Sacramento area preps players to watch

Published: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2013 - 8:50 am

The Bee's Joe Davidson takes a closer look at players worth watching this season:

HIDDEN GEMS

• T.J. Bolden, TE/DE, Lincoln, 6-2, 215: His coaches say Bolden dresses in a phone booth just like Superman. But even in this cellphone era, the compliment sticks.

• Quenton Hagen, LB, El Camino, 6-2, 225: A tackling machine who keyed an Eagles resurgence, Hagen also lays out people on returns as the program's best college prospect in years.

• Junior Jenkins, LB, Highlands, 6-1, 225: Not only did he make 174 tackles in 2012, J.J. is equally impressive as an honors student with rising interest from colleges.

• Devin Jones, DB/WR, Woodland, 5-11, 170: Fast with superb coverage skills and a threat on kickoff returns, Jones is the hottest Woodland prospect since older brother Dalen, now at Fresno State.

• Trey Olsen, TE/DE, Oakmont, 6-5, 225: An Ivy League scholar prospect, Olsen can disrupt games as a tackler, blocker or receiver. 

TOP LINEMEN

• Kolton Miller, Roseville, 6-8, 285: The Tigers' best college prospect since Tedy Bruschi in 1990, Miller has an ideal build and skill set for an offensive tackle, yet he mostly talks about his teammates.

• Nifae Lealao, Capital Christian, 6-5, 285: Quick on his feet, the strong defensive end has the sort of grades that has Stanford blowing up his phone.

• Ngalu Tapa, Burbank, 6-3, 295: A defensive tackle with size and strength, Tapa aims to improve on the 23 1/2 sacks he recorded in 2012 despite double teams.

• Kameron Schroeder, Cosumnes Oaks, 6-6, 275: A 4.3 student headed to Duke, the offensive tackle cracks that he's available to tutor all comers, or pancake them if they charge in opposing colors.

• Emileo and Elias Campos, Del Oro, 6-2, 270: Carbon copies in size and personality, and virtually inseparable brothers, the Campos twins offer strength, experience and comedic charm.

DEFENSIVE STOPPERS

• Joey Banks, LB, Franklin, 6-0, 190: The top returner for a 12-1 team that was gutted by graduation, Banks looks to lead another title run while ransacking offenses geared to attack him. He is generating recruiting interest.

• B'won Canada, DE, Elk Grove, 6-1, 185: He uses quickness to zip past blockers with a motor that overcomes lack of size. His teammates are concerned by his growls – true story. 

• Tanner Woods, Del Oro, 6-1, 250: Eyeing a future in the military, he had 10 sacks last season despite double teams, and he dominated summer play and scrimmages.

• Cameron Smith, LB, Granite Bay, 6-3, 240: The leading tackler and enforcer from the Grizzlies' state-title team, Smith said he's a "much better player than I was last year."

• Leonard Skattebo, LB, Rio Linda, 6-1, 255: A player who also craves contact as a fullback, Skattebo is remarkably quick and wins most tackling competitions for a team seeking a section title.

OFFENSIVE WEAPONS

• Tyrel Anderson, QB, Center, 5-9, 160: Anderson may lack size, but good luck cornering him. He passed for 1,501 yards and ran for 889 with 30 total scores in 2012.

• Jake Browning, QB, Folsom, 6-2, 185: After winning Bee top honors last fall as a sophomore with 5,247 yards and 63 TDs for a 14-1 team, what can he do for an encore? More, of course.

• Ernest Jenkins, QB, Burbank, 6-0, 185: Explosive as a triple-option threat for a 12-1 team last season, in which he amassed 2,335 total yards, Jenkins had even more plays added to the sheet.

• Tyler McCombs, QB, Antelope, 6-0, 180: A later bloomer – slipping on a helmet for the first time as a freshman – he learned fast, passing for 2,057 yards and 24 TDs.

• Wadus Parker, RB, Elk Grove, 6-1, 190: It's tradition for the Thundering Herd to feed its running backs – say hello to the next prolific one. He rushed for 1,373 yards and 24 TDs in shared duty last season.

SENIOR LEADERS

• Tommy Arnold, Elk Grove, 5-8, 210: A three-year starter at QB with a 24-3 record, Arnold also plays defensive line, loving the idea of pursuit instead of always being pursued.

• Mitchell Layton, Woodcreek, 6-1, 205: The team's leading rusher can catch passes and block, and the scholar with Ivy League interest mans the secondary and plays on special teams.

• Jacob Sipes, Oak Ridge, 6-4, 175: He may play quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back, as well as kick and punt – all in the same game – for a team coming off a 12-2 season.

• C.J. Spencer, Inderkum, 6-1, 190: A threat to run and pass as a QB facilitating the wing-T, Spencer also plays defense and kicked 40 extra points for a 10-win playoff team.

• Dre Terrell, Pleasant Grove, 5-8, 175: He can throw the deep pass for strikes, run for scores, play special teams and seal games with lock-down plays in the secondary.

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