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The Times' high school football preview: Top running backs

A list of the top prep running backs in the Southland.

August 20, 2012|Eric Sondheimer
  • Lompoc running back Lavon Coleman rushed for 2,038 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior.
Lompoc running back Lavon Coleman rushed for 2,038 yards and 26 touchdowns… (Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles…)

Running backs to watch:

Anterio Bateman, Gardena Serra, 5-8, 180, Sr. He likes scoring on long touchdown runs.

Lavon Coleman, Lompoc, 5-11, 210, Sr. Washington commit runs over defenders.

Salesi Eteaki, Servite, 6-0, 200, Sr. He's healthy and ready to score touchdowns in bunches.

Zachary Green, St. Bonaventure, 5-10, 220, Sr. Arizona commit can be tough to bring down.

Craig Lee, Redlands, 5-10, 180, Sr. Top back in Inland Empire after rushing for 1,531 yards.

Khalfani Muhammad, SO Notre Dame, 5-8, 175, Sr. His speed can't be duplicated.

Terrell Newby, Chaminade, 5-10, 180, Sr. Rushed for 2,117 yards, 34 touchdowns.

Demario Richard, Palmdale, 5-10, 180, Jr. Has 4.5 40-yard speed.

Kurt Scoby, St. Paul, 5-8, 190, Jr. Charter Oak transfer is big-time back.

Gerard Wicks, Long Beach Poly, 5-10, 185, Sr. Washington State commit is hard runner.

Others

Joseph Ajeigbe, Norco, 5-8, 200, Sr. Rushed for 1,573 yards, 18 touchdowns.

Chris Anderson, Hemet West Valley, 5-9, 180, Sr. Rushed for 1,304 yards, 17 touchdowns.

Dionza Blue, Bishop Amat, 5-11, 180, Sr. Capable of having big season.

Wyatt Bradford, Loyola, 5-9, 195, Sr. Rushed for 900 yards while slowed by injury.

Osirius Burke, Quartz Hill, 5-9, 195, Sr. Rushed for 1,658 yards, 25 touchdowns.

Jakob Certeza, Great Oak, 6-0, 205, Sr. Rushed for 1,376 yards.

Cherokee Cunningham, Santa Barbara, 5-10, 175, Jr. Had five games over 100 yards rushing.

Nathan DeBeikes, Thousand Oaks, 6-1, 200, Sr. Brigham Young commit is versatile, tough.

Shavony Drew, Fountain Valley, 6-0, 210, Sr. Compton Centennial transfer has speed.

Casey Eugenio, JSerra, 5-9, 180, Jr. Had 16 touchdowns as a sophomore.

Lance Fernandez, Garfield, 5-9, 195, Sr. Should be 1,000-yard rusher.

Dezel Foster, Riverside North, 5-9, 200, Sr. Rushed for 1,434 yards, 13 touchdowns.

Cameron French, Antelope Valley, 5-9, 170, Jr. Showed sophomore potential.

Richard Gray, Channel Islands, 5-10, 200, Sr. Rushed for 1,528 yards, 10 touchdowns.

Isaiah Hastings, Birmingham, 5-10, 185, Sr. Rushed for 1,113 yards, 10 touchdowns.

Darick Holmes, Oaks Christian, 5-8, 170, So. Muir transfer has lots of ability.

Kishawn Holmes, Vista Murrieta, 5-8, 165, Jr. Transfer rushed for 1,275 yards as a sophomore.

Ryan Hunley, Bellflower, 5-10, 185, Sr. Rushed for 1,308 yards, 11 touchdowns.

Tony Ingram, Carson, 5-9, 185, Sr. A big-play weapon.

Kyle Jean, Van Nuys, 5-10, 170, Sr. Rushed for nearly 1,000 yards.

Okalani Langi, Crespi, 5-8, 190, So. Runs with passion.

DaMarquis Longmire, Jefferson, 6-3, 190, Jr. A Division I talent in the making.

Alijah Lee, Venice, 5-8, 180, Jr. An elusive tailback.

Drake Martinez, Laguna Beach, 6-2, 195, Sr. Rushed for 1,889 yards, 27 touchdowns.

Xavier Menefield, Sierra Canyon, 5-11, 185, Sr. Northwestern commit rushed for 1,494, 28 touchdowns.

Khyree Morgan, Canoga Park, 5-8, 168, Sr. Rushed for 1,191 yards, 14 touchdowns.

Andrew Moore, Servite, 6-0, 230, Jr. Big, punishing runner.

Robert Murtha, Estancia, 5-9, 170, Sr. Rushed for 2,215 yards, 19 touchdowns.

Troy Poole, Esperanza, 6-2, 190, Sr. Rushed for 1,688 yards, 17 touchdowns.

Deshone Randall, Alemany, 5-10, 180 Sr. Watch him pass 1,000 yards rushing.

Steven Reed, Glenn, 5-8, 160, Sr. Rushed for 1,560 yards, 15 touchdowns.

Sonny Roa, Segerstrom, 5-9, 175, Sr. Rushed for 1,215 yards, nine touchdowns.

Malik Roberson, Gardena Serra, 5-8, 170, So. Everyone's going to know about him soon.

Skyler Seibold, Chaparral, 6-1, 200, Sr. Rushed for 943 yards, 10 touchdowns.

Kendell Sparks, Carson, 5-9, 185, Sr. A student who picks up yards.

Allan Stubbs, Elsinore, 5-9, 160, Sr. Rushed for 1,550 yards, 17 touchdowns.

Jacob Taylor, Rim of the World, 5-11, 170, Sr. Rushed for 2,546 yards, 27 touchdowns.

Nate Tago, Tesoro, 5-11, 210, Sr. Had a 287-yard rushing performance.

Kendall Tillman, View Park, 5-10, 160, Sr. Rushed for 1,376 yards, 10 touchdowns.

Gregory Thomas, San Pedro, 5-9, 178, Sr. Had 78-yard run against Crenshaw.

Josh Vizcaya, Brea Olinda, 5-8, 195, Sr. Rushed for 1,453 yards, 21 touchdowns.

Darren Walker, St. John Bosco, 5-9, 190, Sr. Fastest player on team.

Tyan Washington, Rancho Cucamonga, 5-9, 160, Sr. Rushed for 1,442 yards, 12 touchdowns.

Ryan Wolpin, Santa Margarita, 5-9, 190, Sr. Rushed for 1,541 yards, 29 touchdowns.

DaVonte Young, Tustin, 5-10, 185, Sr. Last chance to show what he can do.

David Young, Rubidoux, 6-1, 190, Sr. League most valuable player.

Omar Younger, Maranatha, 5-8, 170, Sr. Rushed for 1,275 yards.

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