So are #2 and #3.
Five-star defensive end Ronald Powell, the do-everything "freak" from Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde, and future Florida Gator, ends the year where he started in August, as the West's premier prospect. Along the way, Powell has cemented himself as the #1-defensive player in the country by Scout.com.
Right behind Powell, like he was months ago, is Robert Woods
from Gardena (Calif.) Serra, the premier offensive player in the West and the
top receiver in the country, who's headed to USC.
Jake Heaps is still the top quarterback in the West, and the country, and nothing changed that. The Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline product and BYU commit, sealed that up with a stellar performance all week at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and after leading Skyline to a third straight state title.
Two California running backs, and future rivals, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian's Malcolm Jones and San Diego (Calif.) Mission Bay's Dillon Baxter, are fourth and fifth. Jones is signing with UCLA on Wednesday and Baxter is already enrolled at USC. Jones was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year and Baxter was named the U.S. Army National Player of the Year.
Closing out the top 10 are USC commits George Uko and Xavier Grimble, Oregon
commit Curtis White and Oklahoma commits Brennan Clay and Kenny Stills.
California Rules the Rankings
As expected, California represents over nearly 66 percent of the top 150 in the West. They have a total of 99 prospects in the rankings and here is how the states shake out:
- California: 99
- Arizona: 13
- Hawaii: 12
- Washington: 12
- Utah: 7
- Oregon: 4
- Nevada: 3