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High school running backs to watch

August 25, 2013
  • Crenshaw running back Jacob Knight, left, will be one to watch in 2013.
Crenshaw running back Jacob Knight, left, will be one to watch in 2013. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

Running backs to watch

Justin Huff, Downey, 5-11, 200, Jr. Rushed for 2,364 yards as a sophomore

Johnell Jackson, Narbonne, 6-0, 180, Sr. Three-year starter for City champions

Jacob Knight, Crenshaw, 6-0, 180, Sr. Has speed, toughness, intelligence

Donovan Lee, Chaminade, 5-9, 170, Sr. Ready to replace Terrell Newby

Daniel Marx, Mission Viejo, 6-2, 245, Sr. Fullback committed to Stanford

Rashaad Penny, Norwalk, 6-0, 180, Sr. Had nearly 1,900 yards, 30 touchdowns

Demario Richard, Palmdale, 5-10, 200, Sr. Watch how many ways he scores

D.J. Riggins, Oaks Christian, 5-10, 170, Sr. Made summer improvement

Kurt Scoby, Monrovia, 5-8, 215, Sr. He's eligible and ready to roll

P.J. Walker, Citrus Hill, 5-10, 195, Sr. San Diego State commit rushed for 1,922 yards

Tre Watson, Corona Centennial, 5-10, 190, Sr. California commit is ready for big year

Others

Justin Allen, Mater Dei, 6-0, 180, Sr. Finally, Monarchs will have a running game

T.J. Ashmeade, Katella, 6-2, 175, Sr. Rushed for 1,840 yards, 19 touchdowns

Josh Best, West Covina, 5-9, 185, Sr. He's fast and finally healthy

Deven Boston, Buena Park, 6-1, 205, Sr. Gained 1,928 yards, 23 touchdowns

Oronde Crenshaw, Costa Mesa, 6-1, 205, Sr. Had games of 275, 307 and 295 yards

Dominic Davis, Alemany, 5-11, 185, Jr. Ran 10.71 in 100 meters

Austin DeFreitas, Woodbridge, 6-1, 200, Sr. Rushed for 2,111 yards, 21 touchdowns

Nico Evans, Loyola, 5-8, 190, Sr. Will benefit from strong offensive line

Casey Eugenio, JSerra, 5-9, 193, Sr. All-Trinity League performer

Wesley Hill, San Gorgonio, 5-11, 180, Jr. Rushed for more than 1,000 yards at Cajon

Darick Holmes, Oaks Christian, 5-8, 170, Jr. Has big-play potential

Kishawn Holmes, Vista Murrieta, 5-8, 178, Sr. Showed ability as a junior

Joe Jeffers, Beaumont, 5-7, 175, Sr. Rushed for 1,903 yards

Lee Jones, Sierra Vista, 5-8, 160, Sr. Rushed for 1,985 yards, 20 touchdowns

Ruben Kelly, Arlington, 5-9, 170, Sr. Rushed for 1,434 yards

Alijah Lee, Venice, 5-9, 170, Sr. All-City back rushed for more than 1,400 yards

Tayler Livingston, Nordhoff, 5-10, 165, Sr. Rushed for 1,535 yards, 20 touchdowns

Taylor May, Arleta, 5-11, 175, Sr. Three-year starter

Jeremy McNichols, Santa Margarita, 5-8, 175, Sr. Committed to Utah

Semaj Miller, Canoga Park, 5-8, 180, Sr. Should be big-play weapon

Andrew Moore, Servite, 6-0, 221, Sr. If he stays healthy, beware

Lavell Thompson, South Gate, 5-8, 165, Jr. Ran for 824 yards as a sophomore

Alex Suchesk, Mission Viejo, 5-10, 185, Sr. Speed makes him dangerous back

Nate Tayco, Rio Hondo Prep, 5-9, 150, Sr. Scored 29 touchdowns

Daevon Vigilant, Carson, 5-9, 190, So. Hightly regarded young player

James Williams, Burbank, 5-10, 185, Jr. Rushed for 1,443 yards

Cory Young, Norco, 5-11, 180, Sr. Ready for big season behind top line

—Compiled by Eric Sondheimer

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