a linebacker in high school, projects to be an impact safety for Cal. McAllister is the top quarterback in NorCal, but he’ll play safety at USC. Telemaque continues the long line of outstanding Poly safeties, the same for Leslie at Edison.
1. Rahim Moore, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey- UCLA
One of the best safety prospects out of the state in the last few years, Moore has 14 picks the past two seasons.
2. E.J. Woods, Encino (Calif.) Crespi- UCLA
Woods is also a potential bigtime running back, but his first love is safety.
3. J.P. Hurrell, San Mateo (Calif.) Serra- Cal
The playmaking linebacker will suit up in the secondary for the Golden Bears.
4. Drew McAllister, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista- USC
An excellent athlete, McAllister is the top quarterback in NorCal, but USC loves him at safety.
5. Vaughn Telemaque, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Had probably the best summer of any defensive player in the Golden State.
6. Brandon Leslie, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
After missing junior season with a shoulder injury, Leslie is ready to roll as a senior for the Tigers’ vaunted secondary.
7. John Boyett, Napa (Calif.)- Oregon
Boyett was one of the most prolific players in California as a junior, doing a little bit of everything.
8. Johnathan Franklin, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey- UCLA
Franklin has done a little of everything, playing running back, receiver, defensive end, linebacker and safety.
9. Daniel Cannon, San Francisco (Calif.) Riordan
Cannon was one of the toughest players to complete a pass on, picking off nine passes in 2006.
10. Daniel Sorensen, Colton (Calif.)- BYU
Sorensen loves to hit, but he’s also tough to pass on, intercepting seven passes last fall.
The Next 10 (in alphabetical order):
Austin Day, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill
Brett Lancaster, Irvine (Calif.) University
Chad Davis, Salinas (Calif.) Palma
Charles Germany-Satchell, Milpitas (Calif.)
Eric Hicks, Norco (Calif.)
Houston Roots, Rio Linda (Calif.)
Mark Scudder, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)
Sean Westgate, Oak Park (Calif.)
Vince Ewing, Carlsbad (Calif.)
William Scudder, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)
Others Safeties to Watch:
A.J. Corbella, Scotts Valley (Calif.)
Dominick Reyes, Hesperia (Calif.)
Eric Guy, Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Eric Stein, Carpenteria (Calif.)
Evan Love, San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch
Joshua Foley, Norco (Calif.)
Julio Segura, South Gate (Calif.) SouthEast
Kalii Robinson, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
Kevyn Lewis, Sacramento (Calif.) Foothill
Michael Bogard, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison