Top Football Prospects
LB Alex Bertrando of Del Oro to Nevada
The Bee's Defensive Player of the Year
TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick of Whitney to USC
At 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick stars at tight end and defensive end.
LB D.J. Dunn of Pleasant Grove to Air Force
Grove's D.J. Dunn catches a 30-yard touchdown pass from Cody Demps in front of Folsom defender Kyle Hampton during the first quarter. Demps passed for two touchdowns.
OL Josh Letuligasenoa of Elk Grove to Cal Poly
Senior linebacker Josh Letuligasenoa and other captains mentor the Thundering Herd's younger players.
OL Steven Moore of Elk Grove to Cal
Steven Moore is a 6-foot-7 nationally recruited lineman. His contributions and those of his linemates have helped Elk Grove's wing-T attack average 383 rushing yards and eight touchdowns a game.
WR Doug Vernon of Folsom to Cornell
Grant defensive back Isaiah Taylor races away from Folsom's Doug Vernon following an interception.
RB John Wiernicki of Liberty Ranch to Air Force
John Wiernicki of Liberty Ranch in Galt leads the state in rushing with 1,171 yards in six games. He has run for 17 touchdowns.
QB Austin Young of Colfax to Southern Utah
Austin Young of Colfax continues a long line of talented quarterbacks for the Falcons. As an All-Pioneer Valley League player last season, he passed for 25 touchdowns.
The 2011 high school football season was another marker of athletic excellence in the Sacramento region, focusing attention from across the country on many of the area's talented players. Here is a gallery of photographs of many of the players who are expected to sign national letters of intent and continue their football careers in college.