Just before the season Rivals.com rolled out a quick little report on some of Southern California's class of 2008 best running back prospects. Now here is a look of some other fine underclassmen that will certainly be highly recruited this time next fall.
One of the very best players in all of California if not the nation for the class of 2008 is safety Rahim Moore (6-2, 190, 4.45) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey.
Moore is a big rangy player who led the tough Coliseum league with eight interceptions as a sophomore. He also had 56 solo tackles and 33 assists.
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Moore was of the few sophomores on the all-city team in 2005. He was also first-team all-league as a sophomore.
Moore also participates in track and ran the 440 in a very good 47 seconds.
So far Moore is off to a fine junior season on the gridiron and the big boys have taken notice.
Moore is getting serious junior love from UCLA, USC, Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, Ole Miss and Notre Dame has recently entered the picture.
Moore is definitely a name to jot down on your list of recruits for 2008.
Another safety standout is E.J. Woods (6-0, 186, 4.5) who played his sophomore ball at Santa Monica, Calif., he has now moved out to the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles and is now playing for Encino (Calif.) Crespi.
As a sophomore Woods earned second-team all-league after racking up 64 tackles and picking off one pass.
Woods is finally getting into the mix for his new team and has racked up six tackles. The word is he will really get the reps Crespi's next game when they hookup with Ventura (Calif.) Saint Bonaventure on September 29th. This week Crespi has a bye.
The Inland Empire area of Southern California is one of the fastest growing communities in the entire nation. It shouldn't come as a surprise that some of SoCal's best players are from the Inland Empire.
One of the very best for the class of 2008 is wide receiver Chris Polk (6-0, 200, 4.45) from Redlands (Calif.) East Valley. He is fast becoming one of the top receivers in Southern California.
In two games as a junior, Polk has 11 receptions for 267 yards and three touchdowns. He has also rushed for 67 yards and two touchdowns.
As a sophomore, Polk led East Valley in rushing with 446 yards and four touchdowns. He was second on the team with 764 receiving yards. He also had 64 receptions and eight touchdowns.
Adding into the equation is Polk's ability as a punt and kick returner. He had 390 return yards as a sophomore and led East Valley in total yards as a sophomore 1ith 1,600.
Washington, Arizona State, Oregon State, UNLV and UCLA are already ready looking at this multi-talented playmaker.
Another top-flight receiver for the class of 2008 is Kemonte Bateman (6-0, 175, 4.5) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw. Bateman is a smooth well schooled wide receiver who already runs great routes and has very soft hands.
Bateman is a fearless receiver who will catch the ball over the middle and go up in the air to do so even though he is about to get tattooed. He is also a very good runner after the catch.
Truly a playmaking wide receiver, Bateman did a great job as a sophomore when he stepped in when Crenshaw lost the availability of Tyquan Knox.
Bateman wound up with 56 receptions for 464 yards and five touchdowns. In the game we saw this year, Bateman had two touchdowns receiving.
UCLA is a high favorite but according to Bateman, USC, Cal, Oregon, Michigan, and Miami.
Bateman isn't the only member of the class of 2008 from Crenshaw to keep your eyes on. Wide receiver/defensive back Clinton Floyd (5-10, 175, 4.4) is also one that has a high skill set. Floyd is extremely athletic and makes plays on both sides of the ball.