FOUR & MORE: Best Inland Area RBs
PREP FOOTBALL RUNNING BACKS 2012
1. Craig Lee, Redlands — The hardest runner in the Inland Area, this 6-foot, 190-pound charges through tackles and has the speed to score whenever the Terriers give him the ball. Rumors are swirling that he’s imminently signing with a local PAC-10 school. FOMB thinks its UCLA. Can Lee cap his career with a Citrus Belt League title?
2. Jamal Morrow, Menifee Heritage – Emerged as the Patriots’ go-to tailback early with a dominating performance vs. San Jacinto in Week 0 in 2011 and barely stopped, finishing with 1,777 yards and 21 TDs. A bruising figure in the backfield, this 5-foot-9, 185-pounder also had 15 receptions in leading the Pats to their first ever title game.
3. Joseph Ajeigbe, Norco – This 5-foot-9, 212 pounder ran for more than 100 yards in nine of the Cougars’ last 10 games, and finished with 1,573 yards and 18 TDs behind Coach Todd Gerhart’s usually stout offensive lines. He’s no Toby Gerhart, but he’s pretty good.
4. Jacob Taylor, Lake Arrowhead Rim of the World – The reigning yards champion, Taylor (6-foot, 175 pounds) finished 2011 with 2,546 yards and 27 TDs. The Scots finished among the final in the East Valley division, with Taylor running 28 times for 154 yards and a TD in a blowout loss to Lancaster Paraclete in the semifinals.
AND MORE: Tyan Washington, Rancho Cucamonga – Really turned it on in the middle of the season but 5-foot-10, 170-pounder lacked finished ability; No TDs last four games.
Denzel Foster, Riverside North – Speedy and elusive, was an outlet for 2011 Player Of The Year Justin Gheorghe, and totaled 13 TDs and more than 1,400 yards.
Daniel Young, Rubidoux — Multi-sport star might choose basketball because he took a beating on his agile, 6-foot-1, 175-pound frame.
Allan Stubbs, Elsinore — Ran for 224 yards in his second game and ran off a streak of eight consecutive 100-yard games. At 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, he’s a little skinny.