The Bee’s Joe Davidson breaks down some of the Sacramento region’s top returning high school senior playmakers for 2015.
Montel Aaron, Antelope, QB
Aaron is poised in the pocket and the best quarterback coach Matt Ray said he’s had. He passed for 1,626 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
Beau Bisharat, Jesuit, RB
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The most heavily recruited skill player in Jesuit’s history will play for Stanford. Last season, he rushed for 1,651 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Neville Bood, Monterey Trail, TE/LB
The Mustangs’ heart and soul leads a small team (in terms of roster numbers) that regularly makes the playoffs.
Ian Book, Oak Ridge, QB
The three-year starter, who passed for 2,025 yards and 18 touchdowns last season, is targeting another league championship before heading to Notre Dame on scholarship.
Eric Brown, Burbank, RB
He’s one of two returning 1,000-yard runners (Michael Roots is the other) in the triple-option for the Titans, who have won five consecutive Metropolitan League titles.
Colby Carrera, Vista del Lago, RB
After bursting onto the scene as a converted linebacker, Carrera set school rushing records with 1,649 yards and 32 touchdowns for the Capital Athletic League champion.
Deshawn Collins, Grant, RB
In his first varsity season, Collins rushed for 2,321 yards and 27 touchdowns for a 14-1 team that won a Sac-Joaquin Section championship.
William Floyd, Rocklin, QB
Stepping in at midseason because of injury, Floyd helped power the Thunder back into the playoffs, passing for 1,299 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Avery Gould, River Valley, QB
Gould passed for 1,606 yards and 19 touchdowns and handed off plenty to returning running back Dante Love, who rushed for 1,111 yards and 10 scores.
Mike Green, Grant, RB
With power and speed, Green rushed for 1,280 yards and 17 touchdowns last season for the Pacers.
Tre Green, Folsom, RB
Along with fellow returning running back Roger Neal, the Bulldogs may set school rushing records after setting regional passing marks last season.
Evyn Holtz, Rocklin, RB
The shifty and quick Holtz, a three-year starter, returns for a Thunder team expecting to compete for the Sierra Foothill League title – and more.
Lamar Jackson, Franklin, DB/RB
The most heavily recruited athlete in Franklin’s 15-year history played running back and quarterback, and is a nationally recruited defensive back.
Jake Jeffrey, Folsom, QB
Quick and explosive with a nice passing touch, he moves from wide receiver (14 touchdown catches last season) for a team that hasn’t lost in section play since 2011.
Jacob Lopez, Franklin, QB
Lopez, a three-year starter, is poised in the pocket and also can run for hard yards for the Delta League-championship hopefuls.
Blake Martin, Vista del Lago, WR
After catching passes for 737 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Capital Athletic League champions, Martin expects to eclipse 1,000 yards this season.
Unique Perez, Cordova, QB
Perez helped lead the Lancers back to the brink of the playoffs last season, passing for 1,659 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Ben Purcell, Del Campo, QB
The three-year starter, who is tough and crafty, will benefit from a lot of returning linemen, and big ones at that.
Austin Rigsby, Union Mine, RB
Rigsby, half of the Diamondbacks’ potent 1-2 punch (with quarterback Brody Pearman), rushed for 1,416 yards and 24 touchdowns last season.
Ryan Robards, Elk Grove, WR/DB/K/P
One of the most versatile players in the Thundering Herd’s storied history rarely has taken a down off as a three-year starter.
Calvin Robinson, Rio Linda, RB
Robinson, though only 5-foot-4 and 150 pounds, was hard to catch as he zipped for 1,084 yards in addition to making plays on special teams.
Raekwon Turner, Inderkum, RB/DB
Turner, a versatile player in the wing-T scheme and a leader on defense, combines with tight end/linebacker recruit Josh Falo to make a potent duo.
Kyle Uclaray, Bear River, RB/LB
He’s tough inside and able to break free; rushed for 991 yards and 14 touchdowns to help lead the Bruins to another section championship.
Trey Udoffia, Del Oro, WR/DB
The Colorado-bound Udoffia, a three-year starter, is one of the most explosive players in the section as a deep threat and on special-teams returns.
Caden Voges, Sacramento, QB
The most prolific returning passer in the state, Voges looks to improve on his impressive 2014, when he passed for 4,294 yards and 56 touchdowns.