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