Our early pick, and we mean very early, as the top player in the state heading in to the spring evaluation period is Sylmar (Calif.) athlete C.J. Gable. Gable is a great looking running back prospect who could also play receiver or anywhere in the secondary at the college level.
Gable, 6-1, 190 pounds was a 1st team all-state underclass selection and also earned Student Sports Junior All-American honors this past year after doing a little of everything for the Spartans. He rushed for 2,023 yards and 23 touchdowns, caught 14 balls for 230 yards and two touchdowns and had 81 tackles and four interceptions while playing safety.
With his size and bruising running style, Gable reminds us a bit of former UCLA and Carolina Panther running back DeShaun Foster. Gable runs very hard, has a nice burst and great hands out of the backfield. He has the ability to run over or around opposing tacklers and we've yet to see him get caught from behind.
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His versatility and ability to play multiple positions makes him one of the most intriguing prospects in the region. Gable and Dorsey's (Calif.) Stafon Johnson are similar in that they could both be recruited as athletes and those two players very well could end up being rated the top two players in Cali for next year.
On the recruiting front, Gable is hearing from most of the Pac 10 as well as Miami, Georgia and Nebraska.
"USC and UCLA have both offered me a scholarship," Gable said. "USC is my leader right now followed by Cal. Top five wise, I would add Nebraska, Miami and UCLA in that order. Miami was my favorite school growing up and I'm still open to anyone right now but I do like USC a lot and I liked what they're doing.
"I don't know what summer camps I'll be going to although I know I'll be going to the Nike Camp in Los Angeles and the B2G camp as well. I'm open to going through the recruiting process right now and don't mind what position I'm being recruited for, I just want to play."
Academically, Gable is carrying a 3.0 GPA and said he would like to major in Architecture. He'll take the SAT at a later date.