Joe Davidson

The Sacramento Bee’s prep football preseason player rankings: Nos. 26-50

Del Oro’s Carson Jarratt takes a snap against the Inderkum Tigers in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II second-round playoff game, Nov. 17, 2017.
Del Oro’s Carson Jarratt takes a snap against the Inderkum Tigers in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II second-round playoff game, Nov. 17, 2017. Special to The Bee

Compiling a list of top players in any sport at any level is purely subjective, but not complete guess work.

So here we are, gluttons for punishment in our effort to unveil The Sacramento Bee’s first Top 50 list. Just as well strap me to a blocking sled and unleash the overlooked for additional grief, right?

We’re confident in our top players, but, really, who’s to say that No. 12 on this list is any better than No. 27? Or 44? Or 50?

Not all of these players will land scholarships as fewer than 2 percent of high school athletes in the U.S. receive rides. Size, skills, grades, effort, character and film that pops land players on the recruiting radar.

There are tens of thousands of prep players competing and scrambling for hundreds of scholarships, so the math never adds up favorably. When he heard we were compiling a list, Sheldon assistant coach Dale Ellingsworth smiled and said, “You mean Folsom and then everyone else?” Something like that.

The Top 50 was compiled based on college recruiting projections, past performances, input from area coaches, media and scouts, as well as personal observations.

The Bee’s preseason player rankings, Nos. 1-25

These players were on the cusp of the rankings

In this installment, we break down Nos. 26-50 of the top high school football players entering the 2018 season:

26. Carter Sullivan, Antelope, OLB/TE, 6-3, 225

He can catch touchdowns as a tight end and make stops, including five sacks, for a 10-2 team that plays Folsom early.

27. Gage King, Oak Ridge, TE, 6-4, 240

Lesson to all who want scholarship rides: Learn to long snap. It’s done wonders for King, also a fine tight end.

28. Dean Rice, River Valley, OT, 6-4, 280

A fast-rising program includes a fast-rising prospect with offers from Fresno State, among others.

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Grant High School’s Paris Warren runs through blocking drills on the first day of practice on Aug. 7, 2017, in Del Paso Heights. Jose Luis Villegas Sacramento Bee file


29. Paris Warren Jr., Grant, WR/TE, 6-2, 210

His father by the same name was a national recruit in 2001 and played in the NFL and says the son can be better. Son loves the pressure.

30. Brandon Knott, Inderkum, DT, 6-2, 255

More offers are expected once the season starts to roll as there’s always a need for active stoppers.

31. Jackson Canaan, Jesuit, OLB, 6-3, 220

An aggressive tackler and a defensive leader, Canaan has Mountain West offers, including San Jose State. Can also run the ball.

32. Tyler Hardeman, Folsom, DT, 6-3, 265

It’s not just the O-Line that gets the job done with this program. The pass rushers make plays, too.

33. DeShawn Lynch, Folsom, DL/OL, 6-4, 270

The sight of Lynch charging downfield on special teams to upend foes had people wondering how good he can be.

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Jesuit’s Jackson Canaan, bottom, tackles Folsom’s Daniyel Ngata in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I third-round playoff game Nov. 24, 2017. Brian Baer Special to The Bee

34. Isaiah Ward, Inderkum, RB/LB, 6-1, 205

The program’s next versatile leader, Ward has Big Sky Conference interest for his ability to run and tackle.

35. Kaden Richardson, Folsom, C, 6-1, 255

The kid brother of Kooper (set to be a starting tackle at UC Davis), Kaden has come into his own as an excellent student and leader of the line.

36. Calder Kunde, Bear River, WR/DB, 6-3, 195

Dazzled in playoffs last year with runs and defensive plays and is among program’s greatest talents.

37. Cade Wyant, Rocklin, QB, 6-1, 190

Fast becoming the best QB at the dinner table as father Drew was a Sacramento State leader in the 1980s.

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Rocklin’s Cade Wyant passes against Oak Ridge on Oct. 6, 2017. Brian Baer Special to The Bee

38. Tyler Green, Christian Brothers, DB/WR, 5-11, 180

Burst onto the scene as a sophomore with 12 interceptions in helping the Falcons to their best era since 1980s.

39. Tommy Turner, Lincoln, QB, 6-4, 190

A pro-style drop-back passer in an era of the spread, TT has the size and skills to spark recruiting interest.

40. Parker Clayton, Folsom, WR/DB, 6-1, 185

A superb student and a versatile player on a team full of them, Clayton helped turn games in 2017 with catches and stops.

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Christian Brothers’ Tyler Green (7) celebrates his touchdown, making the score 7-7 after the point after attempt was good, during the first quarter against Jesuit in the Holy Bowl at Hughes Stadium at Sacramento City College, Sept. 9, 2017. Brian Baer Special to The Bee

41. Joe Wagner, Folsom, 6-4, OL, 265

A lineman leader as the motto has been, “keep the quarterback upright,” Wagner has an offer from Sacramento State.

42. Carson Jarratt, Del Oro, QB, 6-3, 200

A big senior season will do wonders for Jarratt and Del Oro, as recruiters remind that film does not lie.

43. Carter Krupp, Woodcreek, QB/DB, 6-1, 185

A one-man army with Swiss Army Knife skills, Krupp rarely leaves the field. An all-time program great.

44. Will Buck, Capital Christian, DL, 6-0, 240

Prime example where rankings don’t do this man justice. He’s a stopper with good grades and character.

45. Marshall Chapman, Placer, RB/DB, 5-11, 175

A key player for a team that reached a CIF state final, Chapman’s versatility will get him on the recruiting radar.

46. Levi Markey, Del Campo, 5-11, RB, 210

The program’s next grinder of a back is a reminder that there’s always room in college for a guy of his size and drive.

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Del Campo’s Levi Markey looks for running room against Sacramento in a Sac-Joaquin Section football playoff second-round game in Carmichael on Nov. 16, 2017. Jose Luis Villegas Sacramento Bee file

47. Dawson Fay, Nevada Union, RB/LB, 6-1, 185

Plays hard and inspired, including competing for two beloved teammates who died in a spring car crash.

48. Elijah King, Cosumnes Oaks, WR/DB, 5-11, 170

One of the team’s top leaders is also a top student as Ivy League and Big Sky Conference schools have expressed interest.

49. Tyson Ybarra, Rio Linda, QB/DB, 6-0, 175

Won games with his playmaking skills, leadership and with stops in the secondary. Never mind the size – heart.

50. Cameron Skattebo, Rio Linda, RB/LB, 5-10, 205

Powerhouse runners and tacklers like this often find a college home.

You voted for these football players as preps of the week during the 2017 high school season. Joe Davidson broke down their performances. Take a look.

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